These people need to go away.
The Bushes, the donor class, and the rest of their ilk are already making plans for a post-Trump GOP. They don’t think Donald Trump will be elected president (which is a pretty safe bet at this point) and they’re already looking to their own futures.
The rag of the ruling class, Politico, has the sordid tale of the rats fleeing the sinking ship.
It was mid-April when as many as 1,000 alumni of the most recent Republican administration descended on Dallas for a staff reunion to reminisce about sunnier times. Former President George W. Bush autographed cowboy hats, Vice President Dick Cheney snapped selfies and First Lady Laura Bush chatted up the crowd. The memories were happy; the fajitas were plentiful.
When it came to talk of 2016, though, the mood was grim. The Republican primary had just narrowed to essentially two choices, each anathema to these card-carrying members of the GOP establishment: Ted Cruz and, even more egregiously, Donald Trump.
But few were as dark about the Republican Party’s future as former President Bush himself. In a more intimate moment during the reunion, surrounded by a smaller clutch of former aides and advisers, Bush weighed in with an assessment so foreboding that some who relayed it could not discern if it was gallows humor or blunt realpolitik.
“I’m worried,” Bush told them, “that I will be the last Republican president.”
Donald Trump, who will officially become the Republican nominee on Tuesday, has done little to inspire renewed confidence since.
Instead, he has solidified himself as an erratic, underfunded and scattershot candidate, plagued by staff turmoil and missed opportunities. In the run-up to the convention, he sued a former aide for $10 million. He canceled his vice-presidential announcement citing a terror attack in France, went on cable news and declared America to be in a world war and then announced his pick at the original time slot anyway on Twitter. Within hours, Trump was rocked by leaks from within his inner circle about his own late-night waffling on the single most significant decision a presidential candidate can make.
But it is the rise of Trump’s divisive style and embrace of white resentment politics—anchored by proposals for a wall to keep Mexicans out, an immigration ban preventing Muslims from coming in and talk of cheating by China and ripping up trade deals—that has many of the Republican Party’s elders, privately and publicly, predicting defeat this fall at the hands of a diversifying electorate and fretting about long-term fallout.
In interviews with more than 40 of the Republican Party’s leading strategists, lawmakers, fundraisers and donors, a common thread has emerged heading into the general election: Win or lose in November (and more expect to lose than not), they fear that Trump’s overheated and racialized rhetoric could irreparably poison the GOP brand among the fastest-growing demographic groups in America.
And so, to an almost unprecedented extent, as the 50,000 Republican activists, officials and media pour into Cleveland this week, there is something of a convention within the convention. Many of these GOP titans—the intellectual and financial pillars of the party and its possible future elected leaders—are plotting a parallel course.
The Bushes should be done as a political force after the release of the missing 28 pages of the 9/11 report. It shows that former President Bush covered up Saudi government involvement in the attacks. Also if Bush is worried about being the “last Republican president”, maybe he shouldn’t have been such a failure in office.
Another establishment loser that’s making plans for their own future is Paul Singer. To his credit, he has refused to board the Trump train like other establishment losers, but that hasn’t stopped him from making plans for the future. He wants to make the Republican party “more welcoming” on social issues. Singer also wants to push all of the classic conservative issues such as a hawkish foreign policy, tax cuts, and conservative judges.
But Singer is a loser who is advised by losers as pointed out by Politico:
One prominent Republican strategist, speaking anonymously at the risk of angering so important a donor, laughed at the series of recent losses: immigration reform, Rubio, Stop Trump, gay marriage. “Singer’s group is shaping up to be 0 for life,” the strategist said.
Paul Ryan is also angling for 2020 and he’s already a favorite of the establishment types. But Ryan has endorsed Trump and that would make him unacceptable to most “never Trumpers.” Scott Walker and Tom Cotton, who are also mentioned, will have the same problem as Ryan.
As the crop of establishment losers and failed consultants begin to circle like vultures over the corpse of the GOP, we should remember their catalog of failures. These guys have no business in politics, let alone charting the course of a major political party.
As the Trump train goes off the cliff in November, we should simply make sure these establishment hacks have their seatbelts fastened. We should also take away their parachutes and deny them an escape opportunity.
There’s no reason why these guys shouldn’t pay some of the price for Trump, after all they helped create him.