Republican base clash with leadership

Adding to Donald Trumps campaign problems is a growing divide between the Republican Party leadership and it’s base, or at least a significant part of it’s base.

The leadership has tried to appease moderate and undecided voters over Trump’s often outlandish behaviour, and they have to try to support the many Republican candidates standing for the Senate, for Congress and for state governorships.

But in doing so they are infuriating their base that has swung in behind Trump. Some are saying they will not vote for other Republican candidates in a backlash against the leadership.

Many are writing about this, including Laura Ingraham at Lifezette: GOP Leadership v. GOP Base:

The Trump betrayal by Republican elites won’t soon be forgotten by his millions of supporters

The vast majority of Republicans want Donald Trump to be president. They’ve repeatedly told the pollsters, they’ve turned out in huge numbers for the GOP nominee’s rallies, they’ve given him a record-breaking number of small donations, and they are trying to help him win. Some of them were for Rubio, some of them were for Kasich, and a lot of them were for Cruz, but they have come together in an effort to save the country from Hillary Clinton.

A small minority of Republicans do not want Donald Trump to be president. They prefer Hillary Clinton. Unfortunately for most of the Republican Party, this small group of angry dissenters includes many of the people at the top of the party — officeholders, major donors, “strategists,” and “conservative” pundits. These people have been able to leverage their connections with the mainstream press to repeatedly attack Trump — even though they refuse to say anything nice about Hillary.

When this election is over, the vast majority of Republicans are going to remember that their supposed leaders — the same officeholders, millionaires, and pundits who told them that they had to “come together” and support John McCain and Mitt Romney — refused to do the same for Donald Trump. They will know that what they have long suspected is true — the Republican Party is led by people who have more in common with the Clintons than with the GOP base. And that knowledge will affect the future of the GOP for years to come.

Whether Trump wins or loses the Republican Party will be in a precarious state after the election.

But right now their turmoil is putting their majorities in the Senate and in Congress in jeopardy, and Trump’s tilt at the presidency looks on very shaky ground.

As does the GOP leadership.

CNN: Paul Ryan facing threats to speakership over Trump flap

Speaker Paul Ryan is facing backlash from House Republicans over his flap with Donald Trump — and his own job may be on the line.

Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma — a conservative who voted for Ryan last year for speaker— is threatening to pull his support if the Wisconsin Republican won’t fall in line behind the GOP nominee.

“Given the stakes of this election, if Paul Ryan isn’t for Trump, then I’m not for Paul Ryan,” Bridenstine tweeted Wednesday.

Other conservative Republicans have also flashed their anger toward Ryan over his position that he wouldn’t defend or campaign with Trump, raising the specter that Bridenstine could be the first in a crowd of conservatives rebelling against the speaker.

Several angry GOP members on that call pushed back at Ryan, arguing he should continue to stand strongly behind Trump.

Ryan’s spokeswoman AshLee Strong said the speaker is “fighting to ensure we hold a strong majority next Congress, and he is always working to earn the respect and support of his colleagues.”

Trump and the Republicans seem to be doing their best to ensure a candidate seen by many to be seriously flawed and even toxic wins the presidency. They appear to be handing it to Hillary Clinton.

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19 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  13th October 2016

    As I said earlier this election is being fought between those who want change and those who don’t. The latter include the establishment Republicans.

    It seems to me the real risk to the world is not Clinton’s deceits and corruption but her incompetence continuing now a growing list of incompetent US Presidents. A declining US vs strengthening Russia and China is bad news.

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    • There are certainly valid and serious concerns about Clinton and whether she would be more incompetent (or impotent) than Obama.

      But indications are that there are more serious concerns about the competence of and risks posed by Trump,

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  13th October 2016

        Maybe the choice is whether we get incompetent weakness or incompetent strength.

        My gut feel is that incompetent strength can be moderated by others but incompetent weakness can’t,

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        • It is more like known incompetent weakness versus unknown incompetent strength.

          I suspect that US voters see the known status quo as a safer gamble compared to an unknown who threatens to be a loose canon.

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        • Gezza

           /  13th October 2016

          Alan maybe it’s just Americans are waking up to possibility they wouldn’t even get incompetent strength from Trump: that he’s pure WYSIWYG. That the government & all its officials will spend his entire term having to deal 24/7 with full-on, narcissistic, bullying, incoherent, foot-in-mouth, lying, bullshitting bozo?

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  13th October 2016

            I might be wrong, but I don’t think people are voting on that basis at all. I think the majority are traditional party votes and the uncommitted are split between voting for change/no change and voting for/against feminism and political correctness.

            In both camps I think there will be people who don’t vote because they don’t like the candidate. I doubt many will switch sides because of that. Some will vote for their candidate even though they dislike him/her because they hate the other candidate more.

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  13th October 2016

              Just in support of this analysis, poll averaging shows Trump is winning the male vote by 5% but losing the female vote by 15%.
              http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/election-update-women-are-defeating-donald-trump/

            • Gezza

               /  13th October 2016

              Yes, I agree with what you say there, Alan.

              But I chose those words carefully, and after looking up ‘bozo’ (alright, partly I also used them to see if I could suck c in from the ether & get him to mention The Art Of The Deal) because I’m thinking those uncommitted voters are likely to include a good number of people who do actually think about who is the least worse candidate & may genuinely worry that, rather just shaking up a venal & corrupted Congress and administration, leading to some kind of magical correction of the whole damn apparatus, his personality may truly cause utter chaos, domestically and internationally.

              Even if he managed to appoint some genuine serious talent to advise him, would the blighter even listen to them?

              What if he bowls on over to the UN for his first Presidential address to the General Assembly, shoots from the lip, makes shit up, gets told he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, shuts down the UN and declares war on half the GA, all on video, before they’ve even stopped for lunch, goes back to his office and gets told he can’t do this, and goes on Fox TV to say he was misquoted by the hostile media and he never said any of that?

            • Joe Bloggs

               /  13th October 2016

              What if he bowls on over to the UN for his first Presidential address to the General Assembly, shoots from the lip, makes shit up, gets told he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, shuts down the UN and declares war on half the GA, all on video, before they’ve even stopped for lunch, goes back to his office and gets told he can’t do this, and goes on Fox TV to say he was misquoted by the hostile media and he never said any of that?

              hehe, nicely put, Gezza. Kind of sums up Trump’s campaign style right from the start.

              It disappoints me that we’ve seen racism, mocking of the disabled, ignorance of policy, incitement of violence, a ‘litany of lies’ (I so respect Mahon, J. for that phrase) and all of this was swept aside by the GOP apparatchik .. But the misogyny finally brought him down.

              We should be asking why he was able to insult so many other groups without penalty.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  13th October 2016

              Go on then, ask.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  13th October 2016

            He’ll probably get invited to lunch with Putin after that, G.

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            • Gezza

               /  13th October 2016

              Probably. Most unlikely to be asked over for dinner at Xi’s place.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  13th October 2016

              Agreed. He’ll send his bureaucrats there to bow inscrutably with the communist aristocracy.

  2. Corky

     /  13th October 2016

    ” These people have been able to leverage their connections with the mainstream press to repeatedly attack Trump — even though they refuse to say anything nice about Hillary.”

    Some of the major pollsters have been outed as having connections of the Clintons. This race may be way closer then many suspect.

    Trump gave McCain his support. McCain stabbed Trumpy in the back. Trump needs to punish those who have been disloyal should he win office. Show the Republicans he’s loyal to the grass roots.

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    • Klik Bate

       /  13th October 2016

      And does anyone think these turncoat Republicans will stand up to Hillary ❓

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    • Gezza

       /  13th October 2016

      Yes, and wouldn’t that be great. He’ll be busy conducting a purge while trying to get his program if he even has one past Congress. Mind you, these Republicans coming out against him over his sexist remarks were stupid. Having hitched their wagons to him they’ve completely forgotten their voter like him and now don’t like them.

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  3. Pete Kane

     /  13th October 2016

    Remember Watergate had been round a while at Nixon’s landslide of 72. And that ended well Mrs Clinton (infact, for her own Watergate cameo, one of several jobs she was fired from – a junior in the Special Prosecutors Office).

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