Sorry, folks -- I was away from my computer for a while. It felt odd, getting out of the house...
The "GOP vs Trump" narrative has become impossible to ignore. Talking Points Memo reports that Paul Ryan has threatened to sue a President Trump.
“I would sue any president that exceeds his or her powers,” Ryan said in a back-and-forth about Trump's claims that he could implement a Muslim ban or build a Mexican border wall without congressional approval.
Unprecedented! No powerful Republican has ever spoken in this fashion about his party's nominee. TPM also reports that Trump has no "ground game"
to speak of, and has not been coordinating with the RNC.
Trump seems to have decided he's just not going to have one. Maybe he'll decide that's ridiculous and he wants to build on after all. But you can't just build a campaign operation overnight. And Trump is way, way behind.
Who the hell is advising
Trump? I was under the impression that Stone and Manafort knew something about politics...
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has been quietly having conversations with state party leaders to discuss the latest push by convention delegates to nominate anyone other than Donald Trump.
Priebus has spoken with GOP party chairmen in multiple states in recent days in part to get a better sense of how large the anti-Trump faction is among their convention delegations, according to two people familiar with the conversations.
Given the strife, a growing group of anti-Trump delegates is convinced that enough like-minded Republicans will band together in the next month to change party rules and allow delegates to vote for whomever they want at the convention, regardless of who won state caucuses or primaries.
The new push is being run by people who can actually make changes to party rules, rather than by pundits and media figures who have been pining for a Trump alternative. Many of the delegates involved supported Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) in the primary race but say they are not taking cues from any of Trump’s vanquished opponents.
“This literally is an ‘Anybody but Trump’ movement,” said Kendal Unruh, a Republican delegate from Colorado who is leading the campaign.
factors caused this revolt. But the proximate cause -- the straw with the power to shatter the vertebra of even the mightiest dromedary -- was Trump's reaction to the Orlando massacre.
All he needed to do was sound presidential. All he needed to do was leave his ego at the door for just one damned day.
Just. One. Day.
Hell, even I
could have done it. How does this sound?
"This is not a day for politics. This is a day for all Americans, of every party and persuasion, to come together in mourning. It's a day for prayer, a day for grief, a day for tears, a day to console the victims whose pain we all share. Soon, we shall gather as a nation and ask ourselves the necessary questions: How did this happen? How could it have been prevented? How can we unite our efforts and work together to insure our safety without doing injury to the freedoms we cherish...?"
And so on. The speech writes itself.
Yes, a statement of that sort would have been conventional -- even banal. After a tragedy, people want
to hear conventional sentiments from our leading political figures; there is solace in the familiar. People do not
want to hear narcissistic self-praise, or brutish partisan insults, or anything that smacks of opportunism. The day after the Orlando massacre was not a day for the political hard sell.
If Trump were a man of sound judgment, he would have said the right words. But Trump couldn't stop himself. He combined the egomania of Caligula with the sales pitch of Soapy Smith
On this tragic day, as on all other days, I am I. Me am me. Me the magnificent. The amazing I. I I I. Me me me. Trump Trump Trump. All others are stupid. All others are criminal. All others are out to get you. Your only salvation is I I I me me me Trump Trump Trump. Everything in your lives will be tremendous and glorious and magnificent if you are led by me me me ME ME ME ME ME.
Trump just can't not
be Trump. Not even for one day. And now his own party is saying "Enough is enough."