Thursday, April 21, 2016

Please Mr. Trump

"There are a fair number of RNC members who were discounting his chances of success when we met in January and now see that he’s building a substantial lead and may in fact get to 1,237 before we get to the convention," said Steve Duprey, an RNC member from New Hampshire. "The New York results were such an overwhelming win. It's impressive. That's what I've heard people talking about."

RNC members said Trump could help improve the climate by taking steps to end the bad blood that has developed between him and the committee's leadership, including RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

Trump wondered whether Priebus, who is popular with the RNC ranks, should continue in his job if Trump is the nominee. "I think it's time for that rhetoric to end," said Jeff Essmann, chairman of the Montana Republican Party.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trump is not running for the glorification of the Republican Party and if he can win by demonizing them, he will. They are just tools for him. Does making nice help or hurt him at this point?

7:18 AM, April 21, 2016  
Anonymous Denver Guy said...

I don't know if trying to appeal to Republicans could hurt him, but it certainly would help him in the general election to try and build a coalition of support that includes regular Republicans. Unless he thinks he can replace lost Republicans with Bernie supporters (which seems very unlikely).

11:52 AM, April 21, 2016  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

His supporters in the primary do not seem to be GOP regulars but seem like folks who hate the party

12:00 PM, April 21, 2016  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He has strong support with certain groups that Republicans don't always get, but that's more than offset with the lack of support from certain traditional Republican voters and a general dislike from moderates without whom no one can win. It really doesn't matter what strategy he uses for the general election, he's a known quantity by this time.

12:04 PM, April 21, 2016  
Blogger ColumbusGuy said...

I'm guessing you're not close to the Republican Party, Anon#3. As best as I can tell, it's the GOP regulars who hate the party the most. (Well, okay, the far left folks on the Dems certainly hate the party, but not being one of them, it strikes me as more pro forma, de rigueur hatred than visceral.)

1:28 PM, April 21, 2016  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Republican party has won in recent years because it's a big tent. If they're actually worried they have too many voters, they can go with Cruz. On the other hand, if they're truly tired of having a party, they can go with Trump.

3:49 PM, April 21, 2016  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting discussion -prefiguring the autopsy while the soon-to-be corpse is still up walking around and blustering

6:23 PM, April 21, 2016  
Anonymous Denver Guy said...

My point is only that I'm not sure whether the new "Trumpets" (I love that moniker) would hold it against Trump if he wooed some regular Republicans. All he would have to do is talk a little about holding the line against tax increases, and maybe supporting an originalist interpretation of the Constition.

8:48 AM, April 22, 2016  

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