Friday, August 12, 2016

RNC Plans a Come to Jesus Meeting for Trump but He Won't be There

As I suggested in my last post what I think is going on is Trump sees the polls but his solution is the opposite of what the RNC and his own staff want.

They and most people who understand how campaigns work want him to 'pivot.' But he thinks pivoting isn't the solution, it's the problem.

"The Manhattan billionaire bristled at the notion that referring to the president and his former secretary of state as the co-founders of a terrorist group intent on killing Americans was somehow inappropriate. He said that he has been successful thus far as a political outsider throughout the election cycle by speaking his mind, and if that ends up costing him the general election, so be it."

UPDATE: This is the actual Come to Jesus meeting.

Josh Marshall argues that Trump actually misses Corey Lewandowski.

1: As big of a hothead and a clown as Lewandowski was/is, I think he did much more for Trump then people (me included) realized. With a …

2: freak like Trump, you need someone with him 24/7 to keep him on the rails. Corey kept Trump on the crazy rails. But they were rails."

Meanwhile, GOPers are urging the RNC to pull the plug on Trump-basically do what they did to Dole in 1996 where funds and resources are diverted from the POTUS race to down ballot races.

"More than 70 Republicans have signed an open letter to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus urging him to stop spending any money to help Donald Trump win in November and shift those contributions to Senate and House races."

"The letter comes as a number of Republican senators and high-profile GOP national security officials have come forward saying they cannot vote for Trump."

“We believe that Donald Trump’s divisiveness, recklessness, incompetence, and record-breaking unpopularity risk turning this election into a Democratic landslide, and only the immediate shift of all available RNC resources to vulnerable Senate and House races will prevent the GOP from drowning with a Trump-emblazoned anchor around its neck,” states a draft of the letter obtained by POLITICO."

“This should not be a difficult decision, as Donald Trump’s chances of being elected president are evaporating by the day.”

"The letter ticks off a series of Trump actions that they believe have "alienated millions of voters of all parties,” including, attacking Gold Star families, positive comments about violent foreign leaders and encouraging Russia to find Clinton’s lost emails."

“Those recent outrages have built on his campaign of anger and exclusion, during which he has mocked and offended millions of voters, including the disabled, women, Muslims, immigrants, and minorities,” the letter states. “He also has shown dangerous authoritarian tendencies, including threats to ban an entire religion from entering the country, order the military to break the law by torturing prisoners, kill the families of suspected terrorists, track law-abiding Muslim citizens in databases, and use executive orders to implement other illegal and unconstitutional measures.”

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It's a catch 22. It makes sense on one level as the only hope is to make sure Congressional GOPers outperform Trump, but the larger the size of his loss is, the more that imperils down ticket races via the coattail effect.

Meanwhile, GOPers are becoming even more pessimistic about Trump's chances:

"GOP insiders: Trump can't win."

'Trump is underperforming so would take video evidence of a smiling Hillary drowning a litter of puppies while terrorists surrounded her with chants of ‘Death to America,’' said an Iowa Republican.
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No doubt, most GOP insiders always assumed Trump would lose but what's spooking them is the possibility of a landslide loss-again, the coattail effect.

There was a GOPer on Chris Hayes' 11 PM show who said the GOP was expecting a Mitt Romney size loss. That would mean Trump is a generic Republican which is anything but the case.

You always hear the Urban Legend that if Hillary had faced Marco Rubio she'd lose in a landslide. I disagree. That would be more like Obama-Romney but the Dems would still have the demographic advantage.

Trump however puts a landslide win on the table.
Finally, I'm happy to see Hillary is indeed taking the layup. She lets Trump talk and doesn't step on his mess by making it about herself.

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