The New York Times today puts on the front page an analysis of the Republican Party’s Donald Trump problem.
Republican Party leaders agonize over the prospect that Donald Trump will mount a third-party candidacy that could undermine their nominee. They fear insulting the white working-class voters who admire him. They are loath to tangle with a threat-flinging firebrand for whom there are no rules of engagement.
Since the start of Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign, a vexing question has hovered over his candidacy: Why have so many party leaders — privately appalled by Mr. Trump’s remarks about immigrants from Mexico — not renounced him?
It turns out, interviews show, that the mathematical delicacy of a Republican victory in 2016 — and its dependence on aging, anxious white voters — make it exceedingly perilous for the Republican Party to treat Mr. Trump as the pariah many of its leaders now wish he would become.
The Arkansas Republican Party has a solution: Embrace The Donald. He’s the featured speaker at the Arkanas GOP’s big fund-raising dinner July 17 in Hot Springs. Based on recent Twitter posts, tickets are still available. Room for more aging, anxious white voters.
What’s not to like? Says here that Trump leads in one recent poll.
UPDATE: Meanwhile, in Arizona, U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake has called on a local Republican committee to withdraw sponsorship of a Trump campaign event.
“As an elected official and as a Republican, I’m not excited about this, to say the least,” Flake told the Washington Post. “I don’t think that [Trump’s] views are reflective of the party, particularly in Arizona, a border state.”