GOP IN A PANIC OVER TRUMP
“Republican establishment are plotting a full-scale attempt to torpedo his candidacy”
“The media has twisted and turned through a number of different positions where they tried to explain that it was just a fad — the summer of Trump,” said Craig Robinson, a former political director of the Republican Party of Iowa. “Well, it’s lasted all fall. There is a realization that you are not going to wake up tomorrow and he’s going to vanish.”Robinson, who is not affiliated with any candidate, was scathing toward those GOP centrists who assert that Trump will be unable to translate his polling support into votes because of a weak ground game.“That is the wishful thinking of the establishment,” he said. “That is what they tell themselves so they can sleep at night. The truth is, Trump has one of the better ground operations in Iowa. Will he turn out every single person who shows up at his rallies? No. But if he turns out a fraction, he will roll over the field.”. . . . Others have cited the 2012 cycle, when several Republican candidates’ stars rose and faded, to suggest that Trump will lose altitude before the first votes are cast.
Donald Trump has proven to be the GOP’s summer fling gone awry: fun at first, when there was no expectation of a commitment. But he’s stuck around — long after the party establishment wishes he were gone.Now, concerned about lasting damage to the party’s image, some in the Republican establishment are plotting a full-scale attempt to torpedo his candidacy.Fergus Cullen, former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party, on Monday filed a formal complaint with the New Hampshire secretary of state challenging Trump’s place on the first-in-the-nation primary ballot, arguing in vain that the billionaire reality TV star did not provide proof he’s a Republican.Some Republican consultants are forming a group — Trump Card LLC — with the explicit goal of taking out the brash-talking political neophyte. And the conservative Club for Growth has run anti-Trump ads in Iowa.