RARE CONSENSUS: None Of The Remaining GOP Candidates Will Support Party’s Eventual Nominee

Well, there’s finally one issue upon which all the remaining GOP candidates agree. The Hill reports:

The presidential primary has been a wrenching experience for the GOP so far — and it’s about to get even worse. Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich have all backed away from their pledge to support the party’s eventual nominee, foreshadowing a fight at the convention and beyond that could cleave the GOP into warring factions.

“This race is kind of at its boiling point,” said Matt Mackowiak, a GOP strategist and contributor to The Hill. “As ugly as it is now, the two losing candidates at the convention are going to feel even worse.” Instead of helping to unify the GOP behind a candidate, as the primary process typically does, the race has instead created deep wounds between the candidates that are unlikely to heal.

The antagonism has been heightened by a particularly vicious stretch of campaigning involving allegations of adultery and pictures of the candidates’ wives. “I believe that we’re beyond the point in the campaign where we feel we can unify. There’s been too much bad blood that’s been created,” said GOP strategist David Payne, who said he would like to see Cruz win the nomination before the convention.

  • Lazycrockett

    You just watch Kasich pull this off.

    • Gustav2

      Ewwwwwww!

      It will be Cruz at the end.

      • PLAINTOM

        You sick bastard, come sit beside me. 😉

      • Lazycrockett

        I don’t know bout that cause Cruz is just as hated by the establishment as Drumpf is. If it goes to the floor it could be anyone that’s in the race.

        • pickypecker

          OPEN CARRY, OPEN CARRY, OPEN CARRY!

          • Christopher

            Oddly enough open carry at the GOP Convention was one thing both Dems and Repubs could agree on! Damn you Secret Service!

  • bkmn

    Nobody could have seen this coming. /s

    • Christopher

      Except, you know, people with eyes. 😉

  • oikos
    • oikos, *that* is fucking awesome!

      • oikos

        Thanks. Just found it today.

    • Rex

      Bears, nice.

      • Steverino

        One of those burly men needs to play “popcorn surprise” with his neighbor.

        • camel54

          Or Eugene Delwhatsit

      • Lumpy Gaga

        And an overdressed twink.

    • pickypecker

      stealing 🙂

    • crewman

      “Collectively we agree that we are all bad candidates and would be unfit as President.”

      • oikos

        Truth is indeed stranger than fiction.

      • coram nobis

        That’s a good observation. Also: “We promise to make trouble for the nominee and maybe the ticket generally.”

        Thank you Cheeses!

        • Sallycramirez3

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      • Gustav2
        • Todd20036

          That looks more like a giant booger emerging from his nose.

    • Snarkaholic

      Is that Shia LeBeouf in the middle of the front row?

    • Henri205

      Wait until gunfire breaks out at the convention. I most certainly DON’T want that to happen but, sadly, it’s a logical outcome with these idiots and their supporters.

      • NMNative

        Which is why the republicans who support the NRA and all open carry laws, won’t allow guns at the republican convention. Hypocrites much?

  • Gustav2

    If there is a walkout of Trump’s supporters can the convention reach a quorum?

  • BobSF_94117

    Speaking of allegations of adultery, where’d that story go?

    • Blake Jordan

      Did anyone really believe that 1 woman (let alone 5) was willing to have an affair with Cruz.

      • BobSF_94117

        There’s no accounting for taste when power is in the mix.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        For free? No.

      • Good Shot Green

        Right? I’ve been with more women than that creep, I’m willing to bet.

    • i’m ready to read more!

    • radiofreerome

      Wouldn’t it be a bigger story if a GOP presidential candidate acted like an ADULT?

    • oikos
      • pickypecker

        My money’s on Cruz.

        • oikos

          Mine too, but Kasuch was in DC then as well.

          • pickypecker

            I wonder if the Brits have started taking bets on this yet?

          • Lazycrockett

            I’m pulling for Bernie.

          • Lumpy Gaga

            “That’s what SHE said!”

          • medaka

            I know. They’re the real 538.

        • Acronym Jim

          It would be hilarious if it were Hillary. Could you imagine Bill’s shock?

    • TrollopeReader

      we only have an 17 hour memory … there’s *always* somethi…. oh, look a puppy! And a kitten too!

  • pickypecker
    • oikos

      and paid for by the M̶e̶x̶i̶c̶a̶n̶s̶ Kochs.

      • pickypecker

        Only THE biggest and best dumpster fires will do!!

        • oikos

          It’ll be yuuuuuuuge!!!!!

          • Henri205

            Because he’s really, really rich.

    • Robincho

      How cool — it’s the Donald J. Dumpster!…

  • Blake Jordan

    The presidency and senate majority are the democrats to lose!!!

    • David L. Caster

      That’s not clear. The Democrats are unprepared for the sudden opportunity GOP disunity has afforded them. Democrats will have to scramble to get candidates that can win into the primaries.

      • fuow

        Yeah, I wouldn’t hold my breath. The fight we just had over whether to nominate someone for a congressional district that’s otherwise just got a rethug running was beyond words disgusting.
        I’m literally sick to my stomach over the spineless cowards in my party.

      • Man_in_the_mists

        If only there had been a powerful Democrat that had a strategy to get viable Democrats to challenge Republican seats in all 50 states.

        It would’ve been a wonderful strategy.

  • james_from_cambridge

    This is all so much bullshit. As soon as they’re facing the democratic nominee, they’ll swallow their pride and get behind their nominee, whoever it may be. And if they’re still holding out, the GOP will buy their cooperation by promising them a cabinet position or in the case of Cruz & Kasich, cash.

    http://www.fuckyourpoliticalcorrectness.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/republican-whores.gif

    • Ben in Oakland

      Now that is a thought I cannot unthink.

    • Princess Lardass

      …and there goes the ‘train’ representing my libido.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      It’s like playing “Sex in the City”, but for Republicans.

      I’m a Jeb.

    • TrollopeReader

      so, are they allowed in the men’s room or the ladies room in North Carolina? I’m sooo confused!

      • james_from_cambridge

        I’m sorry, I didn’t hear your question. I was too mesmerized by Jeb’s phat ass.

      • charemor

        So are they.

    • Ginger Snap

      Backstage in the GOP drag room just before their show, I mean debate.

    • Mark

      Ted is a natural. He actually looks better…..

      • Henri205

        The artist managed to capture those absolutely frightening eyebrows. No wonder his kids hate him.

    • Bruno

      This is what I’ve said all along. But it must be getting VERY difficult for them to swallow Rump right now. His chances of winning the general are becoming so remote, they’re probably starting to think more about what would better serve their running congressional members and what could hold the party together. Rump could rip the party into shreds if he’s allowed as the nominee. On the other hand, they may not have the guts to change the rules to stop him.

  • Acronym Jim

    But…but…what about their OATH? What about party LOOOYALTY?

    Yeah, Priebus didn’t think that one all the way through.

    • TrollopeReader

      And they failed to see the ironic comparison with say, the Communist Party …. odd, that.

  • PLAINTOM

    Support the 2nd Amendment, open carry at the GOP convention.

  • Steverino

    And I thought we left The Three Stooges in the 20th Century.

    • David L. Caster

      Are you kidding? They went on steroids and are more madcap than ever.

      • jmax

        Madcap. I love that word.

  • sherman

    So, some Republicons were liars when they made a pledge.

    NO ONE is surprised. Republicons are defined by selfishness, dishonesty, and hate.

  • Sam_Handwich

    In 2012, Mitt Romney’s delegates to the RNC created a rule saying that only candidates that had won majorities in eight states could be nominated to be President. The transparent purpose of the rule was to prevent Ron Paul from being nominated. The rule is still on the books but it could be changed by the convention’s Rules Committee. Four early appointees to the Rules Committee have already come out in favor of scrapping the rule.

    The obvious reason for scrapping the rule is to deny the nomination to Donald Trump and possibly also to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), both of whom the Republican leadership despises. If Trump falls a little bit short of the 1,237 delegates needed, the party poo-bahs are going to strive mightily to nominate someone else—most likely Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI). However, Ryan hasn’t won eight primaries, so under the current rules he would be ineligible. By scrapping the rule, the convention could nominate any person who meets the constitutional tests for being
    President, obviously including Ryan or, in case of emergency, even Mitt Romney.

    http://www.electoral-vote.com/

    • Gustav2

      Most people don’t know ‘the rules’ are changed at every convention.

      • TrollopeReader

        yep, and on the most controversial bills in the Congress and state legislatures, they “suspend” the rules, or rewrite the rules for that bill all the time … how often did they enforce the “72 hours to read and discuss” on major bills in the House?

    • Ben in Oakland

      I’ve been saying for a couple of months that Romney was waiting in the wings, and would be the choice of a brokered convention– Kasich also being a possibility. My friends all said I was nuts.

      • David L. Caster

        Your friends forgot that the GOP is nuts.

      • Todd20036

        Can’t both be true?

        • Ben in Oakland

          Absolutely.

      • Rmoney… hee. that would be fun. if there’s anything better for any candidate than running against a nutjob, it’s running against a proven looser minority religion nutjob with no ear for well, anything. that people already try hard daily to forget.

        if this were a club and we were talking about a sad, yesterday’s ‘glory’ hunting trick trying to get back in the cool group, it would be the same thing.

      • Mark

        Agree. Romney didn’t dust off his presidential shoes just to play referee. The GOP was testing the water…..

        • 2karmanot

          Rmoney’s elevator only goes down.

    • TrollopeReader

      Rules? who cares about stinkin’ rules?

      • David L. Caster

        It’s the GOP. They are all about changing and making up the rules as suits the immediate need.

    • Todd20036

      Im starting to thing the GOP is willing to destroy their own party in order to save it:

      1) pick a nominee who was not elected

      2) lose the WH in November

      3) Lose Congress and admit that the gerrymandering in the GOTP’s favor will end

      4) Restart the GOP without the teabaggers – including a presidential plank that takes out all social provisions like gay marriage or abortion

      5) Regain some influence in Congress as many of the old school GOPers who ran away come back and form what the GOP should have been, a conservative but thinking party that really wants smaller government.

      6) Accept the fact that the GOTP will prevent a GOP president for some time.

      7) DON’T LET THE TEA BAGGERS BACK IN!!!!

      Put another way, the GOP elites may be playing a very long game in order to undo the damage they did to themselves.

      • Barring something truly cataclysmic happening (I don’t even want to think about it) they are going to lose in November and probably lose in a landslide probably losing the Senate and big losses in the House as well. (Democrats taking over the House would be difficult and I’m not going out on a limp and predicting that.)

        I don’t doubt that #4 is what the leadership would like to do but they can’t get anywhere near a majority without social conservatives. So with or without them inside the party they are stuck with #6. Now they might be thinking of a long range party where they build up a base of libertarian-leaning conservatives, but I don’t see any evidence of the leadership of either party thinking long term.

        • Todd20036

          Yeah, I might be giving the GOP way too much credit here. The GOP wants to win, it’s why the GOP morphed into the GOTP in the first place, but the GOP overestimated their own influence on this new version of the republicans so badly, they realized that this metamorphosis was a direct result of decades of planks and policies that went back to Reagan.

          The GOP of Reagan (of whom I’m no fan) doesn’t exist even as a microcosm of today’s GOTP.

          • TrollopeReader

            there are hardly any “moderates” remaining. they’ve been primaried out of the party (and called spineless RINO squishes) …they were the ones that made things happen in the Reagan and Bush I years — consensus, compromise, etc. back then, on even major issues, there was little difference between the parties …. most nominees went through the Senate close to unanimously (except Bork and Thomas and Sen. Tower) … politics stopped at the nation’s borders, rather than having PMs from other nations rally against our president.

            Yep, there were awful folks, in power due to their seniority (Helms for example) … Ted Kennedy could verbally destroy someone on the senate floor, but work with that same person behind the scenes an hour later to make that bill actually work. Rs and Ds would share drinks and dinner …. now that is impossible.

            Of course, the media was more probing and less lap-dog then, too. *sigh*

          • Ninja0980

            Indeed..Richard Hanna was one of the last moderate Republicans standing (supports abortion and same sex marriage) and he is finally throwing in the towel and retiring.

          • There’s always a lot of behind the scenes stuff that we don’t know so you may be right, but I really do think you are giving them way too much credit. I remember Steve Kornacki talking about being a former staffer for someone. He said that the public imagines the Washington in House of Cards, but that’s really not how things work. He says it’s more like Veep. You start your day planning to roll out a food bill and there’s a natural disaster or some video of your opponent doing something or a gazillion other things that derail your day by about 8:30 am and it spins out of control from there. Politicians are mostly playing damage control rather than chess.

      • David L. Caster

        8) Don’t let the christofascists back in.

      • Gindy51

        I wish you were correct, but most of them have no idea how to play the long game. their corporate mentality proves it. They are in it for the short haul and that’s about it.

    • IamM

      Ryan keeps being given positions that other Republicans fail at.

      Somehow he’s been designated acceptable to their establishment and the tea freaks. 🤔

    • coram nobis

      Assuming that the convention isn’t completely disrupted by Trumpisti Blackshirts, keep a close eye on the Rules and Credentials committees when the convention convenes. It could be yuugely interesting.

    • TuuxKabin

      See, that’s why I support your campaign. You know the rules, by-laws and loopy loop holes.

  • Pledge! it’s furniture polish, not a meaningful statement from a would-be President. i thought we all knew that.

  • Rex

    We all know that words uttered by these candidates, and especially promises, are meaningless.

    • oikos

      More librul media bias. 😉

  • Todd Allis

    So I see they’re going for a Game of Thrones ending. Good to know.

    • we’re betting on The Red Convention, here in Cleveland. sadly.

  • David L. Caster

    Good. None of them are worth the powder to blow their noses. The whole GOP stinks and hasn’t learned a thing from a series of disasters that it brought upon itself. And that’s ignoring the absolutely abysmal track record of governing it has logged. The whole thing needs to dissolve.

  • Ben in Oakland

    Good news! And is anyone surprised at all?

  • Princess Lardass

    dumpster fires and popcorn-eating contests

    It’ll be like this way past November…

    • Hue-Man

      SCOTUS better clear its schedule for late January through April, 2017. The Drumpf lawsuits are going to be yuuuuuuuuge.

  • PLAINTOM

    It needs to be repeated constantly that Trump’s positions are GOP mainstream ideas . Read the damn GOP platform and understand what it actually endorses.

    • oikos

      On Rachel Maddow’s show last night in interviews with Bernie and Hillary both pointed that out. These are mainstream GOP ideas and trump is just saying them more loudly.

      • PLAINTOM

        This fact has to be repeated over and over so independent voters realize how radical the GOP has become.

        • oikos

          As my husband pointed out, the other candidates will let drumpf say these things so they don’t have to but they would enact the same policies if they were elected.

      • AW

        As I have read often on another blog, Trump just replaced the GOP dogwhistle with a bullhorn.

        • TrollopeReader

          or a tornado siren ….

          • Snarkaholic

            I thought that was the shriek of Eu-queen D., while being penetrated.

    • Ninja0980

      Exactly, the only reason Republicans are angry with Trump is the fact he doesn’t bother to use the dog whistles when describing women, blacks etc.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    “Excellent.”

    — alternate Universe non-evil Mr. Burns

  • Rex

    How about that, I don’t plan on supporting the eventual Republican nominee either!

    • MrSkippy

      Finally, something we can agree with the GOP on!

    • Hue-Man

      I feel dirty – I agree with TeaPublicans about something!

  • Prion

    • John P.

      I think it should be more like a toilet!

      • Princess Lardass

        Cesspool works just as well.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Content downvote. Two parties are running candidates.

    • BobSF_94117

      It’s typical GOP propaganda to attack politics in general. The cartoonist is just helping them.

    • NancyP

      WAYYYYY filthier than the storm drain effluent. The excreta from toilets goes in a separate stream in many cities.

  • Michael Smith

    “like to see Cruz win the nomination before the convention.”

    Cruz needs like eighty five percent of the remaining delegates to win without a contested convention. Good luck with that.

    • Rex

      I’d like to see Cruz barf up a dildo, that’s not going to happen either.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        He’d do anything to win New Jersey.

      • TrollopeReader

        i dunno …. couldn’t happen to a better man, though!

        • Lumpy Gaga

          Visualize his back arching like a cat with a hairball as he brings it forth.

          • TrollopeReader

            I try not to visualize *anything* about that vile being!!

  • Prion

    ..,

  • JT
  • Ernest Endevor

    Tragic.

  • Sam_Handwich

    o/t

    JUST IN: Connecticut Gov Malloy bans govt travel to North Carolina

  • Roy Biv

    THIS IS SO MUCH FUN!

  • Rex

    I couldn’t help but think “Three Stooges” when I saw the pic with this post.

    • Todd20036

      They were way too intelligent, and actually quite accepting of others who were different.

  • IamM

    Yet still none of them would say, “I won’t support Trump if he gets the nomination.”

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Yup. Non-denial denial. They’ll all be in line.

  • kanehau

    Boom!

    • Rebecca Gardner

      ^^^THIS^^^ made my day.

  • This is odd though. None of them have minded lying on a whole range of topics. This is the one where they think a statement (even one they’ve already made in the past) will come back to haunt them?

    • get ready for all variations of “i didn’t leave the Party, it left me” excuses.

      • It did leave them. About 35 years ago. They have been in denial all this time.

  • MikeBx2

    When the GOP candidates don’t support the GOP candidates, what else needs to be said?

  • ryan charisma

    that’s OK, I wouldn’t support any of them either.

  • Tony Prost

    The real question is: Who does Trump hate worse? Ted Cruz or Hillary Clinton. I am betting it ain’t Hillary.

  • Alan43

    Amazing, it just keeps getting worse…

  • Brian in Valdosta

    Kasich won’t because he’s the only one with half a brain, and well … look at his options. I almost feel sorry for him.

    Trump won’t because ego.

    Cruz won’t because insane zealots only see their imaginary friends in front of them.

  • DaveMiller135

    I mean, it’s nice that they all agree on something.

  • Ninja0980

    I’m out of popcorn.. what else is there to eat?

    • Nachos? French fries smothered in chili with melted cheese? Cheese and crackers and wine? Beer and burgers? Saki and sushi? Corn bread and beans? Hmm, none of those quite have the same snack-a-bility of popcorn…. CHIPS! That’s what you could have! Chips and dip! whew!

    • Reality.Bites

      For a show of such duration anything but raw veggies with NO dip will prove fatal or at least make you pack on 50-100 pounds.

  • disQusTed

    Three faces of skeeve.

    • coram nobis

      And today’s nominee for best cinema metaphor …

  • Rebecca Gardner

    This just gets more entertaining with each passing day. I don’t think I can eat this much popcorn.

    • Gustav2

      Then here, have a piece of pecan pie!

      • Rebecca Gardner

        I love pecan pie! mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

        • Gustav2

          Just had one!

  • Gene Perry

    Prediction: Brokered convention … the establish slips Gov. K. in as nominee, Cruz whines (but nobody cares/notices), Trump bolts and runs 3rd party. Hillary next Prez. Any wagers?

    • Lazycrockett

      Trump may just say “fuck it” and go back to being non dangerous annoying.

    • Bruno

      I wonder if they can even get to a brokered. Poll today shows Trump ahead in New York by 36!

    • clay

      Brokered convention? who’d be the broker?

    • Reality.Bites

      After the convention is far too late to get on the ballot.

  • Jeffg166

    Someone’s description of Ted Cruz: “He looks like he was grown from fetal pig tissue in a cowboy boot.”

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    GOP – out of ideas and out of their minds.
    Vote BLUE!

  • TexasBoy

    Delicious…the GOP is showing how they live up to their promises before the election.

  • MBear

    Such a healthy attitude for a potential president!

  • Claude Jacques Bonhomme
  • TrollopeReader

    GOP has a contested convention website now …. hah!

    ConventionFacts.gop

  • JR

    I never thought I’d see the day, but I actually have something in common with the Republican candidates. I won’t be supporting the eventual GOP nominee either.

  • JCF
  • Gianni

    Them and their silly-ass pledges. So much for that one.

  • TheSpinMonkey

    What a hot mess!!!

  • Sallycramirez3

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