This week, Matt Drudge said uh-uh. It is Colorado. Then Drudge set to make it so. And after a few days of Drudge linking story after story pummeling Republican officials for doing an end-run around the voters, wiser heads prevailed. Enter the peacemakers.
Drudge used the best disinfectant on Earth: sunshine. He shined the spotlight on the cockroaches in Colorado. This is what a free press is supposed to do. The big donors can withstand a Trump loss in November, but they cannot survive an institutional suicide by the Republican Party.
The silly season is over, thanks to Drudge. People are coming to their senses.
The grownups want to quit bleeding money. Between the Jeb campaign, the Rubio campaign, and the Cruz campaign, the big donors have burned $200 million to stop Trump. Politico reported Rove capitulated. Megyn Kelly went to Trump Tower to make peace.
I have seen ABC campaigns before. They get their name from the Anybody But Carter campaign in 1976 and the Anybody But Clinton campaign in 1992. Now it is Never Trump. Such campaigns always fail. Their very existence dooms them. They are a sign that the candidate targeted has made the election a referendum on him. At that point, he has won. By the way, both Carter and Clinton went on to win the presidency.
Trump won the race on June 16, 2015, when he announced he was running in a 45-minute speech that riveted the attention of Rush Limbaugh. Trump has owned the race ever since. He set a record in earned media, doing just about any cable news show there is. He is entertaining, powerful and outrageous -- and the people he outraged (Krauthammer, Kristol and Will) deserved to be outraged. It is not that they are old and set in their ways and repulsed by any new idea, it is that they are wrong. Consistently. Frequently. Spectacularly.
Snow White had seven dwarfs.
Trump had 16.
They were 14 boring white men, one boring black man, and one boring woman. They fought over Republican voters.
Trump brought his own voters in. Republicans will need them in November because the party is too small in presidential elections. McCain proved that, as did Romney.
Enter the powers that be -- the money men -- the Kingmakers, who are stepping up and saying enough. They cannot be Drudged every day for the next six months and hope to survive as a party.
From Will Rahn at CBS:
Is it me, or does the argument that the Republican nomination can be taken from Donald Trump at a contested convention make almost no sense?
It's not that it would be unfeasible for Ted Cruz or some other candidate to win a majority of delegates after the first ballot is cast at the convention. If anything, it seems more and more likely that Cruz, given his shrewdness at delegate selection, would be able to pull this off as early as the second ballot.
However, if Trump arrives in Cleveland having won the most votes, the most contests, and the most delegates -- all of which is very likely -- depriving him of the nomination would be an unprecedented move in the modern political era. And doing so would likely end in disaster not only for the GOP as a whole but its anti-Trump wing in particular.I eschew polls but for those who still believe in them, the new Fox News poll shows Trump up by 18 and the new CBS poll shows Trump up by 13. Trump has led the Real Clear Average nationally for all but three days over the last nine months.
Blogger Don Frederick listed the reasons:
Many Americans, and especially Trump supporters, have had it with:
Anyone named Bush
Anyone named Clinton
Anyone who’s held political office
Phony “official” unemployment and inflation figures
Welfare waste and fraud
People faking disabilities to go on the dole
VA waiting lists
TSA airport groping
The Federal Reserve’s money-printing schemes
Wall Street crooks like Jon Corzine
Michelle Obama’s vacations
Michelle Obama’s food police
Barack Obama’s golf
Barack Obama’s arrogant and condescending lectures
Barack Obama’s criticism/hatred of America
Global warming nonsense
Gun confiscation threats
Boys in girls’ bathrooms
Whiny, spoiled college students who can’t even place the Civil War in the correct century.
…and that’s just the short list.Except for the first item (the Bush family is decent, but yes, I have had enough Presidents Bush), I agree.
All the endorsements, all the money, and all the political organizing could not match what Donald Trump did.
He told the truth.
Republicans are coming home. The party will look different, but it will succeed. He is not Reagan. But I said this a while back on Twitter, forget Reagan. Thirty years from now, we will be looking for another Trump.