Cory Bernardi wants to be Australia’s Donald Trump. He thinks he can do this by starting his own conservative party, but what Cory doesn’t know is he can’t be like Trump because of one big, fat glaring fact – Cory is an establishment politician.
Poor Cory thinks that Trump won the White House because he was anti-PC. He said what he liked, seemingly without a filter, and the people responded to this. If you think that’s all Trump had to do to win, you have sorely misunderstood what occurred. Trump’s biggest plus for voters wasn’t that he was fine with calling Mexicans rapists. It wasn’t that he had a particularly intense and lecherous form of so-called ‘locker room’ chat. It was because he was a businessman with no political background. He was someone different, someone new, someone that voters who had felt hard done by over the years might change the system.
Cory began his Senate career in 2006 when he was parachuted into the vacant seat left by the retirement of Senator Robert Hill. Being selected by the Liberal Party to fill this role makes one think that Cory was from the party mould. Political outfits rarely give an outsider or unknown a chance to fill a vacant seat. They give it to those who exemplify the party values. Cory was a manufactured Liberal. He was told when to vote and how to vote and he followed. It’s going to be very difficult for him to carve himself out as something different when he has spent so long being the same.
Trump also had a lot of bravado and was able to say things that stuck. He systematically destroyed his GOP nominee opponents by calling them names and attacking their political history. They couldn’t do this to him because he had no political history. His opponents tried to take him to task over failed business ventures but they wouldn’t take the leap to Trump’s level that was required. Marco Rubio did once, questioning Trump’s masculinity by pointing out his unusually small hands. He then apologised for this whilst Trump coined the term Little Marco and made a mockery of him to the point he withdrew before John Kasich, even though he had more preliminary votes.
Cory has a blog that doesn’t get much attention outside the few die hard fans of his and he generally doesn’t get much attention in the media other than leftist programs and newspapers constantly using him as a punching bad. To be fair to these outlets, Cory makes himself an easy target for ridicule. Whether it is questioning global warming or saying that marriage equality will lead to bestiality, Cory sure knows how to draw the ire of the left. Also, the fact that Cory is defecting wouldn’t be as big an issue if the Turnbull Government wasn’t already in turmoil. Cory doesn’t have the personality to be a Trump. When he speaks, few too people listen.
The Liberal Party, according to Cory, won’t allow him to say whatever he wants, irrespective of whether it is offensive. For this, Cory is starting his own party. That is a weak platform to begin on, one that can’t be sustained for very long. Most of this stems from Cory’s outdated views of abortion and same-sex marriage and the illogical notion that the majority Christian ethos is under attack from the minority Islam ethos in Australia. He is banking on there being enough people in Australia who hold those same views. However, there is already a party for those thinkers. It is called One Nation and is led by a walking mouth in Pauline Hanson. He will be competing for voters, not with the Liberal Party, but with One Nation.
Also, let’s call this for what it is. It’s a coward’s move. Cory would like us to believe he gallantly fought within the Liberal Party to shift its direction in the right way, that being a more conservative one according to Cory. This sentiment masks the fact the Cory ran as a Liberal to get re-elected in July last year to a 6 year term. Announcing his defection 6 months into that term, allowing him to set a platform over 5 years to be reelected, shows how little faith he had in his convictions and beliefs resonating with the people to win a spot in the Senate. I don’t often agree with George Brandis but I’m with him in saying that Cory should resign and re-contest as an Independent.
Cory has around five and a half years to make himself into Donald Trump. This won’t happen because he is still part of the establishment no matter how many minorities he offends or scientific facts he disregards.