Who is the GOP establishment?

You hear a lot of talk about the GOP establishment delegates and how they plan to steal the nomination from frontrunner, Donald Trump and maybe even Ted Cruz too. But who exactly are they?

It’s a political jungle so I will describe some of the fowl as metaphors. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental.

#1) The Backyard, Short-Winged, Sparrow-Darters.

These are folks who owe their position to the higher party leaders. They do what they are told and in return get to hold onto their positions. Some are respectable County Chairman. They invariably end up as delegates to the National Convention. They don’t make any money out of the arrangement but occasionally get a deal tossed their way from big donors. They get all the booze they want at the Convention.

Surprisingly some support Trump, some Cruz but most will do what the party bosses say.

#2) The Lofty, Thin-Crested, Priebus.

These are the big party bosses who shoulder the burden of raising serious money for the GOP, some from companies that benefit by the arrangement. Nowadays they are so busy trying to get the party re-elected to Congress that they depend on the Sununu’s listed below.

#3) The Goldman-Sachs-Beaked-Osprey.

These are big donors who pay $10,000 for a picture with a political star that everybody else gets free of charge. I once wanted to give money to a presidential candidate who was a close friend. His campaign manager scoffed, ”Don’t do it,” he said, “He will think less of you for it.”

Most of them want an outside candidate who needs their money.

#4) The Drop-Jowled, Break-Nose Sununu.

These are big leaders who help run the party from behind the scenes. They can deliver large donations to the party and to the candidates. They fear that Trump will disrupt their Washington money making machine.

Most of them are angling for an “open” convention which translates as a “closed convention” where they can pick Paul Ryan.

#5) The Snap-Ripper Rove.

These are political operatives who make money as “brokers.” They bring money and candidates and delegates together but keep a lot of the money for themselves.

You will see them all over TV – never divulging who they favor (a new face?) because they may be telling multiple candidates and donors that they should be THE ONE.

“Really your father should run for president. Maybe not this time. But hey, Trump had no political experience either. Your daddy is a heck of a lot smarter than Donald Trump – and richer.”

“I know. Daddy, I told you so. I keep telling him he should run for president.”

Most of these birds thrive on chaos. They don’t care who gets the nomination as long as they get paid. Some of these birds are near starvation and others are so fat from feasting that they can hardly lift off the ground.

#6) The Full-throated, Perkin-Plucked, Thrush.

These are evangelical Christians who raise money from the faithful to “represent” them on Capitol Hill. Some Thrushes will support anyone who will arrange for serious money to be donated to their nonprofits.

In 2012 some solemnly told their followers that Catholic Rick Santorum was the perfect presidential candidate. In 2016, when Santorum couldn’t get them any big donations, they shamelessly dropped him like a hot rock.

Most of the Thrushes came late to Ted Cruz and are scrounging for money on the edges of his campaign.

#7) The Smart-beaked, narrow nosed, VanderSloot.

These are Mormons initially brought in by party leaders years ago to help assure the Romney nomination in 2012 and to help the GOP balance the undue power of evangelicals.

Later, some in the RNC establishment felt that they had gone too far.  And so they tried to take back some of the power that had gone to VanderSloots in the Mountain States. For example, they tried to change Nevada into a Primary so that the LDS would have less power. And they tried to stop Arizona from changing into a Caucus for the same reason.

The VanderSloots wouldn’t mind seeing an opening for Mitt Romney, short of that, they will join the coalition to help stampede the convention for Paul Ryan.

#8) The Feulner-Feathered Weyrich.

These are conservative Catholics who have been longing to get one of their own nominated from Rudolph Giuliani in 2008, to Marco Rubio in 2016.

Some of them get research money for their think tanks, sponsorship for their seminars and advertising dollars for their publications from corporations who in turn get corporate welfare direct from the federal pig trough.

Most of them want Paul Ryan to win a contested convention but realize it will take a “Hail Mary” to make it happen.

Finally, behind all of these delegate-birds listed above are the big corporations whose special needs drive the process.


Published by Doug Wead

Doug Wead is a New York Times bestselling author whose latest book, Game of Thorns, is about the Trump-Clinton 2016 election. He served as an adviser to two American presidents and was a special assistant to the president in the George H.W. Bush White House.

16 thoughts on “Who is the GOP establishment?

  1. Amazing! Doug, once again, I understand this all a whole lot more, after reading one of your blogs. Listening to Donald Trump talk about it, I’m not sure that he gets all this. His campaign seems to be totally disorganized, when it comes to the delegate part of it. This guy Manafort is supposed to come in and fix it all but I still have this feeling deep down, that Trump really doesn’t want to win. I don’t think the people around him feel that way and I don’t think it goes beyond himself but I do think that if Donald Trump were to come as close as possible to getting the nomination, without getting it, he will have achieved what he REALLY wants and that’s been the case all along. Of course, I could be completely wrong about this but I don’t think I am. In any event, we are unlikely to ever find out for sure. How he behaves at the convention, will be the ultimate and maybe only way to scrutinize his intentions. One thing’s for certain; the Republican convention in 2016 will be historic.

  2. Okay. But what about the Big Bird in the room? Dual-citizen Jewish Zionists, AKA Neoconservatives. Tell us about that bird and why you didn’t dare mention their name…..Oy Vey! Let the whole truth prevail Doug!!!

    1. I was thinking of a bird more in the vain of the brown-headed cowbird or cuckoo. His omission and lack of response is deafening.

  3. Doug, I have loved your blogging for years now, but I and friends of mine can’t help but notice you include Evangelicals, Mormons, and Catholics in your analysis.

    But you never touch on the Jewish neocon influence on the GOP establishment.

    It is no-secret that every candidate R or D have to prostrate themselves before AIPAC. And yet talking about the Jewish influence in American politics rarely happens.

    Your thoughts?

  4. Thanks Doug…funny too, yet tragic at the same time. :/

    Neocons and their sympathizers, believe in one thing…themselves.

    Like Lyin’ Ted, who recently pickpocketed the RJNC and brought neocons on board…they believe in using “noble lies” to protect their self-interest, which is why you could call them, “The Disciples of Deceit”.

    Neocons aren’t all Jewish or practice Judaism, some are Atheists/Secular. Neoconservatives try to camouflage themselves, and resemble a political cult, more then any specific religion.

    They’re also infiltrators from the democrat/neoliberal establishment that were thrown out at an earlier time. However, by duping the gullible, they’re able to work over any religious group, as their “charismatic leader”, leo strauss, instructed.

    Has anyone caught billy Boy kristol saying he’d vote for Hillary over Trump? The duke of neoconistan, Robert Kagan, said the same.

    They don’t care what religious “differences” are, to them, you’re to be molded into jackbooted stormtroopers for the military-religious-non-profit-industrial-complex.

    They cynically prey on the good intentions of “religious folk”.

    It doesn’t matter what your “faith” is, just as long as you’re a “TRUE BELIEVER!!!”

    The founders included religious or non-religious freedom as a natural right, not as a test for government office.

    “I have never dreamed that all opposition was to cease. The clergy, who have missed their union with the State, the Anglomen, who have missed their union with England, and the political adventurers, who have lost the chance of swindling and plunder in the waste of public money, will never cease to bawl on the breaking up of their sanctuary.” –Thomas Jefferson to Gideon Granger, 1801. ME 10:259

    They will NEVER cease to BAWL, at the breaking up of their establishment, statist, sanctuary.

    True believers are what Strauss was looking for, he’s the philosopher king that rules from behind, and can turn you into a straussian no matter what you say, thats how perfect the guru’s philosophy is. Was he right? Or just a con man?

    Here’s Irving Kristol on how to court and mold spiritual/religious people into useful political idiots for the GOP, or a third party to destroy the traditional GOP. Remember the GOP? The one that believed in Liberty, which neocons despise, unless it’s for them.

    “The Democrats are never going to be able to welcome the religious, but if the Republicans keep them at arm’s length instead of embracing them, and shaping their political thinking, a third party and a restructuring of American politics are certain. One way or another, in the decades ahead they will not be denied.” – Irving Kristol, Embracing the Religious, The Coming “Conservative Century.” (1993)

    Slick, huh?

    Here is Irving Kristol giving you an idea of his political, “faith”.

    “I have been a neo-Marxist, a neo-Trotskyist, a neo-socialist, a neoliberal, and finally a neoconservative.” – Irving Kristol, Neo-Conservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea, Selected Essays 1949-1995

    There’s nothing “neo” about their marxism. It’s old world ham-fisted european collectivism and anti-American to it’s core…no matter how many flags and different bibles they wrap themselves in.

    They’re a political cult that has all the trademarks of Ideological Totalism.

    Thanks again Doug.

    Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism

    Karl Marx as Religious Eschatologist

    The Military-Evangelical Complex

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: