Friday, April 29, 2016

GOP Leaders Are Preparing to Submit to Donald Trump

When Trump first announced for the presidency, i thought that his chances would be excellent.  While it was obvious that there were plenty of unknowns around his run, it was also clear that he had serious brand recognition which all his competitors lacked completely and i learned a long time ago that in politics the voters really have to at least be able to recognize your name.  Thus massive advertising was unnecessary in his case because it was already a done deal.

What happened after that though was a brilliant strategic campaign.  He understood two things.  First, that playing the role of Archie Bunker would land him a huge untouched swath of voters no one else was paying any attention to.  Being a reality show performer he had performance art down already so it was no big trick for him to do this. He could do it.

He also understood that half the voters at least would hate him.  Thus by providing a friendly home for his new audience he knew that he had to make his ten plus competitors fight for the half that hated him.  This meant that they were all spending a fortune to gain between five to ten percent of the vote while alienating  the Archie bunker crowd.  He did this by making himself an easy target with politically incorrect statements that his opponents could jump on like it was cheese.  The more they shot back at him the more he made them make him the issue.  All this fed back to The electorate and energized them bringing in both Republican and Democratic support for Trump.  The more noise the better.

Today the party is truly over and he has won the nomination in a true landslide of support.  And he owes no one.

The recent cleanup in the North East will be followed by Indiana in particular and California to seal the deal who will now come on side.  After all he really is one of their own in his own way.

He now enters the real election having already gutted the Democratic party against the deeply unpopular Hillary Clinton who is about to be subjected to a no holds barred humiliating street fight she cannot win.  That will draw all the media air out of the room preventing any form of positive momentum from ever building for her.

The republicans in the meantime will get over themselves and enter on the winning side with real enthusiasm. How can they not?

GOP Leaders Are Preparing to Submit to Donald Trump

Some Republican National Committee members say they're starting to accept Trump will be their nominee.

—By Pema Levy

| Wed Apr. 27, 2016 11:48 AM EDT

Following Donald Trump's overwhelming victory last week in his home state of New York and his impressive sweep across five East Coast states on Tuesday, Republican Party leaders may be finally reaching the final stage of Trump grief: acceptance that the real estate mogul is likely to be their presidential nominee. Some GOP insiders are even coming to terms with the distinct possibility that the primary race may not reach an open convention and that Trump may well bag the necessary 1,237 delegates to win the nomination, according to two Republican National Committee members.

This recognition began to sink in last week at the RNC's spring meeting in Hollywood, Florida, where the committee's 168 members convened to discuss party business. Trump's resounding New York victory earlier that week "kind of shocked everyone into reality" and "had an enormous effect at the RNC meeting," says one longtime RNC member, who asked to remain anonymous. "All of a sudden people started accepting the fact, either happily or regretfully depending on who you are, that there seems to be a clear movement here. So that helped Trump in Hollywood, Florida, at the meeting. People were much more open to him then, in my opinion."

Trump's triumph in all five states in Tuesday's contests—he handily won Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island—improves his chances of clinching the nomination before the national convention in July. It also put Sen. Ted Cruz in the position where it is now impossible for him to win a majority of delegates by the end of the primaries.

"There is a growing acceptance of the probability that Donald Trump will be the GOP nominee," says Randy Evans, an RNC member from Georgia and a former Newt Gingrich backer who attended last week's gathering. He notes that Trump's dominant performance in the recent primaries is causing some RNC members to conclude that Trump will be the party's nominee: "For some it is an eager acceptance to get the process over and move on; for others it is a reluctant acceptance of the inevitable." Within RNC circles, it seems at this point, there is no consensus in favor of a major convention fight in Cleveland aimed at thwarting Trump. Many RNC members may be shifting their thinking to accept the argument promoted by Trump that he has indeed won the most votes and the most delegates and thus deserves the nomination more than anyone else. And some RNCers appear to be moving to a new stage: wishful thinking. That is, they are wondering whether Trump might not be a lousy general election candidate or a burden to the party.

Other RNC members are still hoping Trump will be defeated—even if the window for the #NeverTrump forces is closing. The next contest is in Indiana on May 3, where Trump will attempt to dispense with Cruz as the Texas senator tries to stage a comeback and keep alive his hope for snagging the nomination at the convention. Trump is "clearly the front-runner," says Henry Barbour, an RNC member from Mississippi, "but it's not inevitable." Yet for some of his fellow RNCers, now is the time to submit to the Trump reality.

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