#NeverTrumpers can agree with the man they want to replace as Republican nominee.
When The Donald is right, he’s right. And in this strange campaign year, we #NeverTrumpers – loony though we are referred to by his loyal Trump Trolls – find common ground today with Trump. But will he seek to take advantage of the opportunity?
Why start now?
Meanwhile, and NBC poll shows that three Republicans – Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and John Kasich fair better against Clinton than does Trump. Linked from Allahpundit at HotAir:
Kasich fares better than Romney or Ryan because he wins more Democrats and more independents — although Romney and Ryan also win indies against Clinton with 52 percent each. As for Trump, he trails 48/43, a few points better than last week (possibly due to his speech on protectionism?) but still weaker than the other three Republican candidates. On the other hand, Kasich’s the only one of the three who seems considerably stronger than Trump despite Trump’s many missteps over the past month, and it’d be bizarre to depose Trump in Cleveland for a guy whom he thrashed in state after state in the primaries. If you replaced Trump with Romney or Ryan, you could at least argue that we don’t know for sure that Republican primary voters would have preferred Trump to them. With Kasich, there’s no doubt
It wouldn’t be accurate to not pass along Allahpundit’s skeptical caution here either:
Is it worth analyzing polls that are now destined to change after what Jim Comey said this morning? Probably not. But screw it. Let’s do it anyway!
Does anyone believe these numbers? Specifically, does anyone believe that these are the numbers we’d see if Trump were unceremoniously dumped in Cleveland and Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, or John Kasich was nominated instead? NBC asked people who they’d vote for in a match-up between each of them and Hillary Clinton but I think most probably interpreted the question as who they’d vote for in a match-up between each of them and Hillary if each had won the Republican primary fair and square. The fact that the numbers for these alternative nominees are as high as they are even in that scenario is noteworthy because it suggests that there aren’t as many hardcore Trump fans as you might think who would have boycotted the general election had Trump lost. But the fact remains that that’s not the world we’re in now.
This the week Trump wins or loses the election. He can rally many of the voters available to him whom he has alienated or he can continue his bullying tactics. Trump has never not chosen the later. The next 48 hour news cycle – or in Trump’s case, Twitter cycle – will reveal much about Trump’s campaign.