National Politics - 2016

GOP Establishment To New Hampshire: Dump Trump … Or Else

GRANITE STATERS ENCOURAGED TO “VOTE RESPONSIBLY” We’ve written previously about efforts to reboot the “Republican” presidential primary schedule (ahem, Marco Rubio).  But in early-voting New Hampshire, the message from the GOP establishment couldn’t be any clearer. Dump Trump … or else. “Republican” voters in the Granite State – which holds its presidential…


We’ve written previously about efforts to reboot the “Republican” presidential primary schedule (ahem, Marco Rubio).  But in early-voting New Hampshire, the message from the GOP establishment couldn’t be any clearer.

Dump Trump … or else.

“Republican” voters in the Granite State – which holds its presidential preference primary on February 9 – got an earful from the state’s former governor (and ex-White House chief-of-staff) John H. Sununu regarding their “responsibility” to vote against Trump this week.

“We must remember why we are allowed – and I use that word, ‘allowed’ – to be first in the nation,” Sununu told attendees at a presidential town hall gathering. “We are allowed because we have done a good job historically, and so we must in the next eighteen days make sure we continue to do a good job.”

“You have to go out and communicate with our friends and neighbors that a primary is not to settle internal differences within a party and a state,” Sununu added. “It’s not a get-even process.  It’s not a gotcha process.  It’s a process that we have a responsibility to pick the next president.”

Sununu concluded that “those of us who support the Republican Party, those of us who care about this country” had an obligation to “make sure that our friends and neighbors do it responsibly.”

Yeah …

Anybody having trouble reading between the lines?

“The short version of that is: Friends don’t let friends vote for Trump,” reporter Byron York of The Washington Observer, um, observed.

Sununu is reading straight from South Carolina governor Nikki Haley‘s Washington, D.C.-inspired teleprompter – in which the “Republican” establishment tells those of us frustrated with its policy of excess and liberal appeasement to sit down and shut up.

Not surprisingly, we disagree with this “do what you’re told or we’ll take away your primary” appeal.

Seriously … isn’t New Hampshire’s independent streak one of the reasons it was selected to play such a starring role in this process?

In contrast to Sununu’s message of conformity with the GOP’s self-serving party elites, our endorsement of Trump’s candidacy was written as a “f*ck you” to the “Republican” brand.

“The GOP can attack Trump all it wants,” we wrote.  “And its minions can attack us for supporting him – just as they attacked us and called us names when we endorsed Rand Paul.  But the real blame lies not with us, but with countless ‘Republican’ politicians at the local, state and national level who have spent years lying to us and taking us for granted.”

That’s for sure …

The GOP is dead.  It’s as long gone as the Old Man of the Mountain (above), who collapsed from his perch overlooking Profile Lake in Franconia Notch back in 2003.


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Fits Ain't No Republican February 1, 2016 at 3:08 pm

Yeh your F*** you to the Republicans was to endorse a Republican presidential candidate in a Republican presidential primary


You’re not a Republican.

Makes perfect sense!

fl ? p ?? February 1, 2016 at 3:09 pm

The only way to stop the Republican party is by endorsing Republicans and voting Republican every election!

Irresponsible February 1, 2016 at 3:13 pm

You also shouldn’t vote for Trump because he’s really a liberal who’s sided with and praised the Democrats, especially Hillary and Obama, up until recently.

fl ? p ?? February 1, 2016 at 3:14 pm

“We’re going to work with our hospitals. We’re going to work with our doctors. We’ve got to do something. You can’t have a — a small percentage of our economy, because they’re down and out, have absolutely no protection so they end up dying from, you know, what you could have a simple procedure or even a pill. You can’t do that. We’ll work something out. That doesn’t mean single payer. And I mean, maybe he’s got no heart. And if this means I lose an election, that’s fine, because, frankly, we have to take care of the people in our country. We can’t let them die on the sidewalks of New York or the sidewalks of Iowa or anywhere else.” Trump’s got that bleeding heart dontcha know!!!

Wizard February 1, 2016 at 4:09 pm

Yep, he can do stuff. That’s the best I’ve been able to decipher out of his policies. Maybe he has a magic wand.

Trump-O-Matic February 1, 2016 at 4:15 pm

Yeah, I got a magic wand. It’s orange and like to be licked like a push up stick.

Ron February 1, 2016 at 4:14 pm

Yep, a real Republican would “let em die.”

Killiary Klinton February 1, 2016 at 4:17 pm

I and my $55 million let people die every day.

What difference does it make?

fl ? p February 1, 2016 at 4:23 pm

You are right, no difference made. Trump will win the primary and will win the election, for Hillary!

Killiary Klinton February 1, 2016 at 4:26 pm

I think you’re being a little optimistic, but I like that you’re a fan.

Spread the Butter February 1, 2016 at 7:28 pm

Pony up Hoss!

Aunt Pity Pat, we call her Aunt “fatback”, just had a heart attack.

I have no idea why, but I know it wasn’t her fault at a svelt 420lbs-and it’s only right that you pay your fair share for her bypass surgery.

She’s got at least another good 5 years left in her.

RogueElephant February 1, 2016 at 4:51 pm

Trump did more for the veterans in 24 hours than all the dwarfs on FNC have done in their entire lives. Speaking of the seven dwarfs. Cruz would be Grumpy and Bush would be Sleepy. LOL

Wizard February 1, 2016 at 5:01 pm

Too bad before the rally he hadn’t done much for them. He even refused a vet’s group from his hometown a donation last year. Sent them a bumper sticker though!

Jack February 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Yea, and Cruz has, well ??? Ok so Rubio has ???. Well Bush got a bunch killed and maimed. Oh, that was his brother. Ok well at least Rand Paul has …..Ok so none of the Republican candidates have done anything for Veterans except Trump. So what.

shifty henry February 1, 2016 at 3:28 pm

It’ll be better if the folks of New Hampshire vote on February 9 …….

Will Folks aka Sic February 1, 2016 at 3:30 pm


shifty henry February 1, 2016 at 3:32 pm

Thank you, Will ….. Chuc Mai Chin didn’t show up for work today, eh?

Clueless in Columbia February 1, 2016 at 3:49 pm

Only Will could support Tom Ervin and T-Rav while the GOP runs the table since 2008 and come to the conclusion the GOP is dead.A true liberal he is.

fl ? p February 1, 2016 at 4:22 pm

The liberal is that nut who begged Smirks to come back! LMAO!!!

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Superfly February 1, 2016 at 3:28 pm

I’m all for enforcing a little discipline in the Republican Party these days. Seems silly to get riled up over a speech to a room full of party regulars. The GOP Primary is wide open in NH, anyone not registered as a Democrat on Feb 9th, can vote. So it’s slightly less closed that S.C.’s. Seriously, you think anyone is going to be bullied into not voting for Trump because a speech given by John Sununu? Unlikely I think.

Tazmaniac February 1, 2016 at 3:56 pm

Endorsements are a waaay bigger deal to the endorser than the endorsed. Nothing but political masturbation. Sununu has been trying to position himself as a party elder for some time now. I guess it gives him the right to a bigger skim off the top?

idcydm February 1, 2016 at 4:09 pm

How I long for the good ole days when they didn’t campaign from one election to the next.

Tazmaniac February 1, 2016 at 4:11 pm

We are about 2 months away from starting up the Mid Term Election season.

idcydm February 1, 2016 at 4:19 pm

Perpetual Bullshit.

Trump 2016 February 1, 2016 at 3:30 pm

The Establishment is running scared. They understand that they are about to lose their power. If they do they will then have nothing to sell to the highest bidder. What will they do for a living if they can’t run the country for the benefit of the donor class.

Trump will be a voice for the average man. He will not be bought and paid for by the billionaires (Koch and Wall Street) who run the Republican party. No one else running can say that.

RogueElephant February 1, 2016 at 4:48 pm

The biggest reason to support and vote for him.

Melania February 1, 2016 at 9:02 pm

So we have a former nude model as a First Lady? We’ll no longer be able to criticize the French.

RIP GOP February 1, 2016 at 9:50 pm

As predicted, Trump loses to Cruz in Iowa. Bye, bye GOP!

Wizard February 1, 2016 at 4:58 pm

We’ll see. Yet when he had to pony up some money for his vet’s rally his wealthy buddies bailed his ego out.

9" February 1, 2016 at 8:11 pm

Get a haircut,hippy.How long you think it’ll take to build that wall? Nice dream,dude.

Little Carnival Ride February 1, 2016 at 4:04 pm

Trump said today that if our military vehicles are armored and hit an IED – “”they go up and down…go for a little ride.”

vicupstate February 1, 2016 at 4:30 pm

The GOP is dead. It’s as long gone as the Old Man of the Mountain (above), who collapsed from his perch overlooking Profile Lake in Franconia Notch back in 2003.

I had no idea it collapsed. I saw it in the late ’90’s or early 2000.

Bible Thumper February 1, 2016 at 8:23 pm

It happened ironically three after they put the “old man” on the US commemorative New Hampshire quarter.

RogueElephant February 1, 2016 at 4:46 pm

The more the establishment asses tell me not to vote for Trump the more determined I get to vote for him. As of right now I will vote early just to make sure . I might croak before Feb. 20. By the same token , I am seriously considering working for Henry for gov. in 18. Hadn’t really thought much about 2018 till last Wed. LOL

swpbbls February 1, 2016 at 4:53 pm

“The GOP is dead.”

Good riddance.

Look here’s one — he’s trying out a new look today. It’s more nuanced than his usual ‘hit in the head with a frozen chicken’ look.

Tazmaniac February 1, 2016 at 6:04 pm

Two assholes loving the pork, the irony in a picture.

okay February 1, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Folks doesn’t agree with a damn thing that Trump does (unless he’s all of the sudden super liberal and didn’t know it). This is about getting paid.

The guy is a fucking idiot and a lunatic. But aside from that, he’s a pro-universal healthcare, pro-choice, pro-tax hike, liberal. How can you support guys like Ron Paul and libertarians like that, while supporting such a died in the wool liberal? Unbelievable.

Trump 2016 February 1, 2016 at 6:09 pm

Well he is going to be the Republican candidate for President, so you better get use to it, And when he beats Hillary all you guys will act like you supported him all along.

Founding Father Trump February 1, 2016 at 6:43 pm


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Maybe not... February 1, 2016 at 7:35 pm

Here’s the deal:

Notice on Will’s endorsement article he sub-titled it “Let it burn.”

You wanna know what a quasi-libertarian is endorsing Trump? Because there’s a chance he’ll destroy the two party system- sure the GOP will go to the grave, but there’s a change the the Democrats aren’t too far behind.

Sure, I know you think it’s far fetched, but when even the Koch’s jump in to try to hammer Trump you know it’s serious.

HD February 1, 2016 at 6:27 pm

I’m sure the Folks endorsement is worth far less than he or the people paying him imagine it to be.

Ben Needs Clothes February 1, 2016 at 9:26 pm

So do we still have to pay for Carson to have Secret Service protection? He has taken another break from the campaign. The man isn’t even in the top two anymore.

euwe max February 2, 2016 at 2:39 am

When the Republicans invited the snake handlers into the party, they lost control.


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