Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has weathered controversy after controversy, defying nearly every political pundit in America by staying on top of the polls. With December quickly approaching, his campaign has outlasted even the most optimistic summer predictions. And according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, the super PACs supporting the other candidates have seen enough.
A group called Trump Card LLC is planning to run a “guerrilla campaign” against the billionaire, and it is drawing resources from many top Republican donors to launch a blitz intended to sink Trump’s nomination hopes. Run by Liz Mair, a former RNC official, the group has announced a singular goal: to “defeat and destroy” the real estate mogul.
Trump Card LLC isn’t the only group taking serious aim at the frontrunner. Fox News reports that New Day for America – a super PAC supporting Ohio Governor John Kasich – is planning to run a series of attack ads against Trump in New Hampshire. The project has reportedly kindled interest among donors backing other candidates, such as Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.
“In the absence of our efforts, Trump is exceedingly unlikely to implode or be forced out of the race,” said Mair in a memo published by WSJ. “The stark reality is that unless something dramatic and unconventional is done, Trump will be the Republican nominee and Hillary Clinton will become president.”
In other words, Republicans are getting ready to hit the panic button.
Is it like Mair says? Does a Trump nomination guarantee Hillary the White House? In a year where political predictions have never been more wrong, it’s hard to understand why anyone would buy into this one. If Trump is still the GOP frontrunner at this late date, who’s to say he can’t pull off a Hail Mary in the general election?
Furthermore, we need to get away from this idea of “electability.” That notion led us to choose John McCain. It led us to choose Mitt Romney. You can’t put your finger to the wind and pick a candidate like you might pick a promising horse. A presidential primary should not be akin to betting on a winner. If it were possible to do so with any degree of confidence, then perhaps. But it isn’t possible. So there’s no reason to vote for any other reason than that you want to see this person become the president of the United States. Hell, for all we know, Clinton will be in handcuffs by the time we get to next November.
Trump has done something extraordinary this year. Or, rather, you might say he benefited from something extraordinary. For once, the power is out of the hands of the RNC. Out of the hands of the big donors. The power is where it belongs: with the people. Does that make him the best candidate? Maybe not. But at least this time around, it feels like we actually got to make a choice.