Trump source in room tells me Trump made a gen elex map pitch to the group. Mentioned NJ ("right, Chris?!"), CA, PA, MD as in play.— Ali Vitali (@alivitali) June 9, 2016
I think the Republicans have an interesting problem with Donald Trump in that they want him to be someone he pretty much isn't. They think he is growing and learning. He will stop being a textbook racist asshat any day now. Basically, they believe that they can decry the things said by Donald Trump, and still support "Dan Hominy".
"Dan Hominy" is my private name for "The Nominee"--a salt-of the earth independent small government businessman who pleases the evangelical contingent while being strictly acceptable to the Chamber of Commerce folks, and who, when he's up for it, shows a solid grasp of national defense priorities. You know, a "Generic Republican", who, if things were anything but what they are right now, would be just the three-legged-stool sitting SOB to eke out a 50-48 win over Hillary Clinton (the rest split between Dr. Jill Stein and Gary Johnson, I guess). A guy with no major negatives, a reputation for honesty, and a basic general competence. I think, despite Donald Trump actually being the person who won the GOP primaries, a lot of Republicans want to mainstream their guy as being this "Dan Hominy"--slogan? "He's got grits!"
Donald Trump might say racist nonsense, but Dan Hominy isn't even on trial for grifting students out of millions of dollars for a fake degree in going into debt to sell houses to even more gullible people, so he doesn't have to indulge in trash talk. Donald Trump might be a grifter who has spent the last thirty years gold leafing turds, but Dan Hominy is a successful businessman. Donald Trump is a deadbeat, but Dan Hominy is honest folks. Donald Trump wants to deport millions of people and build a symbolic wall to keep out millions more, but Dan Hominy is just a patriot who wants a robust immigration policy that enforces a recognition of citizen-awareness. Donald Trump wants to ban Muslims, but Dan Hominy is just a big believer in Judeo-Christian, and only Judeo-Christian, values.
I think Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan--sadly, the establishment folks, are trying to sell Trump as Dan Hominy because they have no other guy to take his place and think he just might be their monkey because he simply does not know shit. They will polish this guy into something they can live with, even if they think he should not have access to the nuclear codes. And when he loses, they will already know all the ways he was not grits, but garbage. The Sasse, Erickson, etc. folks who are actual conservative conservatives? Have been calling him out as garbage all along, and aren't making it up when they say #nevertrump.
Donald Trump is not Dan Hominy--he earns his media, but he also earns his negatives. He thinks he might not need to raise big bucks to confront the Democratic candidate for president in states that represent the coastal elites. Finally--I see how Donald Trump is generic Republican Dan Hominy--he doesn't know shit either. He waits for a VP candidate like Newt Gingrich to steer his ass to, most likely, greater ignominy. And feels no concern other than monetary for his success I suspect.
There's only so much one can do with a highly known quantity like Trump.