Deep inside the bowels of the GOPe machine, the Death Star formerly controlled by Romney – now Bush, the storm troopers are working diligently to charge the Vorlon Ray and prepare to eliminate Planet Trump.
[…] an army of former aides and advisers from Romney’s long political career — are arrayed among a host of Republican presidential campaigns. But, through no concerted effort, they are curiously aligned once again in common cause, a stem-to-stern effort that has united old comrades even as they nominally play for different teams: stopping Donald Trump.
[…] “It would be ironic if it wasn’t like every single person in the political wing who can stare more than five seconds into the future wasn’t mortified or petrified at the prospect of Trump being the nominee,” said Florida-based GOP strategist Rick Wilson who called a Trump nomination “an existential threat” to the party.
[…] Trump is, in a sense, the anti-Mitt. And he is leading, by no small margin, the would-be heirs to Romney’s throne as sovereign of the party’s moderate, establishment, country-club wing.
[…] Jeb Bush appears to have garnered the most former Romney hands, including longtime advisers Beth Myers and Peter Flaherty; his top 2012 New Hampshire and Iowa strategists Rich Killion and David Kochel; and Mike Murphy, a veteran GOP consultant with longstanding ties to both Romney and Bush who is leading a super PAC backing Bush. His campaign manager, Danny Diaz, was a senior adviser to Romney in 2012.
[…] Henry Barbour, a Mississippi-based GOP strategist who helped write the party’s post-mortem on the 2012 campaign, pointed to an interview Trump gave last week with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt
[…] “Romney’s the one candidate who, if he was on the stage with Donald, he would bulldoze him,” said Scott Reed, senior political strategist at the US Chamber of Commerce
[…] “Not only would Donald Trump not win the White House next year, he’s also doing a great deal of harm to the Republican Party”
[…] “I think you’re going to see more concerted efforts against him in the future,” said Rick Wilson, the Florida-based strategist. “A very broad and decentralized movement coming from a surprisingly diverse set of different buckets of Republican voters and communities” is, he said, beginning to mobilize financial efforts to take out Trump. (link)
Meanwhile the Rebel Alliance is organizing, coordinating, rallying and preparing to mount the assault….
[…] Well, there are no tickets left for the Republican presidential front-runner’s rally at the American Airlines Center. So it’s certain that thousands of North Texans will jam into the place to hear Trump’s stump speech. The AAC holds about 20,000, but it’s unclear if that number of tickets were distributed. (link)