"Down ballot" as if that matters. Exclusive: The Republican Party’s Chairman’s Warning to Donald Trump https://t.co/zh9ujXEqAO
— tsrblke (@tsrblke) August 11, 2016
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told Donald Trump in a phone call last week that if he doesn’t turn his flailing campaign around, the national party may shift its focus from his candidacy to down-ballot races, according to two GOP officials briefed on the exchange. (Emphasis added.)
Tactically, that may seem to be a sound decision. Factually it doesn’t matter, allow me to explain with something I pointed out 6 days ago:
Worse at 10%+ Hillary will claim monarch level mandate. You though imperial Obama was bad…. https://t.co/IDMp9CqWhb
— tsrblke (@tsrblke) August 5, 2016
and again just yesterday:
Clinton already running on idea of having mandate to demand congressional action.
— tsrblke (@tsrblke) August 10, 2016
I tweeted that as I was channel surfing and saw Clinton on CNN giving a speech. I forget the exact words but to paraphrase she said “We need to elect someone who ran on a platform so I can go to congress and tell them this is what the American people voted for.”
Clinton isn’t trying to merely beat Trump, she wants to destroy him, she’s aiming for a 175+ EV margin of victory. The RNC attempting to cut it’s losses with Trump will only make that more likely.
Fact is, at that level of victory, with the power of the administrative state, it doesn’t matter if we hold the House and Senate. Nothing short of veto proof majorities will stop Clinton from doing what she wants. (And even then it’s unlikely.) While she’s busy using the constitution to roll blunts for her husband to “not inhale” she’ll refer repeatedly to her massive margin of victory as justification for her actions. The patronage for her favored groups is going to be never before seen. It is a fact among the media that the only elections that have consequences are presidential ones, so they’ll use that as their cover for ignoring everything she does.
This is the irony of the Trump movement, spurred along by groups angered at a spineless, ever compromising GOP, they have set up the conditions that will give cover to the GOP to surrender and compromise for at 4 more years. If the looming debt crisis and stagnant economy leaves us with a country at that point, probably 8 years. And after that there’s no going back, everything done will be so entrenched you couldn’t unwind it if you wanted to. (See: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, SNAP.)
My Co-bloggers will tell me “THIS ONLY PROVES YOU MUST VOTE TRUMP” but I’m reading the crosstabs and I see he’s losing badly among independents too, and he keeps shooting himself in the foot after sticking it in his mouth. Even if you generously award Trump the missing self-IDing GOP and give him a bump assuming that people are lying to the pollsters to avoid embarrassment, you can’t really overcome the gap he’s created. Which is a long way of saying “It doesn’t matter how I vote, everything is already over.”