Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Donald Samson

In the first debate, Trump refused to swear off an independent run if he didn't win the Republican nomination. With a prerequisite of good faith, he subsequently pledged to support the eventual nominee. The GOP establishment, now finally beginning to panic about the prospect of Trump actually getting the nod (these people are really, really bad at noticing things), is working feverishly to unite the entire field against him.

Trump responded to that egregious breach of good faith by calmly leaning up against a pillar of the Republican temple:
Donald Trump's presidential campaign warned the Republican Party on Tuesday about donors pooling funds for attack ads, saying Republicans must treat him fairly if they want to keep him from launching an independent bid.

Trump lawyer Michael Cohen told CNN that if Republican donors backing different presidential candidates come together for an anti-Trump advertising campaign, it would be a "bad, bad decision."
The analogy isn't perfect. Samson's mojo was stolen by a duplicitous tramp, his eyes were gouged out, and he committed suicide in a final bout of vengeful rage. If Trump brings the walls of the Republican party crashing down in 2016, he'll walk off into the sunset even more influential, famous, and admired than he was before he stepped into that corrupted temple.

With total immodesty, recall what was asserted here a few months ago because it bears repeating:

The Republican party needs to be reformed or reduced to rubble. Trump is making damned sure one of those two outcomes occur.


chris said...

We should start calling the left collaborators with ISIS.

Blact Death said...

Right. It is really hard for the same party to win three presidential elections in a row - it's happened only once since World War II (1980, 1984 and 1988). So the Republicans ought to be in the catbird's seat for next year if they play their cards correctly and don't self-destruct (always a big "if"). I think the GOP elitists might actually prefer to lose the next election than to cede control to someone like Trump. But if this indeed happens, there may never be another Republican president. Better watch out what you wish for - you might get it.

sykes.1 said...

Upping the ante for the GOPe, if Trump wins in 2016, he likely wins again in 2020, leaving the GOPe out in the cold for eight years.

Audacious Epigone said...

I think the GOP elitists might actually prefer to lose the next election than to cede control to someone like Trump.

When Buchanan was running in 92, I recall a high-profile Republican (Newt Gingrich I think) who said something to the effect that he'd love to work with Bush, but would rather work with Clinton than with Buchanan.

A big difference between 92 and today, though, is that Trump now instantaneous social media access. He has a direct line to 10 million people, more than watch any of the news networks or read any of the major newspapers. Whenever I hear a story about Trump, by the time I check in to his social media accounts, he's already addressed it and fired back. The gatekeepers are being bypassed. That is going to make it more difficult to scare off his support than people like Nate Silver think it is going to be.

Jokah Macpherson said...

Trump seems to at least be a better judge of women's character than Samson was. I don't know much about Melania but she doesn't strike me as a duplicitous tramp.

Anonymous said...

Adding a further wrinkle, its entirely possible that Trump could win as a third party. Hed certainly run a more efficient campaign than Perot, who got a very respectable number, and perot's main issues (trade and debt) weren't nearly as emotionally resonant as Trumps (immigration and anti-PC).

Trump appeals to wide swaths, but his biggest column of support is with secular moderates, which should scare the crap out of democrats. I think he's sandbagging some trade policy, if he comes out against NAFTA, ties it to the Clinton name, he could get some major union support. Maybe not an official endorsement by leadership, but by membership which means more votes.

If he gets screwed over with brokered convention shenanigans and can somehow lawyer his way to running third party, the cuckservative nominee will get absolutely crushed, like 10% of the vote, and then it will be a very tight race Trump vs. Clinton.

Audacious Epigone said...


Right, Trump isn't a berserker. He has sound judgment.


If he breaks with the GOP, the "Reagan Democrats" that are still talked about will be a goldmine for Trump. It's hard to believe that the Republican party is delusional enough to think that it can win the presidency if Trump leaves the party on bad terms (and if he runs third party, not even in their delusions do they have a hope in hell).

Dan said...

These big GOP donors F'd up with Romney in my view.

He was solid guy and someone the establishment could love. And yet he was brutally attacked with "When Mitt Romney Came to Town", funded by billionaire Sheldon Adelstein. Although he won the nomination, he couldn't recover from being attacked in so many states.

But what is happening now is different. The GOP has let the fox into the henhouse with GOPe. Why are folks like Mark Zuckerberg trying to steer the GOP? He hobnobs with Obama and is super into gay issues and pro-immigration.

It seems like a moneyball effort: Zuckerberg just seems to be going for the party that is most easily purchasable.