Could GOP’s elite reject BOTH Cruz and Trump? Yes …

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“Psssst. Caption contest, anybody?” (AP)

Would the Republican establishment — the Mitch McConnells of the world, in other words — dare to try to engineer the nomination of someone other than Ted Cruz or Donald Trump? Would they dare to stiff-arm not just one but both of their leading candidates and try to hand the nod to a mysterious third candidate?

I’m beginning to think they would. I’m beginning to think they might at least try.

In an interview with a Kentucky TV station over the weekend, McConnell dropped several hints to that effect.

At one point, McConnell told the interviewer that he was “increasingly optimistic” that no one would win a first-ballot victory, thus throwing the convention open and forcing multiple ballots before a nominee emerges. (See the 5:50 mark above.) Since Trump is the only candidate with even a chance of a first-ballot victory, the majority leader’s statement can be taken as a clear indication that he doesn’t want Trump as the GOP nominee.

The natural alternative would then be Cruz. But given the bone-deep animosity between McConnell and Cruz, I have a hard time believing that McConnell would be expressing pleasure over the possibility of Cruz as the GOP’s nominee. It’s possible, but unlikely.

Indeed, at another point in the interview (6:15), McConnell was asked whether one of the three remaining candidates — Trump, Cruz and John Kasich — will be the nominee, or whether an outside candidate would emerge.

“That’ll be up to the delegates,” McConnell said.

“I want somebody who can win,” McConnell went on. “The whole process is about trying to beat Hillary Clinton in November. And I think our delegates — if they end up having the actual latitude to make a decision, which would occur on the second or third ballot — are going to be interested in who can win.”

Does McConnell think that Cruz, the most hated person in Washington, the fellow Republican who publicly called him a liar on the Senate floor, the senator who built his reputation by attacking McConnell as a traitor to conservatism, is “somebody who can win” in the fall? Is McConnell really hoping for an open convention so that he can help engineer Cruz’s ascension to the nomination?

I don’t think so. McConnell is not a man who surrenders grudges easily, and I think he has something quite different in mind. If I were to take this admitted speculation one step further, I’d say that “something quite different” might end up being Marco Rubio. Is that a crazy idea? Absolutely it is. But at this point, all the non-crazy outcomes have already been eliminated.

 

 

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Starik
Starik

Maybe we should move toward a parliamentary system rather than the bizarre, two party system we inherited. 

DerekGator
DerekGator

Duh Bookman, if neither wins 1237 and they don't give it to Trump, they sure as heck are not going to give it to Cruz, he would get killed worse than Trump in the Fall. 

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

Headline: "Who Won Last Night?"


I'll take that one for 500 Alex.

ahem...

The Democratic Party. The End.

hahahahaha

this is gonna be the fun-est 7 months in 30 yrs.

...if we move the firepower to the Senate races...

HillaryPac alone can win the clown race. Forget that one 

I've done Analysis for the richest man in the world for 'several' heheh years

It's now All Abert The Senate. They have put all the chips on the senate. They bet the farm on the Senate. We take the Senate by +2 or more, they might fold right there, i would give it a 51% chance.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@St Simons he-ne-ha 

Wow, and all this champagne cork popping for a candidate who is at bottom a Wall St. patsy and a neoconservative hawk.

Whaddever. lol

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@St Simons he-ne-ha @Donnie_Pinko 

Uh huh, uh huh  ...a new system is coming. 

And how? 

By placing all your support behind the candidate most fervently committed to preserving the current rotten one. 

Makes a lot of sense. 

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

"Koch Brothers are on record as saying they have nearly $1 BILLION to spend..."

And ALL of it plus the Adelson Pac and Rove Pac monay are going to the Senate.

Believe the ol indian now?

They're.Not.Running.For.President.

The Senate.The Senate. The Senate.

This one is ovah. And it's sittin on the table, right in front of you.


And yes they will commit open treason for years, or until the voters euthanize them.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@St Simons he-ne-ha


Keep telling this to the readers, St. Simons.  You have shared a very important political fact.  We MUST elect as many Democratic senators and representatives as possible to move our nation forward.  And the Koch Brothers, etc., will stealthily try to keep that from happening with their money, imo.

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Oopsie.

"Over the past several months, Donald J. Trump has crisscrossed the country making dozens of campaign stops in places like Sioux City, Iowa, and Jackson, Miss., often in his sleek Cessna jet. There is just one hitch: The plane’s registration is expired."

Donald is not a detail type of guy...

td1234
td1234

@Philo_Farnsworth Most if not all CEO's are not detail guys. They are big picture guys and they know how to hire the right people that are detail guys and they know how to manage the talent they have. 


That is the type of person I want as President. 

ByteMe
ByteMe

@td1234 And yet, his "right people" can't get the plane registered either.  So much for that.

td1234
td1234

@ByteMe @td1234 And that is a problem for the guy that should have known to register (pay a tax) on the plane. 

DerekGator
DerekGator

@ByteMe @Philo_Farnsworth Come on, this is obviously an oversight by a low level employee.  You know that it will be corrected immediately as soon as a manager reads the national news report on this "non" incident. 

C_Casselberry
C_Casselberry

@td1234 @Philo_Farnsworth Big picture Drumpf thinks with his penis apparently since he's a serial adulterer. Manages to use other people's money in serial bankruptcies. Definitely a shining beacon with which to replace that awful Obama.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

I listened very carefully to the cadence in Ted Cruz's speeches this morning.  The cadences in Cruz's delivery, imho, sound just like those of a Southern Baptist minister.  Even his body language and gestures remind me of those of a Southern Baptist minister.


Interesting. (At least to me. ;-) )

DerekGator
DerekGator

@MaryElizabethSings Of course he sounds like a Southern Baptist minister, it would be natural to learn from his father, probably has seen his Dad deliver thousands of sermons.  Ted also thinks the Southern Baptist Church should govern our land.

Starik
Starik

@td1234 @MaryElizabethSings Well, his father is a fundamentalist preacher, who, like Cruz has really extreme religious and political beliefs. Is this a surprise?

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

NWGAL :  So relieved. Bernie's rhetoric is contagious but he not only would face obstruction from the Republicans, he would not be embraced by Democrats, the same folks he has harangued his entire career in Washington. Even his closest comrade in the Senate supported Hillary. People who have worked with him did not support him.

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Wow, the political defeatism and condescension packed into one paragraph. One could write volumes. 

The almost Stockholm-syndrome-like rationalization of the acceptance of the status quo and dismissal of any challenge to it, the right couldn't produce more timid and dutifully disciplined liberals if it were producing them in test tubes.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@ByteMe @Donnie_Pinko 

To the extent that 'accepting the status quo' through a vote is even possible under such unstable conditions, yes. 

But it pales next to that great creature of the status quo herself - Hillary Clinton.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@Donnie_Pinko So voting for a psychopath "pales next to" voting for Clinton, huh?

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@ByteMe @Visual_Cortex 

We were speaking, I thought, about casting a vote that amounts to accepting the status quo. 

Hillary Clinton is THE status quo candidate.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@Visual_Cortex  I'm just wondering if he's test-driving "cartoon character persona" or if it'll be a permanent feature.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@Donnie_Pinko If the comparison is between "status quo" and "dystopian future"... I'm voting "status quo".

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@ByteMe @Donnie_Pinko 

If the comparison is between "status quo" and "dystopian future"... I'm voting "status quo".

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They are increasingly inseparable. 

(See above on unstable system.)

ByteMe
ByteMe

Koch Brothers are on record as saying they have nearly $1 BILLION to spend on this election cycle... and they're not going to spend a penny of it on the Presidential campaigns of Cruz or Trump.


You have been warned.

rimsky
rimsky

@ByteMe Wish they did.  Now they are going to turn that money electing their own congress Lizard loafers.  

Ds need to get at least the senate.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@rimsky @ByteMe

Ds need to get at least the senate.

If they don't, I honestly believe that no SCOTUS justice will be confirmed. Those cowards will simply reject anyone nominated until they have a Gooper in the white house, even if it means we wind up with just seven, or six, or even five surviving members.

I'm convinced they're that petty and nasty. which is to say, their supporters are that petty and nasty.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@rimsky Ds need someone else in charge of the DNC.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

I see it was a bad night for Savonarola - going to be another bad night for him next Tuesday.

rimsky
rimsky

When is the Democrat's Convention?

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

Jennifer Granoville, former Governor of Michigan, just stated on Morning Joe, that Bernie Sanders has been using Republican talking points to personally attack Hillary (unqualified, corrupt, etc.).  She says that he must stop that because his new tactics are hurting the Democratic cause in November.  


Let's watch how Bernie proceeds from here.  How he handles his campaign from now on will show what his character really is.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@rimsky @MaryElizabethSings


Yes, she would.  However, I do not believe that Americans, at this point in time, will accept a female President and a female VP.  Jennifer has a long political future ahead for herself, if she wishes it.  In the meantime, she is making an outstanding spokeswoman for Hillary.