The Establishment is upset because the voters don’t want any of their hand-picked choices for President. No pliable McCain or Romney who will do their bidding and belong to the club of insiders. It just can’t happen, says the Party Establishment. We will lose our power, our perks and our ability to milk the American taxpayer.
Meanwhile, the voters are fighting mad. The Establishment has become Democrat Lite, meek and subservient. It is enmeshed in its own libertine decadence. But the voters want action on issues, on the National Debt, the Open Border, the weak foreign policy and they want a President who will protect them, who is concerned with national security.
The Establishment is planning to take the nomination away from both Trump and Cruz. They don’t care if they lose as long as they maintain the purity of the Party and ability to control their leader. They will even run a Third Party nominee should either of these brash, outspoken, maverick outsiders somehow win the nomination.
THIS IS PARTY SUICIDE. Please do what you can to stop the Republican Party to go the way of the Whigs.
The GOP Establishment Is Prepared to Lose the Election to Save Themselves
Politico story: “Insiders to Trump: No Majority, No Nomination — Republicans say it’s 1,237 delegates or bust for Donald Trump.”
Now, I have to tell you, before get into the details of this story, if you are interested in history, that has always been the way it is. In the primaries, you hit the number or exceed it, and the nomination is yours. If you don’t hit the number, it isn’t. It has never been the case. I don’t think it has. I can’t recall. The rules have never been changed to say that a plurality, if you get close enough, you’ve got to hit the number or exceed it. That’s always been the case. The powers that be in the Republican establishment are insisting it’s gonna be that way this time.
“A majority of Republican insiders say Donald Trump should not get the GOP presidential nomination if he falls short of winning a majority of delegates — even if Trump amasses more than any of his opponents.” Of course you would expect them to say that. That’s according to The Politico caucus. Do you know what The Politico caucus is? It’s a bunch of establishment types.
It’s a “panel of strategists, activists and operatives in seven key swing states. Roughly 6-in-10 Republicans said the party should nominate another candidate if Trump finishes with a plurality, rather than the required 1,237.” That’s some polling data. That’s not The Politico caucus here. Well, maybe it is. Maybe it is the caucus.
“Six-in-10 Republicans said the party should nominate another candidate if Trump finishes with a plurality –” Wait just a second. Hold it a minute. That’s not right. That’s essentially saying Trump’s disqualified from whatever they do if he doesn’t get to 1,237. Well, that’s what it is. They may not want it to sound that way. How else would you interpret this? “Six-in-10 Republicans said the party should nominate another candidate if Trump finishes with a plurality, rather than the required 1,237.”
Well, okay, let’s play this out. Trump doesn’t get 1,237, neither does Cruz, nobody else does, so therefore we go contested. Cruz and Trump are immediately disqualified from whatever the party does ’cause neither of ’em got to 1,237? Is that how they’re gonna plan to work this? That’s crazy. I know that’s how they’re gonna work it. Do not misunderstand. I can’t believe they’re admitting it.
But what they’re saying is, if neither of these two get to 1,237 — ’cause they don’t want either of these two, folks. They don’t want Trump; they don’t want Cruz. And so they’re trying to say that if, in the primary, neither candidate gets 1,237, they’re gonna take that as akin to the party rejecting both of them and then meaning, we gotta go to somebody entirely new, because the party did not choose either one of these.
Well, why are either of these two gonna be disqualified from participating in the contested convention should that happen? But make no mistake about it, that’s the only way to read this. These guys are not gonna get away with that. They may think they can. But Trump and Cruz are gonna have too many pledged and loyal delegates to just be told, “You know what? You guys, you’ve been running since last summer. Some of you even longer than that. But, you know what? You didn’t get 1,237, so you’re disqualified. So we’re gonna pick somebody who maybe didn’t even run or we’re gonna pick a guy who got four or five delegates. We’re gonna pick a guy who ran but dropped out.” Are you gonna really try to tell these two guys that? But you know darn well that’s what they’re angling at.
A Virginia Republicans, like every respondent, was surveyed anonymously here, was one of the Politico sources but he’s anonymous. “‘Rules is rules. You have to get a majority,’ said a Virginia Republican who, like all respondents, completed the survey anonymously. ‘That’s the problem with our country: No one ever wins anymore.’
“The question is central to the GOP calculus before the Cleveland convention: Should the party award the nomination to the candidate who won the most delegates in total — as Trump himself has advocated — or stick to the rule that a candidate must win at least 1,237 delegates to be the nominee? The majority of insiders who want the party to choose someone else if Trump only wins a plurality of delegates said they are motivated by questions of electability, Trump’s capricious campaign style and personality.”
Well, there you have it. Another Republican, this one from New Hampshire, said, “I’m firmly in the ‘Never Trump’ camp. The GOP gets killed if he’s the nominee. We probably get killed if he doesn’t support a different nominee anyway. So if it makes no difference to the eventual outcome, my conscience will be clear going down with a responsible nominee instead.”
So these guys are prepared to lose, exactly as I knew it. I have been forecasting it. These people are prepared to lose in order to save the establishment. Make no mistake about it. By saving the establishment they are saving themselves personally. They are willing to lose the presidential election for personal reasons is what these people are saying. I don’t want to sit here and go nah-nah-nah-nah-nah, I told you so, but that’s exactly who these people are.
They owe their very existence to this establishment, to this club, whatever you want to call it. It’s where their daily existence is. It’s where their future is. It’s where their standard of living is. It’s where their power is. Everything that tells them they’re special, everything that tells them they are the elite. And they are willing to hold onto that structure, even if it means losing the White House.
Listen to this guy, “Hey, look, if we’re gonna lose this election anyway, I want to lose with a clear consciousness, meaning I want to lose with somebody I could support rather than lose with somebody I don’t.” But they’re still talking about losing. That’s the thing here that is inescapable.
One thing interesting about all of this negative news about Cruz coming out, is somebody’s getting worried about him. I mean, there’s no reason for this stuff to be coming out the way it is, with such intensity and frequency, if people weren’t concerned. But I have to tell you this. When the conversation moves to the Republican establishment and the rules for the convention, don’t make the mistake of assuming that the establishment is choosing between Cruz and Trump.
The establishment wants neither of them.
I don’t care where you look.
You can look at Scott Walker’s comments; you can look at any number of Republican establishment people. They are salivating for a contested convention. And they’re making no bones about the fact that a contested convention gives them the opportunity to pick somebody other than Trump or Cruz. I have a Politico story here which pretty much indicates that the people running the Republican Party and the Republican convention are gonna operate under this premise that neither Trump nor Cruz is qualified to be the nominee because neither one of them got to 1,237 delegates.
It’s a story about how (paraphrased), “We’re not gonna reward the candidate who gets the most delegates if he’s short of 1,237. The rule is the rule, and it’s always been the rule. You’ve gotta get a majority, which is 1,237. And if you don’t, we’re not bending the rules to give you the nomination. You’ve gotta get there, and if you don’t, then it’s contested.” Okay, fine. You don’t even have to read between the lines in this Politico story.
It is very clear that the powerbrokers at the convention — the RNC, wherever they are — are telegraphing the fact that they think neither Cruz nor Trump should be the nominee if neither of them gets to 1,237. That’s going to be treated as a defeat. It’s going to be treated as a rejection. The party clearly wants to look at no candidate getting 1,237 as a rejection; that voters will essentially be saying, “We don’t want any of these people if none of them got to 1,237.”
The party is going to then take it from there and act on the assumption that I’ve just stated, and then nominate their own guy, whoever it is. Take your pick. Jeb, Paul Ryan, any number of people will throw their hats in the ring. Kasich (which is what he’s angling for in all of this). “But, Rush, I thought you just said that if they didn’t win they’re…” Well, they will. But Kasich will not be included in that because he never even got close, so it will not even be looked upon that Kasich has been rejected like Cruz and Trump have been rejected.
You can think that I’m overanalyzing this, but I will caution you not to. You know as well as I do that the power brokers in the Republican Party don’t like Trump or Cruz. They especially don’t like Cruz. They’re much more open to Trump. But if they had their way, it won’t be either of them, and they will happily lose the election. They’re on record as saying that in any number of stories. Some of them by name, some of them speaking anonymously, but they’re making it abundantly clear that they’re perfectly happy losing the election while maintaining the existing party structure.
If losing the election and maintaining the current party structure, i.e., establishment, if that’s what it takes to hold onto the structure then losing the election is fine them, and that’s the problem with these people from the beginning of the day to the end. They don’t care about winning. It’s not their priority. Their own personal preferences, their desires are what matter to them. And that’s been the problem all along.