Republican Party Breaking Up Over Trump with Speaker Ryan, Bush 41, Bush 43, Sen. Heller All Refusing to Back Fascist Billionaire
Republican Party Breaking Up Over Trump with Speaker Ryan, Bush 41, Bush 43, Sen. Heller All Refusing to Back Fascist Billionaire
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Morning Briefing | Friday, May 6, 2016
Trump’s Dupes Stunned As He Appoints Goldman Sachs and Soros Veteran Mnuchin As Campaign Finance Chairman; Ben Sasse and Other Doctrinaire Reactionaries Eye Anti-Trump Third Party; Trump’s Outlook in Electoral College Grim
Donald Trump’s supporters mocked Ted Cruz because his wife works at Goldman Sachs, but now the infamous New York investment bank is taking over the financial apparatus of the Trump campaign. Trump has been pretending to be an outsider, but in reality he qualifies as a Wall Street insider of the highest order. Trump’s rabid supporters have engaged in a neo-McCarthyite orgy of abuse against anyone asserting that Trump is part of the Establishment. Now these useful idiots are left to contemplate their own gullibility as Goldman Sachs, George Soros and the Washington D.C. Torturers’ Lobby take over.
The Tax Wall Street Party perspective of the destruction of the Republican Party and its extinction as a national political force, followed by the splitting of the Democrats into a Pro-Wall Street party and an anti-Wall Street, New Deal, Pro-labor party is rapidly advancing. The result of this process will be a significant leftward shift of the entire axis US politics, with tremendous benefits for the American people and the world. In this process, we are inciting evil political forces like the traditional Republicans to fight other evil forces, such as Trump. This is one of the principal ways in which the world situation can be improved under existing conditions. The politicians of the old order must be driven out, but this does not mean that Trumpian fascism is an adequate replacement. When evil fights evil, the good can benefit. Indeed, without this process, human civilization would probably not have gotten this far.
Surpassing the expectations of many who are looking forward eagerly to the breakup and final demise of the dysfunctional Republican Party, the Republican National Committee’s proclamation of Donald Trump as the party’s presumptive nominee has within less than 24 hours triggered giant steps down the path to the extinction of the GOP. The party’s two living former presidents, Bush 41 and Bush 43, have both announced that they will not support Trump. The highest ranking Republican, and number three personality in the entire US regime, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, has also publicly stated that it is impossible for him to support Trump at this time. (Trump impudently replied that he would not support Ryan either.) Senator Heller of Nevada has also refused to back Trump, evidently signaling a growing parade of congressmen and senators who will be choosing to save themselves rather than put their careers at the mercy of the next piece of insanity or obscenity to issue forth from of the Donald’s gaping yap. As Dick Cheney might say, these are the death throes of the Republican Party. They cannot come soon enough for the future survival of the United States.
Television commentators are now wasting their time offering helpful, constructive suggestions on how the Republicans might be saved. Such advice is mightily wrongheaded: the responsibility of patriotic citizens is now to hurry the GOP on the way to its inevitable and well-deserved doom before it can inflict more harm in the service of its crackpot ideologies. There will be time after that to consummate the obvious split of the Democratic Party between pro-Wall Street and anti-Wall Street parties , which is coming to the fore increasingly in the conflict between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
In addition, the dupes and useful idiots who have been drawn into the Trump orbit by such operatives as Roger Stone and his satellites have been stunned by this cynical nihilism of the fascist billionaire in naming Steven Mnuchin, the chairman and CEO of the private investment firm Dune Capital Management LP, and thus a full-fledged hedge fund hyena, as the national finance chairman of his presidential campaign.
Many of Trump’s fanatical supporters had taken satisfaction in taunting clerical fascist Ted Cruz for the fact that his wife is an employee of Goldman Sachs. But Mnuchin worked at Goldman Sachs for 17 years, and became a partner in the firm. Mnuchin has also worked at Soros Fund Management, LLC, founded by the ultra left billionaire George Soros, whom the pro-Trump mob regards with justification as the devil incarnate. In the libertarian camp tonight, there is much wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Since he is currently surrounded by Nixon era retreads like Roger Stone, Trump should have taken the opportunity to learn a few Nixonian tactics, among them the idea of DECENT INTERVAL. In today’s terms, this would have translated into the good advice that if you are planning to betray your followers in a spectacular way, you should probably wait at least a week before you do it. As it is, the Stormtrumper Utopia of Wednesday has turned into shrieks of dismay by Thursday.
A significant minority of the Republican Party is currently protesting that it will never, never, never, support Trump. It is anybody’s guess how long this admirable resolve may last, but it is certainly edifying to see and film for use in the fall campaign. One of the anti-Trump diehards is the doctrinaire-reactionary columnist George Will of the Washington Post. Will advocates a scorched earth policy against Trump in hopes of saving the GOP. As he wrote in his recent column:
‘Were [Trump] to be nominated, conservatives would have two tasks. One would be to help him lose 50 states — consign punishment for his comprehensive disdain for conservative essentials, including the manners and grace that should lubricate the nation’s civic life. Second, conservatives can try to save from the anti-Trump undertow as many senators, representatives, governors and state legislators as possible.’1
Other commentators stress that the demographic and ideological decline of the GOP was already creating a crisis for the party, a crisis which the coming of Trump has exacerbated, but not created. The basic problem is that the Democratic nominee, whoever that might be, is very likely to start out with an advantage in the Electoral College exceeding 2 to 1. As Salon.com writes:
As The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza noted yesterday, the numbers in Florida alone portend doom for the GOP. A recent poll was conducted by the Associated Industries of Florida, a prominent business group in the state, and they found that Hillary Clinton would defeat Trump by a 49% to 36% margin if the election were held today. Clinton tops Cruz by nearly 10 points in that same poll. The memo released by the group sums it up: “In this critical swing state, it is clear to us that Republicans continue to suffer substantial brand damage amongst all segments of the ascending electorate (younger voters, Hispanics, and No Major Party voters) and this presidential campaign has clearly exacerbated these attitudes.” If these numbers are even remotely accurate, the Republicans can’t win in November. Cillizza explains: “If Clinton wins Florida and carries the 19 states (plus D.C.) have voted for the Democratic presidential nominee in each of the last six elections, she will be the 45th president. It’s that simple…And here’s the underlying math. If Clinton wins the 19 states that every Democratic nominee has won from 1992 to 2012, she has 242 electoral votes. Add Florida’s 29 and you get 271. Game over.” Hillary Clinton is deeply unpopular, but there’s no good reason to suppose that Trump can win in traditionally blue states, not with such dismal support among women (with whom he has a 66% unfavorable rating) and minority voters. Sure, it’s possible, but not at all likely.’2
There is at the same time growing interest in the creation of a doctrinaire-reactionary third-party of neo-Buckleyites and supply siders. This would be first of all a way to make sure that Trump loses and departs from the scene without further ado. It would also be a device to give anti-Trump reactionaries a way to vote for a presidential candidate congenial to them, with the built-in hope that these reactionaries would also take the opportunity to vote for their familiar Republican Congressman, Senators, governors, state legislators, County executives, and the like. Democrats might interpret this third-party as a guarantee of victory for a candidate like Hillary Clinton, and might therefore stay home, further helping the cause of the down ballot Republicans. According to the Huffington Post:
‘… there are also political reasons to run an independent candidate. A traditional conservative on the ballot who could peel a few points away from Trump would virtually assure Hillary Clinton of victory — giving business-minded conservatives who prefer Clinton a way to support her without having to support her directly. As importantly, a third-party conservative candidate could potentially draw in Republican voters disaffected by having Trump on top of the ticket, thereby giving a much-needed boost to down-ballot candidates. “That would be good,” Tim Miller, Jeb Bush’s former communications director and a leading operative in the Never Trump movement, said of guaranteeing Trump’s loss by running someone else. “To the extent that there is a conservative third-party candidate that would give Republicans who can’t stomach voting for Donald Trump a person to vote for, and conceivably solve the depressed turnout problem, I think there is something to be said to that.” Sam Geduldig, a former senior aide to John Boehner, is now a lobbyist, and argues that a Clinton victory is not necessarily a worst-case scenario for Republicans. “An independent conservative running could actually help the House and Senate,” he said in an email. “It means Clinton definitely wins, so it could depress Democratic turnout in places like Illinois. So the Trump people help Mark Kirk, the [placeholder] people help Kirk, Democrats might not turn out because Clinton wins (Illinois) easily and we hold the Senate. Then in 2018 there’ll likely be a wave of anti-Hillary energy and we’ll run up huge majorities in her first midterm. Leading to a favorable in redistricting process in 2020.”
Senator Toomey of Pennsylvania, a creature of the rabidly pro-austerity Club for Growth, is often cited as an example of an endangered Republican Senator who thinks he can save himself if a reactionary third-party presidential candidate were to materialize:
‘… a sense of panic over the impact that Trump may have on the party, and the alarm over how he would act as a president, has kept the talk of running someone else firmly alive. A top fundraiser for the party pointed to Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) as a candidate who would uniquely benefit from seeing another presidential candidate in the race: giving moderate conservatives in the suburbs a reason to go to the polls while not overly offending the Trump die-hards in the middle of the state.’ “I think in Pat’s case, he is very concerned,” the fundraiser said. “And I think he is concerned because he has to run across the state, including in so many areas where Trump won’t run as well.”3
Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska has issued a call for action outside of the traditional two-party framework, which we will follow closely in the coming days and weeks.
A more extreme gamble comes from a group of reactionary moneybags who want to run General James “Monster” Mattis for president. The backers of Mattis are aware that the general can hardly hope to win in the traditional way. Rather, their hope is that Mattis might help to create a situation in which no candidate would earn the necessary absolute majority of 270 votes in the Electoral College, thus throwing the contest into the House Of Representatives, where each state would be given one vote for this purpose. The expectation seems to be that, as a nonpartisan military officer, Mattis might have a better chance of getting the majority than a partisan Republican or Democrat:
“There is [currently] some chatter around General [James] Mattis,” emailed one donor who has raised tens of millions of dollars for the party. “But I don’t believe it comes together.” (Mattis has said he’s not interested.)4
Perhaps the most encouraging of all assessments of the current situation comes from the Mormon fanatic, Glenn Beck, who had been a leading supporter of Ted Cruz. Beck is convinced that the Republican Party has permanently forfeited its ability to put a candidate into the White House. Looking at such deplorable specimens as Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush 41, and Bush 43, we can only fervently hope that Beck’s forecast is correct. Here is his lament:
‘“Donald Trump is the face of the GOP. Well, that makes us crony capitalists. It makes us wafflers. It makes us pretty racist,” Beck said. “It makes us big government guys. Just, you name it — it makes us that.” Beck went on to cite Trump’s high unfavorable ratings among Hispanics — 77% in a recent Gallup poll — as one demographic shift that would halt Trump and enable a victory by Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton this November. Beck continued: “Because Donald Trump is the GOP candidate, and I believe Hillary Clinton is going to win because of this, you will never elect another GOP person to high office every again. “Because what’s going to happen is you are now going to have Hillary Clinton legalize as many voters as you can, the GOP is going to be completely racist – whether it’s true or not – because of Donald Trump. You will never have another Republican president ever again.”’5
Because of the GOP’s mounting demographic disadvantages, plus the incendiary hate rhetoric of Trump, it may well be that the Republican Party will never again put one of its exponents into the Oval Office. This can only be described as a boon for mankind. David Frum and Jonah Goldberg, among reactionary commentators, have been churning out the line that it is more important to maintain a position in the legislative branch, and in the states that it is to expand precious resources on a doomed quest for the White House.
“Plan C: Third-Party Run A Daunting Task For GOP Establishment,” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/plan-c-republican-establishment-chattering-about-a-third-party-run_us_57295dcbe4b016f378941d68