The last Republican debate was a subdued affair, with none of the yelling and low blows of the earlier debates. This reportedly came at the direction of Republican officials, who told the candidates that they needed to start thinking about the general election and to assure the public that they would all rally behind whoever gets the nomination, which looks like it is going to be Donald Trump.
Before the debate, Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee chair, said as much to the crowd.
It sounds like the Republican establishment has reconciled itself to a Trump victory. Will they try to co-opt him? Or is Trump, for all of his fiery rhetoric, basically the kind of candidate the Republican establishment always wants: another moderate, big-government Republican with liberal social values and ties to big business?
I mean, talk about a country club Republican. Donald Trump builds country clubs! [Read more…]