Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Two Things the GOP Establishment Fears Most If Trump Wins the Nomination

Tom Brown brought this up yesterday-what do the GOPers do if Trump really wins the nomination?

"If Trump becomes the nominee, and he's openly fascist at the time (I don't think he's necessarily there yet, but I'm extrapolating), then perhaps (just perhaps!) a few of the big GOP donors might actually sit it out."

"I could see Jennifer Rubin (for example) actually endorsing HRC if Trump were the nominee. For fuck's sake, she's already said he's "totalitarian." And she's already stated that HRC is to the right of Cruz and Trump on foreign policy (to the right, being a good thing in her book). I could see Rand Paul and McCain doing the same. Perhaps the WSJ too would endorse HRC. Trump might evolve into such a vile candidate, that a David Vitter type reaction takes place. That would be an incremental improvement in my book, even if it only influences a small minority of GOP voters. Perhaps Sheldon Adleson would refuse his millions, if they'd go towards a Trump campaign. I could see Trump getting into a conflict with Adleson... wouldn't take much for him to fly off the handle and say something antisemitic or insulting towards a donor class guy like Adleson. It's unlikely, but it's far from inconceivable. The ADL (on their website today) seems pretty alarmed by the fascistic tone coming from "some candidates."

"Wouldn't it be ironic if in the end, ... if Trump is the official GOP nominee, that the OTHER candidates (except Cruz and Carson perhaps), actually refuse to support him? Lol... Here Fox was trying to trap Trump (w/ the 1st question of the 1st debate) into being the one guy who'd be a backstabber to the GOP should he lose the nomination, when I could actually see the tables exactly reversed (and a majority of the other candidates refusing to support Trump)... should Trump continue on his trajectory towards fascism but simultaneously win the nomination. That outcome would split the GOP into two or more parties I think."

The GOP fears that Hillary would trounce Trump in Goldwater terms.

"The Republican Party faces a nightmare scenario with Trump as its nominee, with two possible outcomes—both of which are unappetizing. The more likely possibility is that Trump could so offend the general public that the GOP would get a historic electoral drubbing to rival the 1964 defeat of Barry Goldwater, who carried only a handful of states and handed over super-majorities to Democrats in Congress and the Senate. Democrats are highly unlikely to win such super-majorities in 2016, but with the Republican ticket headed by a loudmouth bigot they could certainly pick up seats in the House and re-take the Senate."

But as bad as that would be, the GOP has an even larger fear. What could be worse than Hillary blowing away Trump?

"But the other possible outcome is even worse for the GOP: Trump could win the presidency. A recent Washington Post article about panic within the Republican establishment made clear that there are leading figures in the party who are terrified at the prospect of a Trump presidency. “We’re potentially careening down this road of nominating somebody who frankly isn’t fit to be president in terms of the basic ability and temperament to do the job,” one GOP strategist told the Post. “It’s not just that it could be somebody Hillary could destroy electorally, but what if Hillary hits a banana peel and this person becomes president?” Here is a Republican strategist having nightmares about a Republican candidate winning the White House."

Meanwhile. a dittohead told Rush yesterday that if the Establishment destroys Trump, he'll vote for Hillary himself. 

So we've come full circle. The Establishment would rather Hillary than Trump. And the base would rather Hillary than Rubio. 

Funny, I feel the same way.


  1. Nice article Mike,

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving Good Sir! That was my last piece for the day, I'm headed to my brother and his family in CT.

    Should be back at it tomorrow or Sat at the latest

  3. Agreed, very good piece!

    Happy Thanksgiving to both you guys!

  4. Happy Thanksgiving to you too Greg!

    I'm headed for my bro's place too. He's an hour away, and the freeway will be empty... always an enjoyable drive. ;^)