[…] …several longtime Republican power brokers argued that if the controversial billionaire storms through the primaries, the party’s establishment must lay the groundwork for a floor fight in which the GOP’s mainstream wing could coalesce around an alternative, the people said. – Robert Costa [Washington Post]
IF THE REPUBLICAN party thinks they can still have backroom meetings and deals without people finding out, they must be living in the 20th century. Ben Carson has made an opportunity out of Robert Costa’s report today in the WaPo, grandstanding in a way that gets Carson back in the news after an abysmal 19-point crash in Iowa polling, threatening to leave the GOP over stacking the nomination deck, something Donald Trump teed up months ago.
Carson’s statement in Politico
“If the leaders of the Republican Party want to destroy the party, they should continue to hold meetings like the one described in the Washington Post this morning,” Carson said in a statement released by his campaign.
Carson said he prays the Post’s report is incorrect and threatened to leave the GOP. “If it is correct, every voter who is standing for change must know they are being betrayed. I won’t stand for it,” said Carson, who added that if the plot is accurate, “I assure you Donald Trump won’t be the only one leaving the party.” […]
“I am prepared to lose fair and square, as I am sure is Donald,” Carson said. “But I will not sit by and watch a theft. I intend on being the nominee. If I am not, the winner will have my support. If the winner isn’t our nominee then we have a massive problem.”
Once upon a time, candidates had to kowtow to their political party apparatus. At least on the conservative side, this is no longer the case.
It’s interesting that all this bottom-up activism is happening on the right while Democrats are preparing to nominate the strongest establishment candidate we’ve seen in a very long time, Hillary Clinton.
But then, a woman politician wouldn’t have a chance if she didn’t come through the establishment and, at least, Democrats are willing to embrace a commander in chief who is female, something Republicans aren’t close to doing.