Monday, April 25, 2016

What Pieces Of The GOP Will Be Left Post-Trump For The Kochs To Pick Up?


Trump is fuming-- or something. Kasich and Cruz and ganging up on him and Republican primary voters better not buy into it... or else. Or else what? Or else, he'll disappear and no more free comedy routines from him any more. Yesterday, at a rally in Maryland, he said, "They fight like hell for six months, and they're saying horrible things, the worst things you can imagine. And then one of them loses, one of them wins. And the one who loses says, 'I just want to congratulate my opponent. He is a brilliant man, he'll be a great governor or president or whatever.'"

Then the threat: "I'm not sure you're ever going to see me there. I don't think I'm going to lose, but if I do, I don't think you're ever going to see me again, folks. I think I'll go to Turnberry and play golf or something." Probably too little too late, but the remnants of the onced vaunyed, now decimated and tattered Deep Bench are finally uniting against Trump.

Ted Cruz and John Kasich are joining forces in a last-ditch effort to deny Donald Trump the Republican presidential nomination.

Within minutes of each other, the pair issued statements late Sunday saying they will divide their efforts in upcoming contests with Cruz focusing on Indiana and Kasich devoting his efforts to Oregon and New Mexico. The strategy-- something the two campaigns have been working on for weeks-- is aimed at blocking Trump from gaining the 1,237 delegates necessary to claim to GOP nomination this summer.

The extraordinary moves reflect the national strength Trump has shown and the inability of Republicans who oppose the New York billionaire to come together to stop him. Dividing up some of the remaining primary states by putting forward one strong alternative to Trump in each could be enough to take away delegates and curb Trump's run to the nomination.
Charles Koch had a pro-Clinton (Hill and Bill) weekend, which mortified the conservative Democrat still pretending she's a progressive 'til she can knock Bernie out of the primary race. Koch violated Godwin's Law and compared Trump to Hitler during an interview with Jonathan Karl for ABC News. He said Trump’s support of a registry for Muslims “reminiscent of Nazi Germany” and that banning Muslim's entering the country is “antithetical to our approach... That’s reminiscent of Nazi Germany. I mean that’s monstrous." Koch also told Karl that he's encouraging his whole network to stay away from what promises to be an ugly Cleveland mess in July. And he's not buyimg into the whole Ryan as White Knight saving the party from chaos and catastrophe. Nope, all that can save the kind of predatory political mercantilism that passes for conservatism today from Trump now is... Hillary. The whole GOP mess may well be falling apart before our eyes. Watch:

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