Thursday, August 11, 2016

RNC to Have "Come to Jesus" Meeting with Trump Campaign

The Donald Trump shit storm campaign continues to lurch along with Trump continuing to shoot off his mouth and creating firestorms.  At this point, the GOP apologists trying to walk back Trump's dangerous and detached from reality statements make the tawdriest whore look like the height of truth and veracity.  Adding to the circus, mMore than 70 Republicans have signed and released an open letter to Republican National Committee ("RNC") Chairman Reince Priebus urging him to stop spending any RNC money to help Donald Trump win in November.  Viewing Trump as likely to win in November as the Titanic was to make New York harbor after hitting the iceberg that buckled hundreds of feet of her hull, these Republicans argue that the funds be shifted to Senate and House races. Here's a sampling from the letter via Politico:
“We believe that Donald Trump’s divisiveness, recklessness, incompetence, and record-breaking unpopularity risk turning this election into a Democratic landslide, and only the immediate shift of all available RNC resources to vulnerable Senate and House races will prevent the GOP from drowning with a Trump-emblazoned anchor around its neck,” states a draft of the letter obtained by POLITICO. “This should not be a difficult decision, as Donald Trump’s chances of being elected president are evaporating by the day.”
Now, another Politico piece is reporting that Trump campaign officials and representatives of the RNC will have a "come to Jesus" meeting tomorrow to try to save Trump's struggling campaign. Frankly, I think the RNC folks are delusional.  Trump is beyond control and, given the narcissistic personality disorder (among other things) he suffers from, Trump will continue to have diarrhea of the mouth and alienate even more voters and drive more Republicans to defect from the party.  Here are story excerpts:
Donald Trump’s campaign and top Republican Party officials plan what one person called a “come to Jesus” meeting on Friday in Orlando to discuss the Republican nominee’s struggling campaign, according to multiple sources familiar with the scheduled sit-down.
Though a campaign source dismissed it as a "typical" gathering, others described it as a more serious meeting, with one calling it an "emergency meeting." It comes at a time of mounting tension between the campaign and the Republican National Committee, which is facing pressure to pull the plug on Trump’s campaign and redirect party funds down ballot to protect congressional majorities endangered by Trump’s candidacy.

[The meeting] is being viewed by RNC officials as a sign that the campaign has come to grips with the difficulty it is having in maintaining a message and running a ground game.
“They want to patch up a rift that just keeps unfolding,” one source said. “They finally realize they need the RNC for their campaign because, let’s face it, there is no campaign.”
Another person familiar with the meeting, a Republican operative who works with the campaign, said the planned gathering was “a come-to-Jesus meeting.” That source said that many Trump campaign staffers share the party officials’ frustrations with Trump’s penchant for self-sabotaging rhetoric. “What’s bothering people on the campaign is that they feel like they’re doing all the right things, but they’re losing every news cycle to Hillary and there’s nothing they can do about it.”
The campaign official said Trump, who is scheduled to travel to Pennsylvania on Friday, was not slated to attend the meeting, but that Karen Giorno, a senior adviser to the campaign, was.

An RNC member said discontent with the Trump campaign has hit new heights in recent days, describing “major tumult in the building and staff problems and disagreements and RNC staff on the edge of mutiny.”
That’s particularly evident in must-win Florida, the nation’s biggest battleground state, where Trump’s campaign has only one field office and no visible footprint otherwise. It plans to open 25 offices by early September, but rank-and-file Republican Party members and candidates are worried that Hillary Clinton’s team is building a robust campaign across the state.
Republicans started growing more-jittery this week as a Quinnipiac University poll indicated Trump was losing his advantage in Florida over Hillary Clinton and might be dragging down Sen. Marco Rubio’s reelection efforts.

My question is this: why is anyone in the RNC surprised.  Trump has always been a  train wreck about to go off the rails and nothing and no one is going to successfully rein the man in.  My hope is that he not only loses badly in November but that he also poisons the Trump brand and destroys his chance to ever stary again in reality TV unless it is a new format of a show called "The Biggest Loser." 

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