August 7, 2016

TRYING TO SAVE THE ACTUAL REPUBLICANS:

Report: GOP Strategists Are Getting Ready to Ditch Trump for the Down Ticket (Chas Danner, 8/06/16, New York)

[T]he New York Times is reporting that top GOP strategists, growing increasingly resigned to the likelihood of Trump being an election-day disaster for the party, are now actively working on plans to distance down-ticket incumbents from the nominee.

Those plans exclude fully disavowing Trump (and potentially alienating his base), but include other coping mechanisms like accelerating the development of ads that distinguish GOP candidates from Trump -- airing as soon as early next month -- or possibly launching a large-scale ad campaign to support conventional Republican positions, thus bolstering the party itself instead of the party's nominee -- or as the Times paraphrases one strategist's explanation, "to provide voters with a different, nonthreatening view of Republicans, so that the party is not wholly defined by Mr. Trump's day-to-day pronouncements."

In addition the Club for Growth, a major conservative political group, is itself researching contingency plans to motivate voters who don't like Trump but might vote for down ticket candidates. And while the GOP's hold on the Senate is most at risk this year, Paul Ryan, who is himself facing an ugly -- if not terribly risky -- primary battle at home in Wisconsin, has warned Republican donors that the party's 30-seat majority in the House isn't safe either.

Posted by at August 7, 2016 10:42 AM

  

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