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Sat Feb 27, 2016, 10:48 AM

Inside the Republican Party’s Desperate Mission to Stop Donald Trump ——NY Times today

The scenario Karl Rove outlined was bleak.

Addressing a luncheon of Republican governors and donors in Washington on Feb. 19, he warned that Donald J. Trump’s increasingly likely nomination would be catastrophic, dooming the party in November. But Mr. Rove, the master strategist of George W. Bush’s campaigns, insisted it was not too late for them to stop Mr. Trump, according to three people present.

At a meeting of Republican governors the next morning, Paul R. LePage of Maine called for action. Seated at a long boardroom table at the Willard Hotel, he erupted in frustration over the state of the 2016 race, saying Mr. Trump’s nomination would deeply wound the Republican Party. Mr. LePage urged the governors to draft an open letter “to the people,” disavowing Mr. Trump and his divisive brand of politics.

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Behind the scenes, a desperate mission to save the party sputtered and stalled at every turn.

Efforts to unite warring candidates behind one failed spectacularly: An overture from Senator Marco Rubio to Mr. Christie angered and insulted the governor. An unsubtle appeal from Mitt Romney to John Kasich, about the party’s need to consolidate behind one rival to Mr. Trump, fell on deaf ears. At least two campaigns have drafted plans to overtake Mr. Trump in a brokered convention, and the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, has laid out a plan that would have lawmakers break with Mr. Trump explicitly in a general election.

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“We want voters to imagine Donald Trump in the Big Chair in the Oval Office, with responsibilities for worldwide confrontation at his fingertips,” they wrote in the previously unreported memo. Mr. Castellanos even produced ads portraying Mr. Trump as unfit for the presidency, according to people who saw them and who, along with many of those interviewed, insisted on anonymity to discuss private conversations.

The two strategists, who declined to comment, proposed to attack Mr. Trump in New Hampshire over his business failures and past liberal positions, and emphasized the extreme urgency of their project. A Trump nomination would not only cause Republicans to lose the presidency, they wrote, “but we also lose the Senate, competitive gubernatorial elections and moderate House Republicans.”

No major donors committed to the project, and it was abandoned. No other sustained Stop Trump effort sprang up in its place.

Resistance to Mr. Trump still runs deep. The party’s biggest benefactors remain totally opposed to him. At a recent presentation hosted by the billionaires Charles G. and David H. Koch, the country’s most prolific conservative donors, their political advisers characterized Mr. Trump’s record as utterly unacceptable, and highlighted his support for government-funded business subsidies and government-backed health care, according to people who attended.



read all of it here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/28/us/politics/donald-trump-republican-party.html?emc=edit_na_20160227&nlid=28208667&ref=cta&_r=0

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Mira Feb 2016 OP
malaise Feb 2016 #1
EL34x4 Feb 2016 #6
BeyondGeography Feb 2016 #2
Mira Feb 2016 #3
BeyondGeography Feb 2016 #8
rurallib Feb 2016 #4
muriel_volestrangler Feb 2016 #10
underpants Feb 2016 #5
patricia92243 Feb 2016 #7
Rex Feb 2016 #9
EL34x4 Feb 2016 #11
bemildred Feb 2016 #12

Response to Mira (Original post)

Sat Feb 27, 2016, 10:57 AM

1. They seem to have forgotten that he said if they treat him

unfairly he'll run Third Party

I'm lovin' it.

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Response to malaise (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 27, 2016, 11:31 AM

6. Trump won't run third party.

 

He won't need to. He's going to win the nomination.

The next question will be whether the Republican establishment will try to sabotage the race, throw the election to Hillary, and then draw up strategies from what they've learned to ensure someone like Trump never blindsides them again.

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sat Feb 27, 2016, 11:06 AM

2. That line about karma comes to mind

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Response to BeyondGeography (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 27, 2016, 11:15 AM

3. yes - karma never sleeps

they birthed him.

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Response to Mira (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 27, 2016, 11:38 AM

8. Birthers

It's a karmic banquet.

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sat Feb 27, 2016, 11:18 AM

4. "Mr. LePage urged the governors to draft an open letter ...disavowing Mr. Trump.."

didn't LePage just endorse Trump yesterday?
Talk about a couple of goofy fuckers, Trump and LePage.

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Response to rurallib (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 27, 2016, 11:47 AM

10. Oh - good catch; yes, he did endorse him yesterday

"I was Donald Trump before Donald Trump became popular. So I think I should support him since we're one of the same cloth," said LePage, an outspoken politician whose comments have often thrown him in the spotlight -- just like Trump.

Last month, the governor said his state was too easy on drug crimes and suggested bringing back the guillotine for serious offenders, and drew controversy for using racially-charged language to explain his state's drug epidemic.

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/02/26/politics/paul-lepage-donald-trump-endorsement/


I was thinking that LePage was pretty similar to Trump. They're both racist fuckers, for a start.

I see the NYT piece ends:

On Friday, a few hours after Mr. Christie endorsed him, Mr. Trump collected support from a second governor, who in a radio interview said Mr. Trump could be “one of the greatest presidents.”

That governor was Paul LePage.

I wonder if they had the whole piece written, and tacked that on to the end, or if they rewrote it to build up to the punchline?

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sat Feb 27, 2016, 11:26 AM

5. Great read.

A Trump nomination would not only cause Republicans to lose the presidency, they wrote, “but we also lose the Senate, competitive gubernatorial elections and moderate House Republicans.”

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sat Feb 27, 2016, 11:37 AM

7. "Unfit for the presidency" is a nice way of saying he appears to be mentally unstable. I can't

think how they could prove this, but at least all their talkers (Rush, etc) could at least try.

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sat Feb 27, 2016, 11:39 AM

9. This sounds great! I am so happy the GOP is falling apart!

 

DIE GOP DIE! Waste billions and lose all the seats you want to! Couldn't happen to a bigger bunch of clueless idiots!

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Response to Rex (Reply #9)

Sat Feb 27, 2016, 11:59 AM

11. We're not witnessing the death of the GOP.

 

We're witnessing the death of "Bush Republicanism" --an ideology as defined by Patrick Buchanan that "has destroyed America’s once-great manufacturing core, flooded the country with low-skilled workers, and drained the treasury with ill-advised foreign adventures in the Middle East."

Whether Donald Trump wins or loses in November, the GOP from here on out will look much different from what it did a few months ago.

These are truly interesting times.

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sat Feb 27, 2016, 12:10 PM

12. Thanks for the link. nt

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