August 10, 2016

IT'S ABOVE POLITICS:

Inside Clinton's GOP recruitment plan : The campaign is beginning to reap the rewards of a behind-the-scenes operation that was months in the making. (ANNIE KARNI 08/09/16, Politico)

Day by day, the defectors are trickling out: Republican elected officials, bold-faced names from the George W. Bush administration, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, all repudiating Donald Trump.

In one burst on Monday, 50 former Republican national security officials signed an open letter rejecting Trump's qualifications to serve as commander in chief.

The unprecedented desertion of the GOP nominee by leading members of his own party -- and their embrace of Hillary Clinton -- is partly organic, but for the most part it's being midwifed by the Clinton campaign, which is beginning to reap the rewards of a behind-the-scenes recruitment effort that's been months in the making.

That effort is expected to culminate in the unveiling of an official Republicans for Hillary group as early as Wednesday, by the campaign.

"In our lifetimes, we have not seen a nominee of a major party have so many members of his own party walk away and denounce them," said Clinton's senior strategist Joel Benenson. "It's out of the realm of politics."



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