Saturday, February 27, 2016

Mitch McConnell Has a Save His Own Butt

                                                    Doug Mills/New York Times
Things are getting truly desperate in conservative camps and the grim acceptance that this isn't a bad dream and that Trump is almost surely going to win the nomination has begun to set in.  It's led to an odd plan...

...To rally depressed Republicans, McConnell has hatched an unthinkable tactical retreat:  Let Hillary Clinton win and focus on maintaining control over the Senate...

...Did you catch that?  Mitch McConnell floated the idea of tanking his party's own candidate for president over sandwiches at lunch.

McConnell's thinking is this:  If Republicans accept that Trump will never win the general election, they can devote their energy towards running against Clinton at the senate level.  If that sounds insane, then welcome to the Republican Party in 2016.
According to the New York Times: 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... 
...Of Mr. Trump, Mr. McConnell has said, "We'll drop him like a hot rock," according to his colleagues.
The saddest part in this scheme is that McConnell's plan probably won't even work... Trump has run his entire campaign on being anti-everything the current "establishment" Republican Party stands for.  If his rabid supporters catch wind of the fact that loathed senators like Mitch McConnell are lining (up) against him, that will only make him more popular...

...Polls suggest McConnell is leading Senate Republicans into an epic defeat on election day.  Having destroyed Trump to save the jobs of Senate Republicans, he will be left with nothing to show for it.  A fitting end to a Republican Party that rushed so fast to the bottom that they didn't realize they had jumped off a cliff.

eye'm thynkin':  Wow.  

To me,  Mitch McConnell always looks like a deer caught in the headlights.  Now it's starting to sound like he's bracing for impact, and the only thing on his mind is how to save his own butt.  And as a bonus, Americans would be treated to four (eight?) more years of obstructionism on a massive scale.

Is this how the "responsible" govern?

Read more at Addicting Info 
and The New York Times

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