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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

How The GOP Establishment Leaders View The Primary Results

Thus far, Karl Rove's plans to put a RINO of his choosing behind the desk of the Oval Office have been derailed:

Between a Rock and the White House (image credit)

As of this posting, Donald Trump has won a majority of delegates in eight states and is the only candidate so far to have met the parameters of Rule 40. See What Is a Brokered Convention? GOP Rules Favor Trump.

For months, the leadership of the GOP said time and again that Trump would never get this far. Now the Party's leadership is coming to a sort of realization of what's happened to their power as leaders of the GOP — albeit not a full realization.

From this article in the Washington Post:
..."The critique was there: The Republican Party was out of touch,” said Peter Wehner, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and former George W. Bush speechwriter. “But the breakdown occurred because we got into a cycle where policy didn’t matter at all. Policy was not just secondary, but it was almost not even in the conversation. And when people tried to interject policy — whether it was Rubio or Bush or others — there was just no appetite for it. It didn’t catch on.”

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“The party finds itself catching up to its base. Those very elegant papers it published and conferences it held may have been good and smart, but they didn’t really matter,” said William J. Bennett, a conservative talk-show host and former education secretary in Ronald Reagan’s administration. “Instead, everyone who’s been prominent for the last 15 to 20 years finds themselves getting pushed out.”...
Read the rest HERE.

59 comments:

  1. I understand that the rules in place for the last convention don't necessarily apply to this one. That "they" will meet prior to this convention and set the rules. The last rules were set in place to favor Romney. Either way, a brokered convention coming. Thanks Soros supported Kasich.

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    1. Yes, rules can change at the convention.

      My understanding about Rule 40, however, is that that rule came about after the convention per se -- because the thinking was that if Romney had been the default earlier, he could have won in November 2012 because more money would have poured into his campaign coffers earlier on. I got this information face-to-face from a GOP insider who is a part of the GOP "establishment."

      I heard that Soros has supported Kasich. I'm not surprised!

      I'm not so sure about a brokered convention. A lot of worries in the inner circle about exercising that option.

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    2. Makes sense, thanks for clarifying. I think we are in for a rough ride at the convention either way.

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  2. What is particular interesting and important about this primary cycle: the two GOP candidates who have a realistic path to the White House are outsiders (Cruz and Trump).

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  3. The GOP establishment, including those esteemed men quoted in the article, is on life support because they've been trapped in their own bubble and huffing their own fumes.

    The American people don't give a damn about "policy." The American people want a non-nutty can-do president who will stop the bi-partisan DC project of selling our birthright out from under us and playing patsy to the rest of the world who despise us--while excoriating us for our militarism--while demanding under the covers that we go invade over there to stop (fill in the blank).

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  4. Bernie is under the Clinton Panzer's tread tracks... the Bern is now a wet fizzle...

    So, does the GOP Establishment get serious, or do they give up and go with Hillary?

    Is Kasich now the establishment candidate? Can he thread the needle to a brokered convention nomination? Will Cruz accept the VP position?

    Can Kasich-Cruz beat Hillary-Castro?

    Will El Donaldo go quietly into that good night?

    Stay tuned to FOX News!*

    Folks, in the end, it's not what you want, it's what the Global Elites want. They wanted Barry before you did. They "socialized" the idea of President Barack Obama, planted it in the public consciousness. You libs don't think you came up with His Barackness on your own, do you?

    * - Is it just me, or are Megyn Kelly and Shep Smith beginning to resemble one another?

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    1. Will El Donaldo go quietly into that good night?
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      BWAHAHAHAHAHA

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    2. Kasich-Cruz? Who would vote for THAT in November? Trump doesn't spell s-e-t-t-l-e for any Republican Party with a future.

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    3. Cruz-Kasich maybe. Cruz-Fiorina is more likely.

      It's all fantasy football until Trump chokes in the playoffs.

      "But the KKK, a liberal Jersey governor, and a brain surgeon that reminds me of child molesters love me! Isn't Hillary a stupid slut with cankles?"

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    4. 2016: The year the movie Idiocracy became a documentary.

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    5. Which one did you back, beamish? I haven't met "Mr None-of-the-Above" yet but I have to admit, his credentials are unassailable!

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    6. I took a similar, but oppoite, tack myself. I'm now an "anyone but Kasich" supporter.

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    7. Kasich - Cruz?

      Why would a psychotic egomaniac accept second billing?
      That won't happen.

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    8. Kasich-Cruz is not my ticket. Just speculating on what the GOP Establishmentarians may be shooting for.

      My own view? The fire is out of control

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    9. Despite the fact that he hasn't welcomed me back to the GOP with a promise to round up Romney supporters and dispose of them through a tree mulcher, I could see myself reluctantly voting for Cruz (Jesus freaks don't skeer me...)

      Now that we're past goodbye Rubio Tuesday, I expect to see Trump knocked on his ass in one-on-ones with Cruz when he's not rallying the Klan or crying on Twitter.

      If Trump wins the nomination, count me as an enthusiastic vote for Hillary.

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    10. figgered you all aloong as a Hillary boy there beamis

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    11. No, I detest Hillary Clinton. But, I buy products, not salesmen. Donald Trump can rot at the sales counter with the commission Hillary gives him.

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    12. Well if your voting for a clinton you sure as hell aint a conservative. I'd write in somebody first

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    13. If it takes you longer than 0.34 nanoseconds to dismiss Trump as Hillary's stalking horse, you don't even know where to go to find conservatives.

      I'll vote for Hillary over Trump because Trump is a cheap knockoff of Hillary, and like my breaking points undiluted.

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    14. What will teach the Republican Party anything but a total rout against their favorite boogey-woman?

      If Trump gets the nomination, I will vote for Hillary along with my cat, my socks, and whoever / whatever else the St. Louis County election judges allow to vote as Democrats.

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    15. I ain't a Tump voter. You aint too smart

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    16. Beamish, and you think Hillary would nominate someone more centrist or at least more Constitutionalist to the Supreme Court than Trump would?
      We have to keep our eyes on the High Court.

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    17. Forever is 36 cents and Dragunov scope.

      What? Trump is calling for riots if he isn't nominated. Even if he lacks the delegates.

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    18. On a darker note, the only known names on Donald Trump's VP list are Oprah Winfrey and Kanye West. I'm going to guess judge Joe Brown or Judge Judy are on his SC nomination list.

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    19. That's absolutely NOT true, beamish. I heard that Tom Brady and Mike Ditka were also on his VP list...

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    20. I've only heard from Trump that he really likes Oprah Winfrey. He probably hasn't given it much thought because he doesn't intend to be President.

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  5. Kasich's win in Ohio may spell TRAGEDY for the USA. He is staying in the race –– PRIMARILY –– to SPOIL Donald Trump's chances of winning enough delegates to cinch the nomination and avoid the "Contested Convention" for which he stupid, selfish, power-mad GOP Stabbies, apparently, long.

    [NOTE: I did think Governor Kasich was a decent, sincere human being, but if it's true that he accepted support from the likes of GEORGE SOROS, he is just another piece of filth that ought to be cleansed from the scene with the moral equivalent of muriatic acid.]

    Mr. Trump may be an unknown quantity, –– he's often called "a loose cannon" –– who MIGHT betray "Conservative" interests, but we already know with absolute certainty that HILLAWITCH is hell bent on giving our country the coup de grace with the left-leaning fiends she is CERTAIN to nominate to the Supreme Court.

    THAT –– and ONLY that –– should be uppermost in "our" minds no matter WHO gets the GOP nomination.

    In case you hadn't noticed The Supreme Court has become THE most powerful of the three supposedly "co-equal" branches of government.

    This happened a long time ago, because CONGRESS has been far more interested in winning elections to h old on to power and perquisites than they have been in governing honestly and forthrightly.

    I had hoped early on that Dr. Carson and Carly Fiorina would prevail, but had to accept that was impossibile. So, as a reluctant pragmatist I have to say, personally, prefer Senator CRUZ to Mr. Trump as the best possible alternative to Her Heinous, but unfortunately Senator Cruz's chances of getting the nomination appear to be slim to none.

    If you can't get the candidate you WANT,
    At least don't encourage the COUNT.


    [Think "country" when you say that, and you'll catch my drift. };-]>

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  6. Rubio becomes one more Republican who sounds better in defeat than he ever did on the campaign trail. Makes me wonder who the real Marco it, and how he would have fared without all the coaching and the handlers...

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  7. Lots of articles out there pointing to how out of touch the GOP Establishment is. A quote from Tim Stanley:

    "Conservatism, according to the script, is a stool that sits on three legs: neoconservative foreign policy, free market economics and social conservatism"

    Well...

    Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Rice burned the neocon leg off the stool...

    The Free Market leg was found to be a fake, made out of hollow balsa wood...

    And the nation has overwhelmingly rejected social conservatism preached to them by a pharasiacal clutch of hypocrites.

    So, that leaves the GOP sitting on their asses on a little round wooden circle on the floor, looking around in dazed confusion wondering what the hell happened.

    No stool, no ideas, no concept of how to sell ideas if they had any, no charisma, no charity in their hearts, no clue...

    And we wonder why Donald Trump is storming the ramparts and on his way to being the GOP's standard-bearer...

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  8. Obama has desecrated our military!
    Obama has stagnated our economy and due to his "consistent printing of MONEY" with the Fed Reserve - we could topple any day/anytime now!
    I have some swampland in Phoenix for sale if you believe Nobamas unemployment numbers! They should be @ 9.5-10.5%
    HRC- She should go to jail for Benghazi and for the emails
    Nobama should go to jail for Fast and Furious, Benghazi, and his Immigration policies

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    1. Obama has desecrated our military!

      Right. But when did our military become something holy?

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    2. John, the word, or term "desecrated" can mean degraded, dishonored; , damaged,oe destroyed...
      so what do you find so wrong with what I wrote.

      Huh Albert Einstein?

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    3. Herr Kleinsach von Richthoffen said

      When did our military become something holy?

      When it won our freedom from England during the American Revolution, Dumkopf.

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  9. The number of people who know who George Soros is are vastly outnumbered by those who don't or don't care or do know and don't care. Outside a sliver of people that live for hunting boogeymen, "Kasich took money from Soros" barely has enough calories to fuel a yawn.

    "Kasich is unapologetically for amnesty." There's your fire.

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  10. My only question would be, how are Amnesty and the TPP going to "fix" the economy?

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    1. And your question is an excellent one. I agree.

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    2. Last time we had an "amnesty" America's GDP doubled and we ended the Cold War with a lot of cool terrorist killing toys.

      Illegal immigration isn't a hot bed issue for me, really. Won't be until someone shows me it will never imperil the welfare state.

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    3. Count me as an "Annex Mexico and make them speak English" sort.

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    4. Guess that "giant sucking sound" of jobs moving South was just an auditory mis-perception, eh, beamish?

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    5. The US border acts like a >check-valve for keeping all US dollars flowing flowing quickly away from it.

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    6. It's one thing to remove the check valve from the Mexican border, and quite another to remove all the others flowing into Washington DC.

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    7. My job didn't move to Mexico. It did get me a $375,000 house and some acres.

      And the Latino guy, Pedro Whatevero, keeps my lawn better than the punk neighborhood kids, and cheaper.

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    8. typical elitist response. I got mine, F everybody else and F the country

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    9. Come mow my lawn, then. I had goats doing it, until coyotes ate them.

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    10. Pedro isn't his competition, Richard. Monty is. ;)

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    11. Mexicans suck at tree surgery ;)

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    12. Beamish,
      My job didn't move to Mexico. It did get me a $375,000 house and some acres.

      Apparently, things haven't worked out that way for many Americans, however.

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    13. Well, I'm not here by the grace of cereal box tops. Or a President.

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  11. Here's a good article on how the GOP reasserts itself and dumps Trump

    The potemkin primaries are just a kabuki to fool "voters" into believing they can pick the party's nominee. Various GOP insiders have said as much over the past few days.

    Same applies to both parties. You can throw those old Normal Rockwell paintings in the garbage. Our major parties are in Castro's Cuba territory.

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    1. It's relatively easy to steal the nomination. Getting Trump voters to the General 3.5 months after "stiffing them" in July is another matter entirely.

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    2. I think it's silly to believe votes don't matter in primaries, but suddenly will in the general.

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  12. While everyone's going gaga over their favorite bogeyman, Soros .... this may put the half million to Kasich in perspective.

    Love the 120 million they put down on Jebito. Then his campaign gives him a dead ride. Exquisite.

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    1. Mrs. Grundy,
      That's quite a video.

      Title of the video: "Trump Calls Out George Soros In New Ad."

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  14. Aside from everything else, Trump knows how this diseased system of choosing a candidate works. His strategy of threatening to go 3rd party and thereby assuring a democrat win is spot on. The remaining question is that if Trump should win a general election - will he serve the Conservatives. Regardless, anything is better than the hildebeast cackling and lying to the 37th power from the wh for at least 4 years. I literally pray this does not happen.

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    1. Kid,
      I have a difficult time believing that any GOP candidate can defeat the Clinton Machine.

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