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Sunday, March 06, 2016

 

Driving all of this is that people busted their asses to elect GOP majorities in 2010 and 2014, and felt like they didn’t get much of anything out of that.


I quoted Glenn Reynolds in the headline.  Here's the rest of the story:

Republican grassroots leaders and members of Congress attending the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) are torn between their suspicions about Donald Trump’s conservative bona fides and their desire to burn down the party establishment that is frantically trying to block the billionaire’s path to the nomination.

Trump — who dramatically dropped out of CPAC on Friday afternoon, earning a stern rebuke from the conference conveners — had scarcely been mentioned in the formal speeches at CPAC.

But in private conversations held in the corridors, cafes and restaurants at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center, the bombastic billionaire, who leads the Republican race for president, was the near-universal topic of conversation.

“I’ve heard a lot of delegate math theories” to stop Trump, said Shaun McCutcheon, a well-known Republican donor and Trump backer.

“I don’t see anything stopping us,” said McCutcheon, who brought the McCutcheon v. FEC case to the Supreme Court that overturned major campaign funding limits.

McCutcheon, like many others at the convention, is “infuriated” by the GOP establishment’s increasingly desperate efforts to stop Trump.

“These other guys are making fools of themselves,” he said. “I poured my heart into Romney in the last election and he just needs to stay out of it. It’s time for somebody else to do it. I just thought it was tacky and it was real poorly done.”

The dominant feeling about Trump among the conservative leaders, activists, media personalities and members of Congress interviewed by The Hill was one of caution about the sudden and frantic turn by Republican leaders and the party’s donor class to take down Trump.

There are widespread suspicions among CPAC attendees that Trump cannot be trusted to uphold conservative principles.

I went to several Romney rallies and even contributed money to his campaign.   But he - and the Bushes - are rich, comfortable members of the establishment who are not personally affected by the convulsions that impact the Middle Class.  Politics to them is a sport whose result is not terribly important because that's the nature of sport, as opposed to the nature of life.  

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