#1 Money Pours In as Move to Stop Donald Trump Expands by ThirstyMan 07.03.2016 02:32

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Republicans hoping to halt Donald J. Trump’s march to their party’s presidential nomination emerged from the weekend’s voting contests newly emboldened by Mr. Trump’s uneven electoral performance and by some nascent signs that he may be peaking with voters.

Outside groups are moving to deploy more than $10 million in new attack ads across Florida and millions more in Illinois, casting Mr. Trump as a liberal, a huckster and a draft dodger. Mr. Trump’s reed-thin organization appears to be catching up with him, suggesting he could be at a disadvantage if he is forced into a protracted slog for delegates.

And vote tallies on Saturday made clear that Mr. Trump has had at least some trouble building upon his intensely loyal following, leaving him increasingly dependent upon landslides in early voting.

In Louisiana, where Mr. Trump amassed a lead of more than 20 percentage points among those who cast votes before Saturday, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas effectively tied him among voters who cast their ballots on Saturday.

Trump has to worry about the consistent late-voter rejection of his candidacy,” said Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker and Republican presidential candidate.

Mr. Trump’s losses to Mr. Cruz in Kansas and Maine on Saturday, coupled with closer-than-expected victories in Louisiana and Kentucky, have heightened the prospects for a two-man race, though many Republican leaders eye Mr. Cruz warily.

As his rivals have despaired over the race’s vulgar turn, Mr. Trump struck a subdued tone, by his standards, as returns came in late Saturday night. He aborted his first attempt to take the stage and left the room after asking reporters if the race in Kentucky had been called.

When he finally did speak, some of his usual bombast was missing, even as he insisted that it was time for Senator Marco Rubio to quit the race and that Mr. Cruz cannot win more moderate northeastern or coastal states.

“Donald Trump was uncharacteristically low energy,” Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee in 2012, said in an interview Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” taunting Mr. Trump with the insult Mr. Trump had employed against Jeb Bush. Yet despite the renewed optimism of his opponents, the path to deny Mr. Trump the nomination remains narrow and arduous.

Mr. Cruz’s emergence as the most credible alternative to Mr. Trump has proved both a boost and a complication for those seeking to derail the New Yorker. Mr. Cruz has tried to undercut calls for a contested convention to deny Mr. Trump the nomination, which Mr. Cruz says would yield a “manifest revolt” among voters. But Mr. Cruz has done little so far to threaten Mr. Trump’s lead in the delegate race.

Much of Mr. Cruz’s late-breaking support on Saturday seemed to come at the expense of Mr. Rubio, not Mr. Trump. And the Cruz campaign’s message of ideological purity and religious faith is a less natural fit for many of the delegate-rich Midwestern and coastal states that remain on the map.

“Saturday proved that Trump can be contained and even beaten,” said Scott Jennings, a longtime Republican strategist, who looked ahead to this summer’s Republican convention in Cleveland. “The question is whether the field is going to allow for it moving forward. The most likely scenarios remain that Trump gets enough before Cleveland, or nobody does. The latter moved a little closer to realistic Saturday.”

Mr. Rubio’s path is much less certain, despite his lopsided victory in Puerto Rico on Sunday. Even his supporters said that the results on Saturday seriously undercut the premise of his bid: that he is the only candidate who can unify the Republican Party and defeat Mr. Trump.

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The Stop Trump forces are beginning to pour money into television ads, with a particular focus on the big states voting on March 15. Four different groups have reserved at least $10 million in airtime in Florida so far, according to trackers of media spending. That number is expected to grow, but television stations in Florida are already awash in such ads.

Two from the American Future Fund, which has spent $2 million so far in Florida and Illinois, show decorated veterans assailing Mr. Trump as a poseur on military matters. Michael Waltz, a retired Special Forces colonel, blisteringly calls Mr. Trump a draft dodger and, effectively, a coward. “Donald Trump hasn’t served this country a day in his life,” he says. “Don’t let Trump fool you.”

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The deluge of negative messages from a patchwork of groups — highlighting claims by angry customers of Mr. Trump’s defunct educational company and his history of shape-shifting positions — already appears to have hurt Mr. Trump’s cause.

In conversations with some of his allies, who insisted on anonymity to relay those private talks, Trump campaign aides have expressed concern about the money being spent against him on television. The Trump campaign has no pollster, so it is governed by public polling and what the candidate himself observes while watching cable news.

This off-the-cuff approach, and a string of self-inflicted wounds — refusing to clearly and immediately reject the support of the white supremacist David Duke, boasting about his sexual endowment on the debate stage and withdrawing from the Conservative Political Action Committee’s conference over the weekend — have fueled days of unfavorable coverage of Mr. Trump’s candidacy.

Trump has total disdain for the professional political class,” said Scott Reed, a veteran Republican strategist. “He thinks they’re all about making money. Pollsters are hacks. Organization doesn’t matter. Their idea of a political organization is taking phone calls from some elected officials who wanted to endorse and making it work in the schedule. And that’ll catch up with you eventually.”

Still, members of the Republican establishment have been left to grapple with what was once unthinkable: rallying around Mr. Cruz, a senator who built his reputation bashing them.

“Some hope with Ted, no hope with Donald,” Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said on “Meet the Press,” summarizing the party’s dim view of its remaining options. Neither, he suggested, would be likely to expand the Republican tent: “We’re in a demographic death spiral.”

Less than two weeks ago, Mr. Graham joked about murdering Mr. Cruz on the Senate floor.

And yet, Mr. Graham said, he received a phone call from Mr. Cruz after Super Tuesday — part of efforts by the Cruz campaign to reach out, discreetly, to donors and party officials who might be interested in rallying around him.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/07/us/pol...&pgtype=article

#2 RE: Money Pours In as Move to Stop Donald Trump Expands by algernonpj 07.03.2016 11:07

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Here's hoping they will spend the money as efficiently as Jeb spent his


Just imagine the size of the gravy train the establishment has set up for themselves at the expense of the working class, that they are willing to spend what they are spending to defeat T rump !

#3 RE: Money Pours In as Move to Stop Donald Trump Expands by Cincinnatus 07.03.2016 12:46

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I have been around for more than a few years and have never witnessed the kind of negative campaign currently being mounted against Trump. What makes it even more astounding is that it isn't the customary sleaze merchants, the Democrats, doing it, but his own Party.

In 2012 a Republican victory over Obama seemed a lock. But then we got Romney. In 2016, a Republican victory over any Democrat, especially Hillary, looked certain. Now the GOP appears it might commit suicide.

Weird times.

#4 RE: Money Pours In as Move to Stop Donald Trump Expands by ThirstyMan 08.03.2016 07:27

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Quote: Cincinnatus wrote in post #3
I have been around for more than a few years and have never witnessed the kind of negative campaign currently being mounted against Trump. What makes it even more astounding is that it isn't the customary sleaze merchants, the Democrats, doing it, but his own Party.

In 2012 a Republican victory over Obama seemed a lock. But then we got Romney. In 2016, a Republican victory over any Democrat, especially Hillary, looked certain. Now the GOP appears it might commit suicide.

Weird times.


Well stated Cincinnatus!

The ability of the GOPe to shoot itself in the head! not just the foot, is astounding!!!

And yesterday Republican Bloomberg decided not to run because it would help Trump or Cruz. Duh!!! it's a strange world.

#5 RE: Money Pours In as Move to Stop Donald Trump Expands by PzLdr 08.03.2016 15:04

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Quote: ThirstyMan wrote in post #4
Quote: Cincinnatus wrote in post #3
I have been around for more than a few years and have never witnessed the kind of negative campaign currently being mounted against Trump. What makes it even more astounding is that it isn't the customary sleaze merchants, the Democrats, doing it, but his own Party.

In 2012 a Republican victory over Obama seemed a lock. But then we got Romney. In 2016, a Republican victory over any Democrat, especially Hillary, looked certain. Now the GOP appears it might commit suicide.

Weird times.


Well stated Cincinnatus!

The ability of the GOPe to shoot itself in the head! not just the foot, is astounding!!!

And yesterday Republican Bloomberg decided not to run because it would help Trump or Cruz. Duh!!! it's a strange world.


But you gotta admire the GOP. Few entities shoot themselves in the head with a 40 mm cannon.

#6 RE: Money Pours In as Move to Stop Donald Trump Expands by algernonpj 08.03.2016 19:44

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Buchanan's take.

The oligarchs' super-PAC anti-Trump savagery
Pat Buchanan: 'Not in memory has the leadership of a party been so out of touch'
2016.03.07

"Fully 116 members of the GOP’s national security community, many of them veterans of Bush administrations, have signed an open letter threatening that, if Trump is nominated, they will all desert, and some will defect – to Hillary Clinton!

“Hillary is the lesser evil, by a large margin,” says Eliot Cohen of the Bush II State Department. According to Politico’s Michael Crowley, Cohen helped line up neocons to sign the “Dump-Trump” manifesto."


Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/03/the-oligarchs...tB2EvWxPDjAZ.99

#7 RE: Money Pours In as Move to Stop Donald Trump Expands by algernonpj 08.03.2016 20:07

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Buchanan's take.

The oligarchs' super-PAC anti-Trump savagery
Pat Buchanan: 'Not in memory has the leadership of a party been so out of touch'
2016.03.07

"Fully 116 members of the GOP’s national security community, many of them veterans of Bush administrations, have signed an open letter threatening that, if Trump is nominated, they will all desert, and some will defect – to Hillary Clinton!

“Hillary is the lesser evil, by a large margin,” says Eliot Cohen of the Bush II State Department. According to Politico’s Michael Crowley, Cohen helped line up neocons to sign the “Dump-Trump” manifesto."


Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/03/the-oligarchs...tB2EvWxPDjAZ.99

#8 RE: Money Pours In as Move to Stop Donald Trump Expands by algernonpj 08.03.2016 20:12

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and

Apple CEO Tim Cook attends secret meeting with tech and government elite to plot end to Trump presidential run

By Mikey Campbell
Monday, March 07, 2016, 05:55 pm PT (08:55 pm ET)

Technology industry leaders including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google co-founder Larry Page and Tesla and SpaceX chief Elon Musk met with top GOP representatives at the secretive American Enterprise Institute's annual World Forum this past weekend to discuss how to halt Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, a report said Monday.

According to sources familiar with the meeting, elite U.S. figures representing a swath of corporate, private and political interests attended the conference hosted at the Sea Island resort off the coast of Georgia, an event closed to the public and media, The Huffington Post reports. While other issues were discussed, the main talking point was Trump's bid for the White House.

The supposed guest list reads as a who's who of tech and government. Along with Cook, Page, Musk and Napster creator Sean Parker, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was reportedly on site with House Speaker Paul Ryan, a gaggle of Republican senators and at least one democrat in Maryland Rep. John Delaney. Prominent policy analyst Karl Rove, Deputy Chief of Staff under President George W. Bush, was also present.

The private sector was represented by billionaire Philip Anschutz and The New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, among others.

"A specter was haunting the World Forum—the specter of Donald Trump," political commentator Bill Kristol wrote in an email from the conference, referencing Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto. "There was much unhappiness about his emergence, a good deal of talk, some of it insightful and thoughtful, about why he's done so well, and many expressions of hope that he would be defeated."

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http://appleinsider.com/articles/16/03/0...run-report-says

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