Rove Defects to #EventuallyTrump

April 14, 2016 11:18 a.m.

Politico has an article today suggesting that Karl Rove – despite being or having been a hardcore anti-Trumpite – is warming to a Trump candidacy. That’s not precisely what it says, when you read down into the piece. Or at least there’s a good deal of hedging involved. What it seems to amount to is that the big SuperPac which Rove founded and remains the moving force of – Crossroads USA – is now telling donors that if Trump is nominee he can actually win so there’s still plenty we can do with your money.

That sounds a bit arch. But that seems to be the gist of it – a mix of some wishful thinking, a desire to keep the money flowing regardless and perhaps the biggest factor a desire to protect endangered Republican senators even if – or especially if – Trump is going down to a historic defeat.

So, I think it’s quite right, as the folks at Crossroads are insisting, that they’re just looking at the possible realities they may face and trying to devise the best approaches to defeat Hillary Clinton. But this tells me yet again that the kind of insistent and manic anti-Trump wall hyped by a lot of high-profile TV Republicans is not going to be as strong as they claim or want to believe.

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