Do you ever feel as though you’re living in a parallel universe? On the one hand, we have a GOP candidate who’s won more primary votes than any other in history – even after fighting off well over a dozen contenders. Gosh, that seems to indicate some voter enthusiasm for Donald Trump.
But on the other hand, we have GOP leaders, pundits and donors who absolutely cannot stand the guy. Endorsements are grudging or rescinded, and the campaign to find (and fund) a third alternative is still alive.
As Politico reports, “On Friday afternoon, at an exclusive Republican donor retreat (in Park City, Utah) hosted by Mitt Romney, frustration boiled over. During an off-the-record question-and-answer session with House Speaker Paul Ryan, Meg Whitman, the billionaire Hewlett Packard chief executive officer, confronted the speaker over his endorsement of Trump. Whitman, a major GOP giver who ran for California governor in 2010, compared Trump to historical demagogues like Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini and wanted to know how the speaker could get behind him.
At another discussion session during the day, which featured top Romney alumni Stuart Stevens and Matt Rhoades, Ana Navarro, a Republican contributor and ubiquitous cable news personality, called Trump a “racist” and a “vulgarian and a pig who has made disgusting comments about women for years.” (Neither Whitman nor Navarro would comment.)
Even Ryan, who has endorsed Trump despite criticizing his behavior, joked during his presentation on Friday that in a recent conversation with magician David Copperfield, he said that he wished he could make him disappear.
The incidents, which were relayed by three sources who were present — one of whom described them as “shocking” — illustrates the intense anger coursing through the GOP donor community. Far from letting go of their white-knuckled opposition to Trump, they’re stewing in it.”
It must be noted that two of these detractors, Mitt Romney and Meg Whitman, were unsuccessful in their bids for office, so their comments would seem to be a little sour grapes-y if you ask me (and I know you didn’t).
Trump has recently cut his estimates as to how much money he’ll need to raise and/or spend for his campaign. Given the fact that these big donors aren’t interested in supporting him, it’s a good thing he a. has his own money and b. doesn’t think he needs more.
In fact, the venerable Koch brothers have announced they will not contribute to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, and will instead fund a bi-partisan campaign encouraging voters to “unite and fix the rigged economy.” Wait, isn’t that Bernie Sanders’ campaign theme?
What’s more, some high roller donors may even defect and support Hillary.
“In an interview (at the event), Spencer Zwick, Romney’s former finance chair and one of the most prominent fundraisers in Republican politics, said that some of Romney’s donors would stay on the sidelines — and that others would even give to his Democratic opponent.
“I’m sure you’ll see some that end up supporting Secretary Clinton,” he said.
How. Can. This. Be?
Here we have a GOP candidate, about whom a large portion of the electorate is really excited, running against a corrupt liberal progressive liar who will only continue the disastrous policies of Barack Hussein Obama, and yet our own team seems to prefer to go down in flames, because they don’t like his “style?”
Sorry to say, but this just sounds so “high school.” No one likes the new kid. He’s upset the applecart, and to think these are the very same folks who go on and on about conservative bona fides and principles! They’d rather support HILLARY?
The other dirty little secret is that perhaps some of these folks would rather take a dive in 2016 so they can set themselves up for 2020.
Politico says, “And while they may be reluctant to admit it, some are starting to think about the next presidential election — in 2020. Among those making the trek to Utah this week were Ryan, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — all of whom were seen here as potential future White House contenders. All were mobbed.”
This sort of gamesmanship is precisely why the electorate is so darn p*ssed off in the first place. Trump has chewed up and spit out the “rulebook” and the political elite is out of its perfectly coiffed head.
Isn’t that marvelous?
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]