Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition Presidential Forum in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The New GOP Establishment Playbook: Scorch the Earth

Ask any member of the GOP establishment what their goal is for the upcoming presidential election. He will undoubtedly say it’s to keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House. But as the old saying goes, watch what they do, not what they say. Judging the GOP by their actions, rather than their words, it is apparent that their actual goal is a “Madame President” next January.

How else to explain their actions?

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Thank God people are finally listening to me in the comment section here.

    Hillary does not upset their apple cart, Trump blows it all to hell.
    Therefore, they prefer Hillary over Trump, and they will harm their own brand to do so because it’s PROFITABLE to do so.

    • Both Cruz and Trump are unacceptable to the GOP; they would rather have either Democratic candidate win. Hell, they’d rather have a third Obama term than see Cruz or Trump in office.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        They hate Cruz and fear Trump.
        I also think that Cruz is getting told a back-channel story that ‘if he can just hang in there until the convention’, it will all be his.
        Wink, wink, nod.

        As soon as Trup is out of the way, Cruz is a political dead man.
        Sorry Cruz fans!
        They might not be able to do much to Trump that they haven’t already done, but I think they are going to utterly implode Cruz just to make sure that a vengeful Ted Cruz does not ever come back during the next presidential election cycle.
        Trump is 70 and unlikely to ever come back, but Cruz is a young guy and needs to be made into a rubble pile.
        I predict that Cruz will ultimately get the harshest treatment of all by the GOP Party elite.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Trump is simply the more attractive candidate.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Trump has provided massive clarity by showing us where the real fault lines are, or that they even existed.
            Ann Coulter just nailed that part in her explanation of just what we were seeing on the ground.
            Every conservitive media voice, and publication, has a “patron” and it’s the patrons that determine what gets written and what issues get discussed.

          • That is true. Blogs I have long frequented have drawn battle lines and I would not dare write some of the things I do here. It’s not simply Trump vs. Cruz; if you’re seen as not being rabid enough one way or the other, you’re attacked. (which, given Conservatives’ supposed adoration of 1A, is bizarre)

            I’m making a list.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I like Ben Shapiro, for instance, but he is wrong about Trump.
            Bill Kristol, though, I always found greasy.
            Even worse than Andrew Coyne.

          • Disagreement and discussion are healthy. Using a blog as a propaganda weapon is a tactic worthy of Progressives. [spit]

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I don’t know if you’re familiar with the Canadian show Corner Gas.
            They have a rival town called Wullerton and everytime someone mentions their name they spit.

          • No, but when I get some bandwidth back I’ll watch the clip.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Things I never said to my parents growing up:
            What’s our wifi password?
            I accidentally deleted that episode from the dvr, can you torrent it for me?

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            That Yank’s Plex server is down!

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Is it?
            The Red Sox game got postponed because of global warming and Better Call Saul doesn’t come on for another hour.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            The Plex server just got upgraded over the weekend, so stream your brains out in 1080p glory.

          • dance…dancetotheradio


          • lolwut?

            Pffft, 4K Master race!


          • You might be aware Led Zeppelin has gained an audience in a new generation. A friend’s young nephew was informing her how great they were, and she agreed, saying, “I think I have some old 45’s you can listen too later.” He got very excited, then puzzled, and said, “Aunt Pam, what’s a 45?”

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            I think the dude’s either bought, or ganking for his next gig at a “respectible” publication.
            Expect his political views to “moderate” and “evolve” over the next year.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Off topic.
            Trump rally live on youtube right now.
            13000 people watching.
            He finally put his wife on the microphone.
            She’s very attractive, but not my type.
            I wonder if her immigrant accent will help moderate the perception of his stance on immigration.

          • lolwut?
          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Yep, and it’s really hard to keep your mouth shut when you notice it, but I have seen this play out time and time again on blogs that I never thought would have mattered to anyone, and yet it does.
            So much is manipulated and so many more are basing what they say and do on the expectation that they might one day hit the big time.
            That’s the most pernicious part of the entire Ace-O-Sphere that I hate, but that’s just one example.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I’m not going to say that the Trumpian clarity is the most important result of his candidacy, and it is pretty important, because it is more important that he get elected president.

          • We know who the enemies within our ranks are, anyway. I don’t necessarily mean Cruz or Trump supporters – I mean the bloggers who are spreading divisiveness within Conservatism.

    • lolwut?

      I said that in the early days as well, they are willing to sacrifice 4 years to keep him out.

    • john700

      Most likely, they will end up with President Bernie = Obama’s legacy.

  • Let me show you what a bunch of lying, manipulative, two-faced cheating bastards the GOP is – it’s not what’s in this video, but what’s left out: how they can plant their own candidate in the convention, how they change the rules the day before the convention, how they spin the rule changing as freedom for the delegates when it’s simply a way for the GOP to keep a thumb on the scale. The very fact that this video was made proves they’re becoming concerned about what could happen. Personally, I want “history” made on the convention floor if they try to bypass the people’s choice.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    The fix is in for Hitlery. Its all over but the crying.

    • I concur. The only possibility I see is Trump and Cruz uniting but I’m afraid that well has been poisoned by bickering and the GOP would bend heaven and earth to stop them from winning – or even running.

      • Justin St.Denis

        Maybe a couple of months ago before Cruz’s sleaziness became nakedly apparent, but not now. It will never happen…..

        • Clink9

          Grandpa Munster Cruz makes jokes about running Trump over with his car.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Funny how the Cruz as Johnny Cash meme has all but vanished.

  • lolwut?