The Washington Post reported that Reince Preibus and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell held a private meeting yesterday to prepare a counter-attack in case Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wins the nomination.
Also on the docket, some strategizing over Trump’s recent rumblings about running third party despite signing a pledge not to do so.
Now, I’m sure the RNC will claim that if Trump is planning on reneging on his promise not to go third party, then they too can renege on their pledge to support whomever wins the nomination.
But I don’t believe they ever had any intention of backing Trump in the general election if he became the nominee.
And if we go down the “he started it!” “No! They started it!” route, consider that Trump didn’t begin testing the waters of running third party until after those within the GOP began rumbling about supporting Hillary if Trump were to receive the nomination.
So, if it’s a question of who fired first, that goes to the RNC.
But no matter.
This kind of backroom dealing is nothing short of a Star Chamber of sorts seeking to undermine the electoral process and the will of the people.
And trust me. If Trump were to fade, they’d do the same damn thing to Ted Cruz.
For all the criticism Reince Preibus may toss at the DNC for shielding Hillary and ensuring she has a clear path to the nomination, he and the GOP Star Chamber are guilty of doing the exact same thing.
These guys have gotten used to getting their way. They’ve gotten used to manipulating the process in order to give voters no choice but to vote for their hand-picked candidate. And just a glance at some of the attendees of this little pow-wow makes it clear, this meeting was to find a way to benefit more “establishment” candidates over the supposed “outsiders.”
From the Post’s article:
Attendees included Ward Baker, executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee; Rob Simms, his counterpart at the National Republican Congressional Committee; Ron Kaufman, an RNC committeeman and Romney confidant; and pollster Linda DiVall. Whit Ayres, an adviser to Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), and Vin Weber, an ally of former Florida governor Jeb Bush, also were there, among others.
Love him or hate him, Donald Trump has managed to be the fly in the ointment.
But here’s the thing. The RNC is living a hell of their own making.
Trump wouldn’t have been able to catch fire had the Republican voters not gotten sick and tired of the RNC pushing on us loser candidates election after election. Trump wouldn’t have gained the level of support he has if the RNC were actually interested in being the party of their voters.
The fact that this party would prefer mounting a floor fight at the convention rather than accepting whatever candidate wins enough primaries to secure the nomination seems a tad sour-grapey to me.
The bottom line is, the RNC has never trusted their own voters to decide whom to nominate. As far as they’re concerned, the Republican Party would be awesome if only they could get rid of Republican voters.
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