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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Trump begins Republican peace talks

Having secured the Republican Party nomination -- even Nate Silver says he is on track to 1,237 -- Donald Trump will meet with party leaders on Monday

These are negotiations for the party's capitulation. His bargaining position will never be stronger.

From the Washington Post:
Donald Trump will host a group of nearly two dozen top Republicans on Monday afternoon for an off-the-record gathering that his allies hope will improve his relationship with the congressional GOP and the party's Washington establishment, according to two attendees.
The meeting is Trump's first major meeting with lawmakers and key Republican figures since last fall, when he met with a smaller group at the Capitol after his speech at a protest against the Iranian nuclear agreement.
Several members of the House and Senate are expected to participate, plus a bevy of consultants and veteran power brokers, the attendees said, requesting anonymity to discuss the session.
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the hard-right favorite who endorsed Trump last month, and Trump campaign counsel Donald F. McGahn, organized the meeting along with Trump's advisers. The venue will be McGahn's law firm, Jones Day, which is located a short walk from the Capitol.
When asked about the meeting on Saturday, Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski confirmed that Trump would meet privately with Republicans ahead of Trump's speech Monday to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's policy conference in Washington. He declined to provide a list of attendees.
"Mr. Trump is continuing his outreach to Washington and there has been an overwhelming positive response," Lewandowski said in a brief phone interview.
The attendees both said they were told that the meeting would be focused on "party unity" and intended to help Trump get to know more elected leaders and other players, including some people who have not endorsed the billionaire mogul.
The Donald cannot do it all by himself, but the party needs him more. Yes, the party could oppose him and resign itself to losing the Senate, which flips back and forth.

But the House? Why risk losing the House for 40 years by abandoning him?

Anyway, this is another normal step. Those who tell me Cruz isn't through need to explain first why the London bookies paid off all bets on The Donald early.


  1. Consolidating power.

    aka: Come to Trump Revival.

  2. Clearly, the bookies are convinced.
    I'm guessing this is a "Get On Board, or Get Run Over" party. Couldna happen to a nicer buncha guys.

  3. The upcoming Rubio endorsement does Cruz little good and some polls are showing Trump finally passing the 50% mark with Republicans.

    If so, the Rs will have to capitulate. Those 5 years in military school were worth his father's money. Young Donald paid close attention in tactics class.

  4. Politicians are being realistic, hence the meeting. I wonder when the calls of "traitor" and so on will be first flung by the pundits and commenters at the politicians who meet with Trump?

    Now, pundits and commenters do not have to be realistic so they can stay on #NeverTrump for as long as they want. It doesn't effect them so much because, let's face it - with certain exceptions pundits and commenters are worth about 1/4 cent per gross.

    - Mikey NTH

  5. By now, the people that he's meeting with should be well-rehearsed in the art of capitulation.

  6. Doesn't matter - he still loses in the general election by 10 points

    1. Repeat after me: We shall see.

    2. In your dreams. Hillary will be indicted. No one seems able to get Biden out of his funk since the death of his son. So the Democrats will be left with Sanders as their candidate. The AA will stay home and not vote. The usual number of Democrat dead people will vote but Independents will say, I'm not voting for a damned crazy socialist. And Trump walks to victory.

    3. lol - he won't even be competitive in his home state NY down by 15 to Bernie latest poll, consistently loses by double digits week after week. His unlikeablity are historic levels.

    4. You're obviously new here, or else you haven't been paying attention to Don's fisking of the "polls". Polls mean nothing in this election. They are little more than wishful thinking.

    5. "I'll take Internet acronyms for $100, Alex."

      "The answer is, 'LOL', a three-letter acronym for 'laughing out loud'".

      "What does a troll say?"

      "CORRECT, for $100."

    6. They said the same thing about Reagan in 1980. He was losing to Carter in the polls a few weeks before the election. He won in a landslide.

      Iapetus - I don't think Cankles will be indicted. Obungler will tell Loretta Lynch to make sure of that. The DOJ is every bit as corrupt as the IRS. Cankles is too big to jail. Alas.

  7. Peace negotiations conducted at Trump's fourth grade speaking level. Should be interesting.

    "I am speaking with myself. I have a very good brain." So he says.

  8. Trump reminded TV viewers and CNN’s live audience of his business-related acumen and authorship. “I wrote the Art Of The Deal,” he said. “I say not in a braggadocios way. I’ve made billions and billions of dollars.”

    Tony Schwartz tweeted:

    I wrote the Art of the Deal. Donald Trump read it.

  9. Too bad Trump's meeting with party leaders didn't involve a firing squad. One can dream.

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  12. It should read "Republicans Begin Trump Peace Talks." It's obvious who has the upper hand. - Elric

  13. Don, you readership is getting spammers. They're not real smart.