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Republican Billionaires Are Wigging Out Over Bizarre 2016 Primary Field

They're keeping their money on the sidelines and hoping Romney rides in on a white horse.
Republican Billionaires Are Wigging Out Over Bizarre 2016 Primary Field

Gee, it looks like the billionaires are reaping what they sowed, and not liking it much. I have zero sympathy for them, but it's looking more and more like the Republican primary is spinning out of their control and they've got no way to reel it in.

This is what happens when you enclose your base in a bubble and lie to them.

For example, here's something that drives me absolutely nuts. Nikki Haley, explaining why the electorate is so utterly bizarre right now:

“You have a lot of people who were told that if we got a majority in the House and a majority in the Senate, then life was gonna be great,” she said in an interview Thursday. “What you’re seeing is that people are angry. Where’s the change? Why aren’t there bills on the president’s desk every day for him to veto? They’re saying, ‘Look, what you said would happen didn’t happen, so we’re going to go with anyone who hasn’t been elected.’ ”

Where's their damned pony? Why aren't they getting everything they were promised by their right-wing bubble makers? Didn't they take American Government like the rest of us in high school and learn that there are three co-equal branches of government?

But I digress. The same article which quotes Nikki Haley also suggests that the money boys are nervous. Really, really nervous.

According to other Republicans, some in the party establishment are so desperate to change the dynamic that they are talking anew about drafting Romney — despite his insistence that he will not run again. Friends have mapped out a strategy for a late entry to pick up delegates and vie for the nomination in a convention fight, according to the Republicans who were briefed on the talks, though Romney has shown no indication of reviving his interest.

That would end well, wouldn't it?

If you thought that was the apex of their apoplexy, guess again. These two quotes tell you everything you need to know about how the billionaires feel about this group of primary candidates:


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“I’m not a happy camper,” Wish said. “Hopefully, somebody will emerge who will be able to do the job,” but, he added, “I’m very worried that the Republican-base voter is more motivated by anger, distrust of D.C. and politicians and will throw away the opportunity to nominate a candidate with proven experience that can win.

The apprehension among some party elites goes beyond electability, according to one Republican strategist who spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk candidly about the worries.

We’re potentially careening down this road of nominating somebody who frankly isn’t fit to be president in terms of the basic ability and temperament to do the job,” this strategist said. “It’s not just that it could be somebody Hillary could destroy electorally, but what if Hillary hits a banana peel and this person becomes president?”

Forget the comments about Hillary there and focus on the part about nominating somebody who isn't fit to be president. This is what Republican strategists and billionaires think about their current field of candidates? Holy crap.

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