According to a report from The New York Times, Republican sources confirmed that GOP leadership will continue its concerted effort to destroy Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, even if that results in helping frontrunner Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton win the White House.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , and head of the GOP Establishment, devised a plan to help Clinton win and keep control over the U.S. Senate. The Times writes:
While still hopeful that Mr. Rubio might prevail, Mr. McConnell has begun preparing senators for the prospect of a Trump nomination, assuring them that, if it threatened to harm them in the general election, they could run negative ads about Mr. Trump to create space between him and Republican senators seeking re-election.
Mr. McConnell has raised the possibility of treating Mr. Trump’s loss as a given and describing a Republican Senate to voters as a necessary check on a President Hillary Clinton, according to senators at the lunches.
What part of Establishment does McConnell not understand? He somehow rationalizes that while running negative ads against Trump the GOP can also run against Clinton at the senate level, and win?
This is the insanity of the Republican Party in 2016.
Trump’s claimed the GOP hates him, the RNC hasn’t kept their side of an agreement, the Establishment doesn’t want him to win. Turns out, thanks to the Times, are true. As a result, McConnell’s strategy may backfire and actually help Trump.
Trump’s primary message is that he is the only anti-establishment candidate who is genuinely anti-everything that McConnell represents. McConnell could actually make Trump more popular.
But McConnell’s strategy could actually result in losing Senate seats and the Senate altogether. Take Ohio and Pennsylvania for example.
According to a recent survey by Public Policy Polling, Republican senators Patrick Toomey and Robert Portman are up for reelection and have low approval ratings. Mitchell McConnell is not well-liked in either state. His approval rating in Pennsylvania is 13 percent; in Ohio, it’s 14 percent.
Likewise, the majority Ohio and Pennsylvania voters want the vacant Supreme Court seat filled this year. Among Independent voters the number is even higher. McConnell’s vow not to fill the seat (although his vows have consistently changed) could help lose both of these seats. In both states, 52 percent of voters said they’d be less likely to vote for Portman and Toomey if they refuse to confirm a replacement for Justice Scalia’s vacancy, no matter who it is.
And this is only representative of voters in Ohio and Pennsylvania. The poll excludes other states where Mr. Trump has already handily won.
If McConnell pursues this path, will he leading Senate Republicans towards an epic defeat on election day?
Will his desire to destroy Trump lose the Republican’s Senate majority? If so, perhaps this destruction is what the populace wants– an end to an establishment ‘Washington cartel’ that no longer represents the people.
McConnell could actually succeed in destroying the Republican Party, a feat Democrats have sought to achieve for decades. Will Senate Republicans follow their leader, even if he leads them, charging, wholeheartedly, to jump off of a cliff?