For GOP elite, the stink of panic

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Republican governors and donors gathered behind closed doors in Washington a week ago, trying to summon the courage needed to take on Donald Trump. An animated Karl Rove spoke to the group, urging them to act immediately and warning them of potential disaster if they fail.

As The New York Times reports in a fascinating new peek behind the curtains:

“At a meeting of Republican governors the next morning, Paul R. LePage of Maine called for action. Seated at a long boardroom table at the Willard Hotel, he erupted in frustration over the state of the 2016 race, saying Mr. Trump’s nomination would deeply wound the Republican Party. Mr. LePage urged the governors to draft an open letter “to the people,” disavowing Mr. Trump and his divisive brand of politics.”

Yes, I know what you’re thinking. That’s the same Paul LePage who endorsed Trump on Friday, joining Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey. “I was Donald Trump before Donald Trump became popular, so I think I should support him since we are one of the same cloth,” LePage said.

The Times piece also describes the intense pressure on Gov. John Kasich of Ohio to leave the race, and Kasich’s equally intense refusal to do so. But perhaps the best gauge of the panic setting in comes from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:

“While still hopeful that Mr. Rubio might prevail, Mr. McConnell has begun preparing senators for the prospect of a Trump nomination, assuring them that, if it threatened to harm them in the general election, they could run negative ads about Mr. Trump to create space between him and Republican senators seeking re-election. Mr. McConnell has raised the possibility of treating Mr. Trump’s loss as a given and describing a Republican Senate to voters as a necessary check on a President Hillary Clinton, according to senators at the lunches.”

That is a drowning man grasping at straws. There is almost zero chance that the Republicans would be able to hold the Senate if Trump is the electoral disaster that McConnell apparently fears. And Republican senators running anti-Trump ads? Any senator who took that course would alienate a good chunk of their own base, ensuring their defeat.

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ByteMe
ByteMe

Immigration sheetz...

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Boy, those Republicans, if they're good at anything, it's vetting their candidates!

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/02/29/the-kkk-and-mob-allegations-haunting-donald-trump.html

[A]n apologist might just shrug and say it was what everybody had to do back in the day in order to build anything at all.

A Trump supporter might even suggest that he and indeed all his fellow builders were victims of the mob in that era.

But few of the builders who accepted S&A concrete as an offer they could not refuse actually met with Salerno, as Trump is said to have done in the office of Roy Cohn the lawyer and fixer, who represented The Donald as well as the Don.

And only Trump helped a lady friend of a mob connected union boss secure financing for three duplex apartments priced at nearly $10 million directly beneath the Trump penthouse in the signature Trump Tower. Verina Hixon’s complex included the building’s only private swimming pool, an addition that required structural alterations to the building.

Peachs
Peachs

Sam Nunn is heading up the negotiations with the Russians in the Syrian crisis. It reminds me of better times in Georgia. In those days the state had a future, it was producing some of the greatest leaders in this country.

Today we have last place finishes in most every thing we do including education, economy, leadership, and healthcare.

Peachs
Peachs

The Democrat party in the 70s was having the same problem that the Republican Party is having today. The common denominator in both situations is the Southern right wing, took over the party and caused the enternal conflict. .

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

A war on correct-ness

Never has a 'movement' so closely matched a cause.

JamVet
JamVet

Is td still defending the size of the KKK?

Those Baptists do stick together...

td1234
td1234

@JamVet I forgot to thank you for pointing out the SPLC and there stats. 5000 in the whole USA make a great deal of progressives run and hide under their beds. 

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 @JamVet So Cruz is a progressive?  I thought that was your man.


"Really sad," Cruz wrote on Twitter.

Cruz further told Trump that "you're better than this. We should all agree, racism is wrong, KKK is abhorrent."

Rubio later wrote: "We cannot be a party that nominates someone who refuses to condemn white supremacists and the KKK"

td1234
td1234

@StraightNoChaser Trump and Cruz are throwing everything, including the kitchen sink, in a desperate attempt to make something, anything bring Trump back to them. 


Nothing seems to work and nothing will because Trump is the vessel of a movement. 

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser Yea he's a vessel alright as well as a pathological liar...


"I don't know anything about David Duke, OK? I don't know anything about what you're even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists," Trump told anchor Jake Tapper.

"I have to look at the group. I mean, I don't know what group you're talking about," Trump said after Tapper asked him about it again.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser Actually more lies by Trump....


"Honestly, I don't know David Duke. I don't believe I've ever met him. I'm pretty sure I didn't meet him. And I just don't know anything about him," Trump replied.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser Actually all his voters hear is bloviation, stand up comedy and name calling.  Never anything of substance.  It's difficult for his voters to recognize that they are not at a late night show because they did not listen when they were told not to breed with their sisters, brothers, and cousins.

JamVet
JamVet

@td1234 @JamVet

There stats?

You make so many childish spelling errors it is inconceivable to me that you really went to college.

Have you ever considered asking for your money back?

td1234
td1234

@StraightNoChaser If those Blue collar whites in the mid west dump Hillary and go with Trump then Trump wins by a landslide. 


4% more turnout with less than a college degree whites in FL, OH, PA, MI, NH, CO and NV is all it will take to flip everyone of those states. 

td1234
td1234

@JamVet Is this a grammar blog or is it a political blog? 


Just think I make spelling mistakes on a grammar blog and have a degree in Education. 

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser

Yeah and if I win the Powerball next weekend I will probably quit my job.


Chances for a Trump victory might be a little better than that, but not much.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser Donald Trump helped to get Pelosi and Reed elected.  How does it feel to be a bloviating idiot now td?  Seriously, you really think that eveangelical conservatives are going to vote for Trump?  You do know that Trump received the least eveangelical vote in SC?  Damn, I guess Trump has been leaving that out of his smoke and mirrors I'm doing great speeches. Without the GOP evangelical, Latino's and blacks it's over for Trump.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@td1234 @JamVet

I forgot to thank you for pointing out the SPLC and there stats.

I believe correct English would be "THEM there stats."

JKToole
JKToole

@JamVet Please. Write books? He constantly proves here he is barely literate. His "writing" consists of cut and paste, rearranging, omitting or adding a few words and hitting send. He is as dishonest as he is dumb.

HarryCrews
HarryCrews

@JamVet He did not. He's a landscaper in Cobb County. He claimed for years that he attended Gingrich's Renewing American Civilization at KSU - until it was proven that Gingrich did not teach the class at the time he claimed to have taken it. He's gone silent about his numerous, personal conversations with Gingrich ever since. He came to Bookman's to have someone to "talk" to after the majority of readers abandoned Wingfield's scribblings.

Kamchak
Kamchak

5000 people in the country?

So that's where those missing DFCS CASEWORKERS got off to...

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Kamchak td has figured out how to make sewage taste good while holding your nose.  He has also mastered how to dress up a garbage can.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 "He just legitimized Trump to the Conservatives".

Actually, he comes in second to the KKK. We all know second is the new first for the GOP.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser Apparently Trump is influenced by them, he tip toed around denouncing them.  The only reason he did so is because he was getting pulverized from the right and left. 

td1234
td1234

@StraightNoChaser Trump does not do PC. PC is BS and the PC police are one of the reasons Trump is doing so well.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser Well let's see td he was busted in a lie about his over whelming Latino support during the CNN debate Thursday, it does not exist.  He's doing well with one demographic only so that vessel you keep talking about will soon sink like the Titanic.

td1234
td1234

@StraightNoChaser I will bet you money that Trump does better with blacks than the last two Republican candidate. 

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser I will bet he doesn't just like Maria Arraras busted him in a lie about Latino voters Thursday eventually someone is going to do the same about his low support from black voters that is polling black voters. Donald Trump's circus is about to leave town.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

The only vessel of a movement I can picture Trump as @td1234 is the same purpose a toilet bowl serves with the sewer. It too is used for a movement.

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

Its a real treat to see the GOP reap the harvest of sowing into Trump through years of claiming the nation is in ruins and will utterly collapse. Its a given that Republicans will lose the senate. Republican voters won't vote for Republicans. 

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

So MES, let me get this straight. 

Are you saying that the Democratic Party shares NONE of the blame for the disaffection of large parts of the working class white South with the Democratic Party?

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Donnie_Pinko 

let me get this straight

Five words that usually lead to an epic fail.

You did not prove to be the exception.

Just sayin'.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Donnie_Pinko


No I was not saying that, Donnie.  YOU perceived in such a gross, non-qualified way.  I addressed one element.  The dominant reason.  I did not address all of the reasons.  I am not writing a dissertation here.  My writings on this blog are long enough as it is.


Nuance and mental finesse is what you would have to possess to understand that I did not say nor imply that "the Democratic Party shares NONE of the blame for the disaffection of large parts of the working class white South. .  ."


It is tiresome constantly explaining to you how to perceive in layers and with many dimensions.  I am weary, once again, so I am leaving until tomorrow.


Goodnight, all.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Philo_Farnsworth 

 Kammie thinks you're full of crap, MES.

See Witchie-poo speak on behalf of others without their permission.

Speak on behalf of others without their permission Witchie-poo, speak on behalf of others without their permission.

See Witchie-poo face-plant.

Face-plant Witchie-poo, face-plant.*

*From my soon to be published book, Fun With Witchie-poo and Jane.

gotalife
gotalife

It is 2016 and time to move on from the racists and bigots.


The Republican moderates that love this country can vote for Hillary.


We welcome them with open arms.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

Don't expect "Bubba" to gladly come back to the Democratic Party because Democrats extend a welcome back to them.


Democrats did not kick the "Bubbas" out of the southern Democratic Party.  They left of their own volition because they would not be a part of a political party which would support the Civil Rights Movement (Brown vs. Board of Education, Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act, Equal Housing Opportunity Act).


For those people on this blog who are from the northern eastern coast of the United States or from the northern midwestern states, you cannot possibly know the degree of animus that the white Southerner has had for those who fought against the South in the Civil War.  Some Southerners have said that they would rather burn in Hell than ever forgive what was done to them in that war (from their perspective).  Generations have passed and that is why Jim Crow lingered for so long - 100 years - in the South.


Love is the only real answer to end this terrible bitterness, but it will not be easy, especially because most white Southerners think that Liberals are not spiritually-based. (Ironic, I know.)  That is why education is as important as love.  And, by that I mean an expansive education of the mind/soul that sees so many dimensions in all other human beings and in one's self, never in generalized stereotypical thinking.

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

"Some Southerners have said that they would rather burn in Hell than ever forgive what was done to them in that war..."

That's nice. Names?

Hmmmmmmm?

td1234
td1234

@MaryElizabethSings There is only one problem with you theory. Brown Vs. Board of Ed was decided in 1954 and southern whites did not start really leaving the party until 1973 and did not totally convert until 1980 on a national level and 2000 on a state level.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Philo_Farnsworth


I am not speaking simply of the present, nor am I indulging in simple-minded "gossiping" here, Philo.


I wrote what I wrote not only from my personal experiences of living in the South for 64 years of my life and 7 years in NYC, as well as from my readings, in depth, of what the Southern mind has encompassed during and after the Civil War to the present day.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@MaryElizabethSings 

What an utterly misguided and muddle-headed post.

"Democrats did not kick the "Bubbas" out of the southern Democratic Party".

This is a howling falsehood.

Don't really know where to begin with this.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Philo_Farnsworth 

But we knew that.

If you're Witchie-poo, you speak on behalf of others without their permission.

It's what you do.

If you want to save 15% or more on car insurance, you switch to GEICO. It's what you do.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@td1234 @MaryElizabethSings


You have to have a mind that understands the process of evolution and that feelings emerge first and actions follow over time, involving decades, and at times, centuries, to perceive the truth in what I have written.

YouLibs
YouLibs

@Philo_Farnsworth


The sons of Colsby Smith, my original maternal ancestor. They neither had nor wanted slaves yet suffered great loss at the hands of Sherman.


My sister, my cousins and I broke a log line of hatred. Most of us did, anyway.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@YouLibs @Philo_Farnsworth


Most of my father's side are Southern liberals, as I am, who voted for President Obama.  Most of my mother's side are conservative Republicans, both Southern and Northern.  The family of my Southern conservative Republican cousins had been Dixiecrat Democrats before they decided to become conservative Southern Republicans. My maternal grandmother was a personal friend of S.C. U.S. Senator Strom Thurman, who helped her during the Depression and helped to educate - through nursing school - two of my aunts.


I love all of my cousins, but I think I understand the South and Southern consciousness as contrasted with that of other parts of this nation about as well as anyone on this blog could, mainly because I have lived longer than most on this blog.

td1234
td1234

@MaryElizabethSings @td1234 So the "evolution" happened in the following generation due to what their parents thought? It did not matter that that generation that actually turned grew up in integrated schools and in integrated neighborhoods? 


What happened in 1973 Mary that may have had a larger influence over time on the conversion of southern whites? Let my give you a hint. Roe V Wade.  

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@Philo_Farnsworth

Oh come on.  Playing ignorant doesn't become you.


When I moved to Louisiana from Chicago, many years ago, I was having lunch with a customer, and brought up my ancestor who escaped from a train on the way to Andersonville.  I made the mistake of calling it the civil war.


"It wasn't the civil war, boy, it was the war of Northern Agression - or at worst, the War Between the States".


I had to listen to him harangue me for about 20 minutes - he was a customer after all.



So please don't try to pretend that there aren't still lots of southern folk who are still butt hurt about the war.