And the prevailing wind happens to be from Mar-a-Lago.
GOP’s Stop-Trump fever breaksBut a small core of Never-Trump operatives is still plotting a contested convention....“We've had enough intraparty fighting. Now's the time to stitch together a winning coalition,” said Jon Huntsman, the former governor of Utah. “And it's been clear almost from the beginning that Donald Trump has the ability to assemble a nontraditional bloc of supporters. … The ability to cut across traditional party boundaries — like '80, '92 and 2008 — will be key, and Trump is much better positioned to achieve that.”
As we have repeatedly noted on this blog over the years, Mr. Huntsman's "No Labels" scheme...
...was cooked up as a Burkean cosplay fantasy camp where an entire menagerie of Beltway parasites and con men feast upon the credulity and cowardice of wealthy political shut-ins and weak-minded child-men who cannot face the fact that the GOP has gone mad, and a variety of "true Conservatives" who have been run out of the movement by the beast they created.
This was self-evident from the day the scam was launched, and just as self-evident five years later when they bestowed their ridiculous "Problem Solver Promise" thank-you on Donald Trump:
...The bipartisan good government group No Labels thanked six presidential candidates Monday for taking its "Problem Solver Promise," commemorating the event with a New Hampshire event that none of the candidates attended in person. One seemed particularly distant from the Radisson in downtown Manchester: pledge-taker Donald Trump."We had no idea when we started out down this road how many candidates would make the Problem Solver Promise," said No Labels's co-chairman and former U.S. senator Joe Lieberman, a longtime Democrat from Connecticut who retired as an independent after losing his party's primary. "Today, six have! I'm glad we got six. We could have gotten zero."...No Labels has adapted to the rise of Trump more smoothly than other political groups. No Labels co-chairman Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor and ambassador to China, has consistently given Trump a solid chance of winning the nomination of a fractured GOP....
And so no one has any business being surprised that the co-founder of "No Labels" has thrown any lingering pretense of "bipartisan good government" claptrap under the bus and thrown in his lot with his party's racist, fascist misogynist front running.
'Cause "Appeaser" Jon gotta get paid!*
* (h/t John MacCuish)
* (h/t John MacCuish)