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Sun Feb 28, 2016, 06:16 PM

Inside the GOP Implosion and the War to Stop Trump

Inside the GOP Implosion and the War to Stop Trump
Here is a New York Times article you may have seen. It describes the GOP's panicked, hyperbolic and yet utterly ineffectual rush to stop the Donald Trump juggernaut. As I've said before, the GOP's Trump problem reminds me of the regional and global powers' efforts to destroy ISIS. Every party sees the problem, is terrified by the problem. And yet every player has some other angle or priority that's just a bit more pressing or important. The Saudis, Iran. The Turks, the Kurds. The US, Assad. And on and on. Yet, it goes without saying that Trump isn't the real problem. He didn't bamboozle the heads of the RNC into signing some one-sided contract they can't live with. The problem is Republican voters. Look at the polls and you see that in virtually every state in the country between 30% and 50% of GOP voters currently back Trump. And only unicorn thinking supports the idea that the 70% to 50% who do not constitute some sort "anti-Trump" faction. That's the problem, not Trump himself.

When I read the Times article, observe recent weeks as they've fluttered by and think about how things got to this point, I come back again and again to conversations I have with our chief tech, Matt Wozniak. Matt uses the metaphor of debt to describe the inevitable trade off we face building and maintaining the software that runs TPM.

If we do a project in a rough and ready way, which is often what we can manage under the time and budget constraints we face, we will build up a "debt" we'll eventually have to pay back. Basically, if we do it fast, we'll later have to go back and rework or even replace the code to make it robust enough for the long haul, interoperate with other code that runs our site or simply be truly functional as opposed just barely doing what we need it to. There's no right or wrong answer; it's simply a management challenge to know when to lean one way or the other. But if you build up too much of this debt the problem can start to grow not in a linear but an exponential fashion, until the system begins to cave in on itself with internal decay, breakdowns of interoperability and emergent failures which grow from both.

This is a fairly good description of what the media is now wrongly defining as the GOP's 'Trump problem', only in this case the problem isn't programming debt. It's a build up of what we might call 'hate debt' and 'nonsense debt' that has been growing up for years.

The phrase is "hoisted on their own petard."
They made Trump possible.

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Response to Agnosticsherbet (Original post)

Sun Feb 28, 2016, 06:46 PM

1. Great article from Talking Points Memo

Thanks for posting this commentary, Agnosticsherbet.

Josh Marshall, the editor and publisher of the progressive news website Talking Points Memo, is an excellent writer and his observations on current events are insightful and expressed effectively. With DU, TPM is my among my primary sources for news and commentary.

Additionally, like DU, TPM is a website worth supporting.

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Sun Feb 28, 2016, 06:51 PM

2. It is an interesting perspective.

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Response to Agnosticsherbet (Original post)

Sun Feb 28, 2016, 07:25 PM

3. GOP establishment is in a white-knuckled panic.

 

If Trump wins the nomination, the GOP goes nuclear. Establishment Republicans will run a third party candidate, probably Romney, to throw the election to Hillary. Romney won't win. He's not expected to. He only needs to deny Trump certain key battleground states.

Trump was never supposed to go this far. Party outsiders like Ron Paul and Bernie Sanders can fill stadiums and energize voters but at some point the Machine is supposed to take over and squash these guys. Same with Donald Trump. Something went wrong.

It isn't losing down-ballot races they're afraid of. That's just an excuse. Trump is too much of a risk to the establishment. He doesn't play by the rules. He didn't take K Street money. He doesn't owe any favors. He risks upsetting a system of spoils that the bigwigs of both parties have enjoyed for decades. Hillary is a Washington insider. She knows the game. She'll play ball and buy the Republicans four more years to figure out how in the hell Trump happened and put the necessary checks in place to ensure someone like him never happens again.

Think I'm nuts? National Review is already testing the waters, tossing out the idea amongst Republicans that Trump is worse than Hillary.

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/431962/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-choose-wisely

This is the National Review, for crying out loud!!! Bill Buckley's rag, on the precipice of sabotaging the GOP frontrunner.

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