Donald Trump has a unique opportunity in the next 5 weeks to further shake up the GOP race, and to increase his support among the GOP base.
Trump’s been busy attacking everyone and anything. That’s politics. As one wag put it over 100 years ago, “politics ain’t beanbag.” And his attacks are having some success. After first vowing to ignore “Mr. Trump,” Jeb Bush has suddenly felt the need to respond, and to launch his own offensive, decrying Trump as “not a real conservative.”
But unfocused attacks aren’t necessarily a good thing. Trump couldn’t resist the impulse last night to take yet another whack at Megyn Kelly. While that will play well to those who already support him, it’s not likely to gain him any new fans.
Instead, Trump would be far better off to temporarily suspend attacks against the other candidates, and instead direct his considerable firepower against the the two Republicans most reviled and despised by the GOP base: [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ ] and [mc_name name=’Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000355′ ].
The timeline works especially well for this new offensive.
1. The next GOP debate is Sept. 16th.
2. McConnell and Boehner have already failed in one effort to defund Planned Parenthood, despite their endless statements that they’re gonna do so.
3. Boehner and McConnell are desperate to avoid a government shutdown Sept 30th. Most conservatives in Congress will not vote for a CR that includes any funding for PP.
4. Trump has already publicly gone on record saying he would support a shutdown to defund PP.
5. Every poll has shown that defunding PP, by any possible means, enjoys near 100% support among Republicans.
In other words, all the pieces are in place for a decisive battle. Trump can lead it, and he should rush to do so.
A simple statement gets the ball rolling. Something like this:
“What we have seen in the Planned Parenthood videos is abhorrent, disgusting. There is no way that Americans should be forced to support this via their tax dollars one day longer than necessary. Funding ends on Sept 30th, and if necessary, if the Democrats are not willing to remove funding from the CR, then I fully support shutting down the government. This is where we make our stand. Stopping Planed Parenthood will save thousands of innocent lives every day, including the lives of thousands of black babies. Because, yes, my friends, the lives of ALL unborn babies matter to us.”
“There is overwhelming support in the Republican controlled Congress for doing this, yet the leadership, [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ ] and [mc_name name=’Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000355′ ], are COWARDS. They are afraid to act, because they’re worried that they’ll get blamed for a shutdown. They are STUPID!!”
“I am today calling, no…. demanding that they do the right thing, and if they aren’t willing to do so, then I am calling on conservatives in Congress to immediately replace them.”
And then, Donald, though this will no doubt be very hard for you to do, just sit back, smile, be quiet, and relax for a few days, and WATCH WHAT HAPPENS.