Trump against the machine

By Morgan Brittany

It is becoming increasingly obvious that the Republican establishment/donor class is drawing up the battle lines and figuring out their strategy for defeating Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention this July. It looks as though “come hell or high water” they are not going to allow him to become the nominee unless he can absolutely, without a doubt, waltz into that auditorium with a solid 1,237 delegates.

Each and every day there is more negativity coming from the voices in his own party than from his political opponents. Hillary and Bernie’s criticism of Trump is being diminished and drowned out by the plethora of Republican talking heads who take every opportunity they can to denigrate and demean him. The Internet and news networks are spotlighting anyone and everyone who has the view that “Trump is over,” “Trump can’t beat Hillary,” and “We are going to have a contested convention.”

With that said, Trump certainly hasn’t been helping himself lately with his immature behavior ridiculing Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi, and his obvious misstep when he fell into Chris Matthews’ trap after being asked a hypothetical question about abortion. Trump should have been ready for that and in his own “Trumpian” way knocked Matthews out. He will have to think before he speaks and realize that the traps have been set for him to step into. Not being a “politician” sometimes has its drawbacks.

It won’t be Chris Matthews who takes Trump down, though. Instead of the usual suspects, it will be his own party that will seek to slay the giant. Trump now finds himself against “the machine,” and I don’t mean the Hillary Clinton kind. This machine is a combination of heavy hitters in the donor and political class who run the show when it comes to the Republican Party. They see their power being infringed upon, and that just won’t do for people like them. The backroom talks have been going on since the moment they realized Trump could actually be a serious threat to them and their power, and now they have emerged with guns blazing. The talking points have been delivered, and the message is loud and clear: Stop Trump no matter what it takes, and start pushing the idea of a “none of the above” candidate selection if no one wins on the first ballot.

John Boehner has made it clear that he intends to do everything in his power to push Paul Ryan into that position. “If we don’t have a nominee who can win on the first ballot, I’m for none of the above.” Those were the former speaker’s words. “I’m for Paul Ryan to be our nominee.” So, in his mind, it is all right for the donor class to silence the voters and the voters’ views on immigration, foreign policy, trade and other issues. No problem there – obviously the voters’ voices mean nothing to him.

According to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; “If it’s an open convention, it’s very likely the nominee would be someone who is not currently running.” This statement was given after he had recently announced that he would be “just fine” keeping Wisconsin’s sanctuary city policy in place.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who knows that it is a virtual impossibility for him to win the nomination, is continuing to stay the course and repeats over and over how Trump or Cruz could never win the general election over Hillary. He seems to be beating up on Cruz more than Trump lately, continuing to say that all polls show he, Kasich, is the only one who can win the general because Cruz only has support in certain states and would definitely lose in many others. Let’s be realistic. Kasich has to know that he has no chance to win or even to pull a nomination away from Paul Ryan if he suddenly becomes the choice of the party. So his strategy must be that he knows if this goes to a brokered convention, Paul Ryan will be elevated to the forefront, leaving Kasich in the prime position to be the choice for VP.

Trump has a tremendous battle on his hands with this machine. He needs to know that all guns are aimed at him, and someone in his inner circle needs to stress to him the need to avoid self-inflicted wounds. Already there is talk of delegates being flipped away from Trump, and you can bet that deals are being made behind closed doors.

There is no doubt that the machine wants Paul Ryan to be the nominee. He wants what they want, which is a continuation of what we have already had for the past seven years. Ryan is cozy with the open-borders folks; he has funded an abundance of visas for Muslim immigrants and has no problem with doing more. He is in favor of off-shoring jobs regardless of the impact it might have on people and their communities, and he cut veterans’ benefits for American citizens in favor of cutting welfare benefits for illegal immigrants. These are just a few of the reasons the establishment loves him so much.

If Trump does throw a wrench in the machine and manages to reach that magic 1,237 number, it will be interesting to see exactly how they play the game at that point. My guess is that in order for them to hold on to their “power and position,” they will back the only person left who is one of them – Hillary Clinton. Wouldn’t be ironic that the one person they have been fighting against for so long would be their saving grace?

Politics makes strange bedfellows.

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