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Trump making nice with GOP

As explained at the Washing Post “The Fix” blog, Trump is entered a new phase of his campaign in which he is now going to praise the GOPe instead of attacking them.

He now sees himself in the lead, and the key to winning, from this point forward, is to make the GOPe more comfortable with him than with Cruz, which is a low bar considering how much Cruz is hated.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 9, 2016 at 10:59 am

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  1. Carly Fiorina endorses Cruz, and claims she voted for him last week in Virginia (which doesn’t sound believable).


    March 9, 2016 at 11:06 am

    • I believe that she thinks that supporting Cruz is the best way to remain relevant.

      • She’s angling for VP or Sec of whatever.


        March 9, 2016 at 5:17 pm

  2. Terrific article in the American Thinker about Trump’s trade policies. The worm turns?

    (I think these guys, the Richmans, were linked here before by another commenter.)

    Andrew E.

    March 9, 2016 at 11:14 am

  3. Do you think he can win 51% of the delegates? Your post on Rubio dropping out and pushing Kasich over the top in OH has me worried.


    March 9, 2016 at 11:35 am

  4. Can anybody be MORE GOPe than Kasich??

    Trump needs to con/persuade the GOPe but at the same time exclude all their hacks and soldiers and careerists.

    No compromise!

    He needs to play them but show them the door as well.


    March 9, 2016 at 11:46 am

  5. Did you see Trump’s bizarre press conference in which he tried to pretend his various failed businesses were… not?


    March 9, 2016 at 12:16 pm

  6. I think Trump’s feud with the GOPe comes down to money.

    The GOPe is poor.

    At least compared to democrats anyways. They have to scrounge up money from whoever, wherever. They are loyal to those who pony up. The number of “I’m never donating again” conservatives has to be high. And conservatism, at least the “get the government out of regulations,” part limits the ability to shake down business like the Democrats can. The churches that donate based on social issues are dying.

    It’s not a surprise that the latest “stop Trump,” fundraising appeal was made to Democrat Silicon Valley billionaires.

    The other factor is that donor money that prefers to buy out Trump is getting spent attacking him, because he doesn’t take that money. Money like Big Oil, which Trump agrees with 100% is attacking him because special interests prefer bought politicians.

    Trump can fix this, but he will not want to.

    I think there’s a deal he can make for the GOPe:

    “I’ll take public financing & self finance for the rest my campaign, but I’ll fundraise for you.”

    If he makes that deal, all the donor money that would go to the Campaign goes to the RNC/Senate & House Campaign committees instead. That’s an enormous haul for them and gives them a degree of independence that they didn’t have before. Plus, since they took money from Trump, they don’t actively sabotage President Trump. The various special interests that want to buy Trump, do so buying off Congress, and Trump keeps one thing that brings him major appeal.

    Public Campaign financing is a lot of money. I think McCain took it. But it’s not enough money on its own. Somebody is going to need to donate a lot of $$ or Trump will lose, even with all the free media Trump generates. Ground games are expensive.


    March 9, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    • I think you make a good point I hadn’t considered. However, there’s also a very real macro-labor-market component to the opposition too. The oligarchs, people like Zuckerberg, who stumbled into natural, network-effect, monopolies, want to retain all the rents from those monopolies. Zuckerberg in particular has pushed hard for more ‘skilled’ immigration, so that he won’t have to share the fruits of his facebook monopoly with his workforce by paying them high salaries. To keep salaries down, a constant stream of foreign workers is needed.

      Then there’s the ‘old’ big business that Sailer used to talk about. Companies that make toilet paper, tooth paste, food or lend, want to grow their markets, and the easiest way to do that is for the population to grow. Cut off immigration and these companies’ only recourse is to compete with each other for the slow-growing American population.

      Trump is a threat to the GOPe themselves, but he’s a lethal threat to the oligarchs. The oligarchs have made it ‘win-lose’ for Americans for decades, and now Americans, through Trump, seek to correct that imbalance, making it ‘lose-win’. There’s no way Trump can win them over.


      March 9, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      • “people like Zuckerberg, who stumbled into natural, network-effect, monopolies”

        Glad to see you’re not one of those libertarians who believe that Zuckerberg personally contributed value to the economy exactly equal to the value of his Facebook shares.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 9, 2016 at 4:34 pm

      • Yes, it took me a while but I do think you were onto something with the whole ‘value transference’ thing.


        March 9, 2016 at 4:37 pm

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