GOP Insiders Determined to Make Their Suicide a Messy One


With the most popular Republican Presidential candidate (and possibly the top two) in open existential warfare with the GOP leadership, it’s clear that the party, as we know it, will not survive into 2017.  A leadership change is being forced by deeply unhappy conservative voters, but the old guard leaders, represented by Senators McConnell and Graham and House Speaker Ryan (and Boehner before him) are not going quietly into the night.

In fact, recent actions by the party indicate an unthinkable level of willingness to self-destruct, even to purposely lose the election rather than allow a popular outsider like Donald Trump to win the nomination and the general election.  According to Politico, GOP leadership is taking measures to set up a possible independent run at the last minute in order to split the vote and prevent their own candidate from winning the general.

Although shockingly deceitful and destructive, such a move actually makes sense.  The current party leadership might survive another loss to Democrats with whom they share more in common than they do with their increasingly alienated constituency.  But they might not survive a huge victory by a free candidate, like Trump, “loaded for bear” against them.

Another strategy reported by the New York Times is for the GOP leadership to force a brokered convention and nominate a candidate friendlier than Trump: Marco Rubio or John Kasich – but NOT Ted Cruz.  BlurBrain commented about this as follows (emphasis mine):

Why not just run Romney or McCain again?

Once again the Party elites are bound and determined to find some way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by dumping some lackluster nominee on the unwilling Republican voters in the mistaken belief that only some Johnny Milquetoast RINO can appeal to the wider segment of society.

Dude, we tried that, TWICE and it failed…

How about for a change they just let the people decide who they want, for better or worse and then get the hell out of the way?

This election isn’t going to be about ‘likes and wants’ as much as who you hate and fear the most. And right now it seems the GOPe is siding with the Democrats.

Cross-Posted at Political Clown Parade and Blog of Monte Cristo.


Filed under Elections, Mitch McConnell, Republicans

4 responses to “GOP Insiders Determined to Make Their Suicide a Messy One

  1. Ting

    It’s a mess, I tell you. A mess. And was it really just about 6 months ago that Reince Preibus and all the other muckety mucks were crowing about their “deep bench”? We are governed by fools and lunatics and liars and cheats. I can only think of 2 Senators who I trust (they are not running for President) and about 4 or maybe 5 Representatives. A sad, sad picture. I know that POTUS matters. All we have to do is look at the current one to know that is true. But Congress is what really keeps me awake at night, because there are so many of them, with so many motives, and so little spine.


    • You hit it exactly right, Ting. Congress is our real nightmare. Their culture of corruption runs deep, too. And the Senate is the WORST! When they complain about how “nobody in the Senate likes Ted Cruz,” that only makes me like Cruz more. Being an outsider in a viper den like that has to be a plus. Of course, Cruz has his own problems…


  2. Pistol Pete

    McConnell to Republican Senators: “We will Drop Trump Like a Hot Rock”

    McConnell reassured Republican members of the upper chamber they could run negative ads against Trump if he becomes the nominee and it threatens their re-election, reports The New York Times.

    Additionally, McConnell told Republican senators during the members’ weekly lunch that the potential of Trump losing to Hillary Clinton is a given and it is best to describe to voters that a Republican Senate is a necessary check to a Clinton presidency.


  3. Pistol Pete

    Claim: GOP’s secret plan to block Trump, even by electing Hillary


    Establishment ‘seeks to draft Romney if Rubio doesn’t perform’
    Beware the ‘Big Steal,’” Stone warned. “The leaders of the GOP establishment plan to steal the nomination from Trump and to thwart the popular will, and they don’t care if they lose. Trump threatens all the establishment GOP leaders’ cozy deals. He’s a threat to the lobbying class. He’s a threat to the consultant class. He’s a threat to the globalists.”

    “So, the GOP establishment has decided to go to ‘Plan B,’” Stone insists. “If Rubio loses Florida and it becomes clear he can’t suck up enough delegates to block Trump on the first ballot in Cleveland, then the GOP establishment will draft Romney to run.”

    “The GOP establishment has lawyers right now checking filing deadlines to make sure Romney can yet be registered in the big primaries remaining, including New York, New Jersey and California,” he noted.