GOP Anti-Trump Strategy: Reagan’s Words Kicked To Wayside By Super PAC – OpEd
By Jim Kouri
What’s being characterized as a “GOP anti-Trump guerrilla operation,” has been exposed in a number of news stories on Monday. The underlying theme is the Republican Party’s decision to kick Ronald Reagan’s sage advice to the wayside and mount a “counter-campaign” against their own party’s frontrunner.
According to political strategist Michael Baker, a number of Republican donors who have been backing some of the GOP’s presidential candidates are in the planning stages to fund a multi-media advertising campaign attacking Donald Trump. The donors are upset with Trump’s comments about illegal aliens and radical Muslims.
Despite the Islamic terrorists’ attacks and activities in the Middle East, in France and in Africa, these anti-Trump, deep-pocketed Republicans find The Donald’s reaction to be the wrong message. But Trump has explained himself clearly: He opposes political correctness, something that too many Republicans have failed to target as the 21st Century version of “American deconstruction” that was championed by the American Left and the folks at the New York Times.
The Super PAC is being called A New Day for America, and is supporting Ohio’s Governor John Kasich for POTUS. While Kasich has been an asset at times to the Republican Party, he displays a tendency to be a middle-of-the-road Republican. “I think that PAC’s name is almost laughable since Kasich can be best described as the ‘old day’ and Trump’s campaign does signal a ‘new day’ for true political outsiders,” said Mike Baker, who is an attorney and a conservative political consultant.
The anti-Trump GOP donors pledged big money specifically earmarked to attack Trump in the bellwether primary state of New Hampshire. Gov. Kasich, a former congressman and a Fox News Channel host, has repeatedly attacked Donald Trump in the last three debates and now the Super PAC is planning to pump at least $3 million into the stop-Trump campaign on behalf of an anxious GOP establishment.
The offensive comes as some in the GOP are beginning to plot how to combat the real estate mogul and entertainer, who many are convinced would essentially deliver the White House to Democrats if he were the nominee. In launching the effort, the group hopes to position Kasich, who has lagged in the Republican contest and is searching for momentum, as a central Trump antagonist.
The group’s first attack ad will be released and supposedly shows Trump side by side with President Barack Obama. “On the job training for president does not work,” says the ad, which reminds viewers of last week’s tragic Paris terrorist attacks.
For all the nervousness about Trump’s candidacy, however, few in the GOP have directed resources toward defeating him. Prominent Republican groups such as the Chamber of Commerce and the Karl Rove-founded American Crossroads, both establishment vehicles, have not spent any money against Trump.
While the Inside-the-Beltway establishment complains about Trump’s lack of political experience, his supporters have countered that a number of presidents including Obama, Jimmy Carter and Hillary Clinton have had experience and yet they have shown they are arguably the worst crop of political leaders in recent history.
Trump responded to the news of the Super PAC and Kasich on Twitter. “I want to do negative ads on John Kasich, but he is so irrelevant to the race that I don’t want to waste my money,” Trump wrote in one tweet.
In launching the campaign, the pro-Kasich group says it is responding to money players who are eager to take Trump’s campaign down.
Several GOP insiders have voiced their displeasure about the political shenanigans to stop Trump from being the party’s nominee to face Hillary Clinton. It appears in lieu of beating the charismatic businessman fair and square they’ve resorted to backroom dealings with the very GOP politicians that have contributed to voters turning to outsiders such as Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina.
The party’s so-called base – Tea Party groups, the religious Christians and Jews, etc. – have made their priority to change course from a political party run by RINOs (Republicans in Name Only). The RINOs failed to forcefully confront Obamacare, and neglected to secure U.S. borders, but they have boldly endeavored to put the kibosh on their own frontrunner’s face for the White House.
The Conservative Base encourages voters to let the RNC’s Chairman Reince Priebus –as well as the State GOP Chairs of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina — know that rank-and-file Republicans condemn this blatant violation of Reagan’s 11th Commandment. We patriots must also demand that Chairman Priebus and the RNC pledge to fully and completely support Trump and work with his campaign staff if he is our nominee.
The scuttlebutt circulating inside and outside of The Beltway asserts that some of the party’s big shots are attempting to sideline a RNC full-court press to elect Donald Trump, which will include depriving him of the important resources, which you can bet the farm the Democrats will give Hillary Clinton.
Contact Chairman Reince Priebus at the Republic National Committee website.