"The GOP Is On The Verge Of A Meltdown": Senior Republicans Threaten To Vote For Hillary

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With Donald Trump set for a yuuge victory in tomorrow's Super Tuesday slugfest - oddsmakers see 80% chance of Trump being the nominee - tensions are mounting dramatically within the Republican establishment. As The FT reports, many mainstream Republicans believe Mr Trump would struggle to beat Hillary Clinton and are urgently rallying around their man Rubio with some senior Republicans saying privately that they might consider voting for Mrs Clinton if Mr Trump were to end up as their party nominee as one conservative commentator exclaimed "we are on the verge of a real meltdown in the Republican party."

Trump's lead in the polls over his GOP nominee 'peers' continues to grow...

Source: RealClearPolitics

As The FT reports, while Mr Rubio and Mr Trump ramp up their attacks on each other ahead of the March 1 primaries, Republican grandees and lawmakers are turning to the Florida senator as they become increasingly worried that the property tycoon could lock up the GOP presidential nomination within three weeks.

They fear that a victory for Mr Trump could fatally fracture the party and prevent them from winning the White House in November.


Many mainstream Republicans believe Mr Trump would struggle to beat Hillary Clinton, the clear Democratic frontrunner after her resounding victory over Bernie Sanders in South Carolina on Saturday, given the comments he has made about Hispanics, Muslims, women, disabled people and people who have criticised his campaign.

But, as the following chart shows, it's far too close to call...

Source: RealClearPolitics

The FT goes on to note that Mr Trump on Sunday issued a thinly-veiled warning that he would consider running as an independent.

“The Republican Establishment has been pushing for lightweight Senator Marco Rubio to say anything to “hit” Trump. I signed the pledge-careful,” he tweeted, a reference to a pledge that all candidates signed to back the party’s eventual nominee.

As panic is setting in within The GOP...

“We are on the verge of a real meltdown in the Republican party,” Hugh Hewitt, the influential conservative radio talk-show host told ABC television on Sunday.


Some senior Republicans have said privately that they might consider voting for Mrs Clinton if Mr Trump were to end up as their party nominee. “You’ll see a lot of Republicans do that,” Christine Whitman, the former New Jersey governor who previously compared Mr Trump to Hitler, told the New Jersey Star-Ledger.


“We don’t want to. But I know I won’t vote for Trump.”

But none other than Rupert Murdoch chimed in at the craziness and infighting...

And now the neocons are declaring war on Trump (as The Intercept notes)...

Donald Trump’s runaway success in the GOP primaries so far is setting off alarm bells among neoconservatives who are worried he will not pursue the same bellicose foreign policy that has dominated Republican thinking for decades.


Neoconservative historian Robert Kagan — one of the prime intellectual backers of the Iraq war and an advocate for Syrian intervention —  announced in the Washington Post last week that if Trump secures the nomination “the only choice will be to vote for Hillary Clinton.”


Max Boot, an unrepentant supporter of the Iraq war, wrote in the Weekly Standard that a “Trump presidency would represent the death knell of America as a great power,” citing, among other things, Trump’s objection to a large American troop presence in South Korea.


Trump has done much to trigger the scorn of neocon pundits. He denounced the Iraq war as a mistake based on Bush administration lies, just prior to scoring a sizable victory in the South Carolina GOP primary. In last week’s contentious GOP presidential debate, he defended the concept of neutrality in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which is utterly taboo on the neocon right. “It serves no purpose to say you have a good guy and a bad guy,” he said, pledging to take a neutral position in negotiating peace.

With Trump’s ascendancy, it’s possible that the parties will re-orient their views on war and peace, with Trump moving the GOP to a more dovish direction and Clinton moving the Democrats towards greater support for war.

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Lost in translation's picture

If nothing else, Trump is a wrecking ball to the War Party.

A good thing.

BullyBearish's picture

So tell me again the difference between a RepubliconJob and a Demicrap?

Lost in translation's picture

I did not say there was any difference, you did.

Father Thyme's picture
Father Thyme (not verified) Bumpo Feb 29, 2016 1:23 PM

Rubio is depicted by the correct color: Pink.

knukles's picture

Just think of how far we've fallen... that Rubio is being considered for the Presidency.
Draw your own conclusions.

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

All about protecting the power of the 1 party establishment.  Damn this is fun to watch.

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) Ghost of PartysOver Feb 29, 2016 1:34 PM

Mr. Kagan makes a pretty convincing argument for Trump...  If this keeps up, I may NOT be voting for Jill Stein.


Republicans are red,

And Democrats are blue,

And neither them or the Elites,

Give a fuck about you.

Having said that, better Trump than any of the political career fucktards reaching for the brass ring.

wee-weed up's picture



"The GOP Is On The Verge Of A Meltdown"

Yawn... the Republican establishment has lost control and is totally irrelevent now - just like their former posterboy Jeb.

nope-1004's picture

Trump presidency would represent the death knell of America as a great power


lmao.  Like invading countries that are politically beat down to begin with, by virtue of our own destabilization practices and policies such as exporting inflation via USD reserve currency and domestically planted uprisings, is the definition of a "great power".  This has to be the biggest joke of a statement I have ever read.

This is what's wrong today.  Everything is run top-down.  The people have no say, or when they do as they are now, it's not valid.  Banks run the economy.  Political parties run the government.  Voting is totally symbolic and we the people used as pawns.

Meltdown needed.  Uprisings needed.  Free speech needed.  Rounding up of arrogant 1%'ers needed.  Lamposts and rope needed.


SoilMyselfRotten's picture

If they had a choice they'd nominate Gumby. No room for anyone with their own ideas on how to rule the world.

JRobby's picture

Rubio is a pipsqueak worm. When he doesn't win FL on March 15, the "Laugh Track Will Be Deafening"

aVileRat's picture

He doesn't need to win anything. Like Teddy and the bullmoose revolt the RNC will simply award him the VP + full PAC control in any election. Trump will be just a figurehead, a loud figurehead but totally neutered from day T-0.


Son of Loki's picture

If Rubio is the Rep choice, I'LL vote for Hillery!

Nutsack's picture
Nutsack (not verified) Son of Loki Feb 29, 2016 2:18 PM

The socialist jew media and their jew FED masters will stop at nothing, even murder.


The Joo World Order is at stake if Trump can turn America around.

Manthong's picture

“Senior Republicans…  Vote For Hillary”

Go ahead losers.. you are next to go.



fleur de lis's picture

Who cares what dumpy Kagan thinks. All he thinks about is how to instigate another war and get Americans to spill their blood and flip the bill. Well of course he likes Hillary. She's a destructive psychopath just like him.

His dumpy wife Victoria Nuland instigated the Russo-Ukrainian bloodfest. How much was her commission for that. She must be delighted that 9,000 people are dead thanks to her sludge-filled cranium.

The two of them should do what they obviously do best and stick to the all-you-can-eat buffet table. They're like hogs on crack.

And Max Boot? He's a coward who promotes wars, spills other people's blood, then shows up for the fire sale. He's a political firebug. No wonder they're all friends.

None of those warmongers could guard a supermarket. First sign of trouble between two kids they would turn tail and run. They are only good for starting fights and skimming a profit. Peace and quiet makes them restless. They're only happy when huge populations are being put to death.

They are scared to death that a Trump win means they can't play at killing off entire populations because they can get away with it. It would be nice if Trump dropped them into the nations they destroyed and let their targeted victims give them the same.

TahoeBilly2012's picture

That fat ass Kagan family can take their fat asses back to Israel, were their ancestors aren't from (more like Ukraine haha).

Duc888's picture



Max Boot, Russian Jew Born in Moscow, CFR member....



Yea, I'm gonna listen to that fuggin Jag - off.     Not.

de3de8's picture

If Trump's not the nominee I'm not voting

VinceFostersGhost's picture




Just goes to show how dirty these bastards really are.

Son of Loki's picture


Donald Trump Jr. Offers To Buy Airfare For Celebs Who Would Flee Country Over Prez Trump



After a slew of celebrities vowed to leave the country if Donald Trump is elected President, one of the Republican frontrunner’s sons offered to pay for their plane tickets.

“I’ll buy their airfare! I’m more than happy to chip in,” Donald Trump Jr. said Monday during an interview on “Fox and Friends.”

Eric Trump chimed in to say those remarks – from the likes of reverend Al Sharpton, Jon Stewart, and Cher – are the “greatest endorsement ever” for their father’s presidential campaign.




I hope sharpton takes Soweto with him to Cape Breton.

shovelhead's picture

Now that's just plain fucking hilarious...

"I'll buy their tickets."


Let's nominate Jr. for Sec. State.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) shovelhead Feb 29, 2016 10:46 PM

Let em vote Billary

who cares.

They are part of the Bush

Clinton/obama destruction team.

Nobody For President's picture

Sure you are de3 - you are voting for me!


August's picture

>>>If Trump's not the nominee I'm not voting.

A worthy sentiment, but I'd suggest that if you have any interest in the US electoral process, you should go to the trouble of voting, and vote for anyone you please EXCEPT a non-Trump Republican nominee.

Telling the Republican Establishment to go fuck themselves may not actually advance human well-being, but it feels good. 

If the R's nominate a non-entity like Rubio, it will be nice to see him rack up a total of ZERO electoral votes.  Fuck off and die, Republicans.

JRobby's picture

Don't see Trump going for that. If that deal is offered at a brokered convention I see Trump on TV telling everyone about it an hour later.

Then he quadruples the security detail or look out.

Deathrips's picture

I remember that time Drumph stood up to the Zionistas....

It was an unbelievable sigh, share with me the memories of this TRIUMPH





JRobby's picture

Is it the chloroform again? Or ether? We want to help you but you are making it difficult.

Deathrips's picture

When you are an addict lashing out at others rather than looking at your responsibility is common, so I understand your statement. You are addicted to statism.

Trump is in massive debt to banks that are in bed with the FED.He is OWNED by the banks.



Reality will welcome you back when you hit rock bottom buddy.


Really havent you had enough Hope....from the black son of central bankers?


booboo's picture

So Trump borrows a shit ton of money and then tells the bank to fuck off? What's not to like. I mean all you gumbies want to screw the banks and Trump pulls it off once a year! Yer a tough crowd.

JRobby's picture

Hey RIPS! nobody's perfect! Of course Trump works with banks. Is he for real? Your guess is as good as mine. Are the banks in a position to totally ruin him financially? Only his lawyers know for sure.

I have not been in the throes of an ether binge in over 6 minutes. I can not believe the unmitigated audacity that is you!

Seriously, 26 months sober but the sarcasm seems to not want to leave me. How about you? Is your halo slipping down? Any mirrors nearby?

Yours Truly

JRobby (Smirk)

JRobby's picture

Who are you to wave your finger?
You must have been outta your head
Eye hole deep in muddy waters
You practically raised the dead

Rob the grave to snow the cradle
Then burn the evidence down
Soapbox house of cards and glass so
Don't go tossin' your stones around

You must have been high

Foot in mouth and head up ass
So whatcha talkin' 'bout?
Difficult to dance 'round this one
'til you pull it out. boy,

You must have been so high


OpenThePodBayDoorHAL's picture

OK so here's how this plays out. Trump's plane "crashes" and they get Mitt at the convention. Hilary has another stroke and they put Biden up. So we get a guy who believes everybody gets their own planet when they die versus the Village Idiot.

Last month Mike Judge said when he made the film "Idiocracy" he did not realize he was shooting a documentary.

turtle's picture

What I don't understand is why on earth does the Republican party allow Trump to run under their banner?

Why not throw him out of the party and force him to run as an independent?

Can anyone explain please?

froze25's picture

If you register as a Republican that is what you are. Party Leadership has no choice in the matter. You want to primary that is your RIGHT has a member. Now the chairman may not support you but that is their issue. Trump is just not what the RINO's at the top want as the pic because they can't control him, that scars them. Trump 2016!

Liberty2012's picture

Trump is a RINO himself.

His candidacy is the resultant backlash of decades of divide and conquer political manipulation.

People are clinging to him because he speaks little bits of truth, made more powerful than they should because of PC repression.

The big picture - larger truths - character - respect - fair play - personal conscience - virtue - are MIA.

Americans used to stand up for all those things.  I hope they do again, and soon!


turtle's picture

Thx froze for the explanation. So he is like an independent (as are they all) calling himself a republican. He chooses to align himself with the party - leveraging off the "republican" brand (whether they like it or not!). This could not happen in my country.

And thx for all the downvotes to an honest question. 

robobbob's picture

GOPe are the ones who INSISTED that Trump sign their loyalty pledge before they would let him play in the game. they never imagined he'ld run the table on them on their home turf. now these backstabbing a**holes are the ones talking about jumping ship.

Liberty2012's picture

Also keep in mind that Trump signed the pledge "careful" - meaning not really?  

Just because one side is rotten doesn't make the other side less so.


11b40's picture

Bingo!  And, Mr. Rubio the boy wonder, has another problem that is probably weighing on his mind.  If Trump blows him out in FL, Rubio's days in National politics may be about over.  He will almost certainly have at least one opponent in the next FL primary, and if he gets the party nomination, its a good bet that a strong Democrat will emerge to challenge him for his Senate seat.  Trump is giving anyone who wants to pick him off plenty of ammo.

FL_Conservative's picture

Rubio was up for Senate re-election this November and elected to forego that effort to chase the Prez nomination.  (There's at least 4 candidates on the GOP side for his Senate seat.)  So, once Trump blows everyone out on Super Tuesday and then takes Florida on 3/15, Rubio's political career will have been fully neutered.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

To paraphrase the pantsuit satan, "What difference does it make" what I think? I'm a conservative in California. Trump will be "chosen" before I see a primary and even then, here in the land of nuts and fruits those who aren't voting for the aforementioned demon are voting for the commie who never held a job until he was 40.

So go on, tell me why what I think matters. That said, fuck you, GOPe. Serves your asses right and I'm laughing my ass off at your discomfort after the betrayal of the conservatives of this country. Fuck you and your crony puppets, you godless mothertruckers.

Whew! Boy, do I feel better or what?!?

GeezerGeek's picture

Perhaps Rubio can follow the lead of Charlie Crist. He can switch parties and run for the Senate as Bill Nelson's successor. Not that it worked for Crist, of course...

KesselRunin12Parsecs's picture
KesselRunin12Parsecs (not verified) SoilMyselfRotten Feb 29, 2016 3:36 PM

"If they had a choice they'd nominate Gumby."


I'M GUMBY Dammit! (but if any of you, homos, call me 'Gumby', I'll kill you)

Implied Violins's picture

Be glad you ain't Pokey. Darn muzzies would be sniffing your ass.

fallout11's picture

The GOP has turned into the Whig party of the mid 1850's......about to be a footnote in history books, having lost all relevance to the average American.