Tag Archives: GOP in Trouble

Verbatim

Trump’s Broken Promises Making It Harder for GOP to Win in Midterms

“It’s hard to win if you don’t govern. If you make these promises, it’s going to be hard for us to win in the midterms.”

— RNC chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel, quoted by the Washington Examiner.

Verbatim

Crist Can Muster No Sympathy for GOP

“I almost feel sorry for them. But I don’t.”

— Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL), quoted by Roll Call, on the challenges Republicans faced on health care.

Verbatim

GOP’s Agenda in a Shambles

“I don’t know that we could pass a Mother’s Day resolution right now.”

— Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), quoted by Politico, on the GOP’s agenda.

Verbatim

Rooney Can’t Name One GOP Positive in Eight Years

“I’ve been in this job eight years, and I’m wracking my brain to think of one thing our party has done that’s been something positive, that’s been something other than stopping something else from happening. We need to start having victories as a party. And if we can’t, then it’s hard to justify why we should be back here.”

— Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL), quoted by The Atlantic.

Poetic Justice

One Marvelous Mole

She is known as the “Mysterious Intruder,”
Part Wonder Woman, part Batgirl, part MacGruder.
She penetrated the defenses
Of the GOPers and Pences,
And if Trump finds her he’ll personally waterboard ‘er.

Verbatim

Hey GOP — Trump Is Not Your Ally

The populist fury of the Trumpentariat isn’t reserved for liberals alone; more and more, it will be focused on Republicans who fail to toe the line when He issues his commands and diktats. The rage monster machine of Fox News, talk radio and Trump-centric social media needs something to feed on, and if House Republicans think Trump and his media allies won’t sacrifice them for their own satisfaction and ratings, they’re not paying attention.

Rick Wilson

Verbatim

McCain Paints Himself Into a Corner on SCOTUS

I promise you that we will be united against any Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton, if she were president, would put up.

— Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), quoted by CNN, saying Republicans will block any Supreme Court picks she might make.

Verbatim

Obama: GOP Created Trump

The problem is not that all Republicans think the way this guy does. The problem is that they’ve been riding this tiger for a long time. They’ve been feeding their base all kinds of crazy for years, primarily for political expedience. So if Trump was running around saying I wasn’t born here, they were okay with that as long as it helped them with votes. If some of these folks on talk radio talked about how I was the antichrist, that’s just politics. … They stood by while this happened. And Donald Trump–as he’s prone to do—he didn’t build the building himself, he just slapped his name on it and took credit for it. And that’s what happened in their party.

— President Obama, giving Republicans a frank dressing-down for allowing Donald Trump to become the Republican nominee at the annual Ohio Democrats’ dinner Thursday night, TPM reports.

Enumerati

A Quarter of Republican Leaders Refuse to Back Trump

26%

Of Republican governors and members of Congress are refusing to endorse Donald Trump, according to a USA Today survey. “It is an extraordinary demonstration of the fracture Trump’s candidacy has revealed in the Republican Party. There is no precedent in modern American political history for elected officials of either party to refuse en masse to support their presidential nominee. It shows that Trump will have to wage a national campaign without the fleet of surrogates and supporters that every other presidential contender has relied on for decades to help bring voters to the polls. And it illustrates how hard it will be for the GOP to rebuild if Trump loses.”

Verbatim

The Sad, Lonely Life of Donald Trump

Politics is an effort to make human connection, but Trump seems incapable of that. He is essentially adviser-less, friendless. His campaign team is made up of cold mercenaries at best and Roger Ailes at worst. His party treats him as a stench it can’t yet remove.

David Brooks