Current Stage: Denial, Anger, BARGAINING, Depression, Acceptance
As we predicted here and here, the GOP Establishment (Definition: Anyone who makes a living off GOP politics, whether we win or lose) is slowly but surely coming to the realization that the end is nigh…
According to The New York Times, former Senator Bob Dole says “Mr. Trump could ‘probably work with Congress, because he’s, you know, he’s got the right personality and he’s kind of a deal-maker.’”
The Washington Post characterizes GOP Establishment opinion as, “Trump prides himself on being a deal-maker, and deal-making means compromise, by definition. Yeah, Trump brags about twisting arms, but sometimes you also have to pat backs…Should we back the guy who wants to be liked and doesn’t really care that much about policy specifics…Trump cares about being liked. Trump will make deals.”
The New Yorker says, “The Wall Street Journal editorial page, which once savaged him mercilessly as a mobbed-up, un-conservative demagogue, has changed its tune (“Mr. Trump is a better politician than we ever imagined, and he is becoming a better candidate.”). Right-wing commentator Erick Erickson laments that many conservatives who don’t like Trump “don’t want to burn bridges by going after him”; Rupert Murdoch has gone from calling him an embarrassment to praising Trump’s alleged crossover appeal. George W. Bush’s press secretary Ari Fleischer, who lacerated Trump as toxic, now calls him the likely nominee, as does former party chairman Michael Steele. Spencer Zwick, Mitt Romney’s national finance chairman, tells the Washington Post, “[P]ower brokers and financiers are now trying to cozy up to Trump in various ways, such as reaching out through mutual friends in New York’s business community.”
Since they have been wrong about Trump at every turn, if the Establishment believes it can co-opt Trump, than you know the opposite is true.
Pass the popcorn…