Doug Ross @ Journal

Context: as has been expertly documented by The Last Refuge, the Republican establishment long ago designed and began implementing a convoluted strategy to nominate Jeb Bush and defeatTed Cruz.

The GOP establishment (which the Refuge dubs “GOPe”) devised a wide-ranging set of tactics to achieve that goal:

  1. Hidden within the massive CRomnibus bill to fund the government were obscure federal election law changesthat allowed unlimited SuperPAC (large political action committees unaffiliated with specific candidates) contributions.
  2. They funded SuperPACs in order to incentivize the desired candidate behavior
  3. They changed the nomination rules of the 2016 primary (e.g., “winner take all delegates”) to allow an unpopular candidate like Jeb to secure the nomination with only 20% (one-fifth!) of the delegates
  4. They altered the calendar dates of primaries to advantage a weak, establishment candidate (Bush) that had little, if any, grassroots support

All of these tactics were designed to support what the Refuge calls the “Splitter Strategy“: a plan to dilute the GOP field with as many candidates as possible in order to erode the support of a popular, grassroots candidate.

For instance, Cruz vs. Bush was projected to be an utter rout in Florida, with internal polling showing that Cruz would crush Bush. But what would happen if the GOPe added Carly Fiorina, John Kasich, Chris Christie, Rand Paul, Scott Walker, and Marco Rubio to the mix?

With “splitters” fracturing the support of his biggest challenger, Bush might actually secure a bit more than a fifth of the vote. And — amazingly — that would be enough to dilute support for Ted Cruz sufficiently to win the state’s delegates.

It’s worth noting that Bush didn’t win by gaining support, but by employing “splitters” to fragment Ted Cruz’s support.

Note: the “Splitter Strategy” is not conjecture; the entire GOPe strategy has been copiously documented and exposed by The Last Refuge.

So who is funding the GOPe? While some point to Wall Street, I believe other forces are primarily responsible. Wall Street funds both Democrats and Republicans. They don’t care which party wins. After the 2008 financial crisis, for instance, did a single bankster see a courtroom? No, Barack Obama and Eric Holder were as beholden to Goldman Sachs as any Republican.

My belief is that the central banker for the GOPe is the Chamber of Commerce. While it threatens Republicans and sporadically funds Democrats, the Chamber knows that Democrats have moved sufficiently left that they are indistinguishable from European Socialists. And even they know that socialism is not good for business.

But the Chamber does need cheap labor. Which is where open borders and amnesty enter the equation.

The American people have embraced Donald Trump, in part, because the naked abuse of American sovereignty through open borders, chain migration, and administration endorsement of illegal immigration has resulted in a tidal wave of crime that is now too large to be ignored.

Willingness to Secure the Border as a Proxy for Dependence on the GOP Establishment

Given the GOPE and Chamber’s fervor for open borders, I suggest that we all do a gut-level candidate check: how likely is it that each of the GOP candidates would actually secure the border?

My ratings are as follows:

  1. 100% Trump: his entire reputation has been staked on this tenet; failure to follow through would be an utter disaster for his reputation
  2. 100% Cruz: unlike the rest of the field, Cruz has been unwavering in his opposition to amnesty and illegal immigration
  3. 20% Huckabee: while his track record as governor is not encouraging, Huckabee has been a consistent and vocal opponent of illegal immigration
  4. 5% Carson: while I don’t think Ben Carson is necessarily beholden to the GOPe, his positions on immigration are quite inconsistent and confusing.
  5. 0% Bush: the third Bush is a lost soul when it comes to illegal immigration; he’s a Chamber man, plain and simple
  6. 0% Fiorina: a two-time failure as a CEO (her stints at Lucent and HP were utter and complete disasters); she was also a massive loser as a Senate candidate in Cali. Fiorina is an establishment candidate who openly supports Amnesty for illegals
  7. 0% Walker: his record as governor is outstanding; his secret dealings on amnesty make it obvious that he is a tool of the GOPe
  8. 0% Rubio: his wavering positions on amnesty notwithstanding, as recently as last month Rubio asserted support for amnesty prior to a border closure initiative
  9. 0% Christie: in-state tuition for illegals says it all; Christie has a long track record of tacitly endorsing illegal immigration
  10. 0% Paul: a supporter of Mitch McConnell in 2014, Paul has transformed himself from a libertarian rebel to an establishment toadie. His record on amnesty is emblematic of his apparent ties to the Chamber
  11. 0% Kasich: John Kasich is a vocal supporter of amnesty and open borders
  12. 0% Graham: Lindsey Graham? Who?

To reiterate: my proxy for conservatism is now as simple as a candidate’s willingness to seal the border.

I encourage you to do the same thought experiment I engaged in. If you had to bet $1,000 on one candidate who would actually seal the border, on which person would you place your wager?

Hat tip: BadBlue Real-Time News.


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3 thoughts on “SMASHING THE GOP ESTABLISHMENT: Trump, Bush, Cruz And Me

  1. I honestly believe that Ted Cruz WILL seal our borders. He has been very consistent in this. He believes in LEGAL immigration.
    Ted Cruz is a strong believer in our Constitution. In fact has had it memorized since high school. No one who honestly believes in our Constitution can be for illegals!

  2. I am involved with the GOP.I absolutely verify exactly what you and others have exposed and I truly hope and pray the American people will see,listen and understand that no less than 10 candidates have been inserted into this presidential run by the,RNC / GOP in an attempt to split the : the evangelicals votes by using Carson/Huckabee, the moderate votes with Bush/Paul/Christy/Santorum, The hispanic and Cuban votes with Rubio/Bush, the women votes by using Carly Fiornia.The African American votes by Carson. L. Graham -Perry- Jindal will drop from lack of funding and grassroots. Trump coming along with his one liner shoe stopper threw a wrench in the works and plot by the GOP to guarantee Jeb Bush the win by these establishment bought and paid for candidates. It was absolutely done to stop Ted Cruz at all cost because the RNC/GOP can not bye Ted Cruz. He has exposed there Corporate Mob Cartel actions. They fear him because he will break up the establishment criminal ways. The truth is the GOP/RNC will not ever grant nominee status to Trump , Wall Street is very much involved against this, Corporate America is against it, Washington is against it. So in order to literally beat the pants off the RNC/Gop and stop there hidious plan to stick us with Bush a Hillary Clinton double and stick it to the United States with allowing Amnesty to be made klegal as well Jeb will continue to flood us with Islam, America has with great strength great voter support must back Ted Cruz he’s the only Candidate that’s going to stop this insanity and literally save this nation. That’s as clear as it gets people. We either back fully with strong support Ted Cruz or we will lose to Hillary Clinton and we can kiss this nation good bye.

  3. Cruz,Jindal, Paul, and Trump will seal the border, but I agree that the Donald has made it his signature issue. That said, we need a small government, constitution protecting president to fix so much of what is wrong, and Cruz, Paul, and Jindal all have those instincts.

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