Karl Rove and his myrmidons at the RNCC are behaving like fools with their hair on fire. The dilemma is of their own making of course. They touted the likes of McConnell and Boehner, told the electorate that Romney was the solution and lied before the election.
Now they have to deal with the revolt by the Conservatives and Republicans who are rejecting any establishment critters with a GOP label.
GOP donors wrestle with possibility of Trump nomination
When asked who he would vote for if the presidential race comes down to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the former mayor of Los Angeles and a longtime Republican establishment figure, Dick Riordan, says: “I would probably go find a deserted island.”
“I think Hillary is disgusting,” said Riordan, a wealthy investor who has exceeded $500,000 in political donations throughout his career.
And I think Trump is crazy,” Riordan added in a telephone interview Monday.
Riordan is not alone. In conversations over the past month, GOP establishment donors have confided to The Hill that for the first time in recent memory, they find themselves contemplating not supporting a Republican nominee for president. [snip]
The four Republican donors sitting at that lunch table — Schnabel, Freeman, Spogli and Riordan — have between them contributed more than $2.7 million to candidates and political action committees over their careers.
All have donated to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign, and Freeman and Spogli have given $1 million and $50,000, respectively, to the pro-Bush super-PAC Right to Rise. [snip]
This gives a particularly nice collection of warm fuzzies seeing Bush augur into the low ratings. Seeing him crash and burn will be the crotch kick to the GOP bigwigs.
On one hand, Trump benefits from the distrust and insults that many establishment figures direct toward him. He says he does not want their money and, with a personal wealth of at least $3 billion, he does not need it.
But from another angle, such resistance could also signal danger. The business wing still carries significant clout in the GOP and traditionally the nominee is approved by — or at least tolerated by — the party establishment.
The quiet deliberations about Trump among these circles — and the recent decision to use super-PAC money to attack Trump, most notably by Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s supporters — may pose difficulties for the front-runner as the field narrows and electability becomes a higher priority than hot rhetoric.
Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski says he is not surprised that establishment GOP donors are sour on Trump.
“The GOP establishment will do anything they can to stop Mr. Trump from being the GOP nominee,” Lewandowski said in a telephone interview Tuesday.
“Mr. Trump is the only one who is not controlled by the special interests. … They want a puppet that they can control, and Donald Trump will never be that person.” [snip]
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