The RNC has been taken in a hostage crisis by the whims of the Donald Trump. The billionaire certainly has the ability to derail any chances of a conservative winning the White House, especially if he decided to run third party.
Make a Deal (Karl Knighton)
This ability to frighten the establishment is definitely not a reflection on Trump’s courage in standing up to them. Instead, it’s more of an indictment on establishment Republicans’ unwillingness to stand up for principled conservatism.
The establishment would rather make a deal than take a stand. And with no viable establishment alternative at the moment, they are now hanging their hats on Trump.
They may not like Trump, but at least he is saying he is going to be more establishment in order to make deals. And with Trump now claiming he could work with Democrats Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi the Republicans would also gain a leader to pin the blame on when they fail to push a conservative agenda.
On the other hand, if the establishment threw their support behind a candidate like Ted Cruz they might actually be forced to stand up for their cause. Something they have seemed eager to avoid the last several years so maybe they would feel more like a hostage in that scenario than they do now.
Unfortunately, the establishment may not understand the full extent of their deal with Trump. If he wins the presidency what sort of deals will the candidate be making between Democrats and establishment Republicans? How many more conservative allies will they lose on behalf of these deals? And how will those deals affect the longevity of the RNC?
If nothing else, we know establishment republicans are certainly consistent in their ability to swiftly surrender.
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