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Friday, April 01, 2016

Cruz is their last money hope

The headline in the Hill was telling:

Anti-Trump groups hope a Cruz win in Wisconsin will invigorate donors


It is all about the Benjamins. The Never Trump crowd cares not about ideology, civility, or any principle. (I explained this yesterday.) They just want money. With his self-funded campaign that is light on Washington insiders and hangers on, Trump is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of power are stored.


From The Hill:
Conservative groups are banking on a Ted Cruz victory in Tuesday’s Wisconsin primary to halt Donald Trump’s momentum and convince increasingly dubious millionaires to keep funding the "Never Trump" movement.
“We really see it as a game changer,” said Doug Sachtleben, communications director at the Club for Growth, one of the three main conservative groups dropping millions on attack ads against Trump.
While Republican operatives running anti-Trump groups insist publicly that there are no “make or break” states there is a growing private consensus that a Cruz victory in Wisconsin would be crucial to convince wealthy conservatives who dislike Trump that their money is not being spent in vain.
Dozens of Republican millionaires who are usually reliable in delivering checks when asked have watched their oversized checks evaporate as Jeb Bush’s super-PAC spent more than $100 million in a failed effort to nominate the former Florida governor. Trump meanwhile, spent virtually nothing on paid media, and a number of donors began questioning the efficacy of paid advertising against a reality TV star with a unique talent for commanding and manipulating free media.
Free media? No such beast exists. The time Trump gets on the air is earned, sometimes very brutally.

But the Republican Party is broken. For all the king's horses -- the fat-cat millionaire and billionaire donors -- and all the king's men, Ted Cruz -- the establishment's anti-establishment candidate -- is barely polling in the 40s in Wisconsin.

Wait, I thought a plurality is not enough?

Never Trump cannot stop Trump. They know it. But man, this is a great spring fund-raiser for them and good marketing for pundits and their publications as bad-ass guys.

20 comments:

  1. Ah, spring! The grass is greening, the trees are leafing, and the air is thick with the smell of GOP desperation. - Elric

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  2. If Trump can't win it on the first ballot, it is going to be very interesting what Cruz does. I think there is literally zero chance of the establishment allowing Cruz to win a contested convention. I think Cruz knows this, too. There is a lot incentive for Cruz and Trump to come to an arrangement long before the convention, and that is what I expect to happen.

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    1. You and I are on the same path.

      Cruz will get screwed if he can't win outright on the first ballot.

      Karl Rove wants a "fresh" face.

      And, no, we're not talking Teddy.

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    2. Already votes are being stolen from Trump. They want Hillary to win just to get donations against Hillary The Evil One.

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  3. I'm in #NeverTrump, and I care about all of ideology, civility and principles. I don't work in politics, so I'll make about the same regardless of who gets elected.

    Any more ad hominem you'd like to throw around?

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    1. Yesterday I went over the ideology, civility, and principles of Never Trump.
      http://donsurber.blogspot.com/2016/03/what-never-trump-stands-for.html

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    2. Civility. What a laugh. And the next thing you do is accuse your host (did you ever think about it that way? Whenever you post on another person's blog you are visiting their virtual home.) Of an ad hominem attack. Who, pray tell did he attack? You attacked Don. Learn some manners, squirt.

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    3. Don Surber-1
      Ken-0

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    4. Don: Well, after a fashion, you went over the ideology, civility and principles of *a few columnists*. That defines the whole movement? What about those of us who just think he's a horrible candidate?

      To Teapartydoc: I'm not sure why you think disagreeing with a host, or stating that an argument is ad hominem is uncivil. And, yes, I'm sorry, but saying that the only reason to vigorously oppose Trump's nomination is "they just want money" is textbook ad hominem.

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  4. Two things to keep in mind about WI.

    The unions and a lot of Democrats generally hate Scott Walker. As WI is an open primary, what better way to get a little revenge on Walker than sending down to defeat the man he endorsed?

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  5. Trump never really understood the Midwest. First, he got in bed with the Shitty Corn Gas industry, then recently he complained that Walker fucked up because he didn't raise taxes.

    I'm astonished that anyone could possibly think Trump is conservative.

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    1. Most of the people running around screaming, "He's not a Conservative", aren't, either, they're Libertarians trying to hijack the Conservative movement.

      As for not understanding the Midwest, Trump's won IL, MO, and MI. Cruz has only won IA. Cruz has also sold out to the Uni-Party - Whigs, Demos, Libertarians, and phony Conservatives.

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  6. Actually I really don't give a Damn if Trump is not a Conservative. I keep voting for Conservatives who then turn into Liberal Dems. Screw Them.

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    1. I agree. The gop ALWAYS run against dem actions but when they get in they NEVER undo any of them. Each time the dems get in we move farther to the left. It is a never ending parade. Time to do something different.

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  7. at this rate... even if Cruz wins wisconsin... It's very doubtful he wins the nomination he have to take california... and virtually just about every other state ...and that is not likely.

    Trump is the best bet to win for the GOP anyways... think about the voters he draws from... he draws from all aisles (like Reagan) he is able to pull voters from the other side over and get them voting for the GOP

    ....unlike Ted Cruz... so if Cruz is the nominee... and it's against hillary.
    ....we'd essentially be looking at a 2012 repeat with cruz being a romney clone and losing badly.

    ...then the GOP will looked shocked and wonder why everybody hated Cruz. *LOL*

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    1. Cruz may not take WI. The Marquette poll has been discredited - 70% of its respondents were from Milwaukee although only 11% of the state lives there.

      So we have PPP and the Fox Biz poll, which may or may not be for real.

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  8. Short answer: Vote for Trump to support Hillary.

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    1. Libertarian propaganda. Who's been the hardest on Hillary?

      Hint: it ain't been Daddy Cruz.

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  9. "Trump is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of power are stored." You should do as the puppy-blending professor does, and add " * Classical Reference."

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  10. Cruz is quite a magician, return-wise, the way he manages to turn 100's into 1's in the blink of an eye.

    It's all about the Washingtons, baby!

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