Thursday, June 16, 2016

Not Since Hapless Idiot Homer Simpson Went To Work For Billionaire Megalomaniac Supervillain Hank Scorpio

Has there been an employee/employer bromance as exciting and filled with harrowing possibilities as that of hapless idiot Reince Priebus and billionaire megalomaniac supervillain Donald Trump.

Sure to outsiders their relationship may look troubled.  Even massively dysfunctional to the point of insanity...
Trump’s relationship with RNC sours

Tensions flare as the party hires a fired Trump aide and uses vendors linked to #NeverTrump, while fundraising flags.

By Kenneth P. Vogel, Eli Stokols and Alex Isenstadt

06/15/16 10:27 PM EDT

Donald Trump is relying heavily on the Republican Party to bolster his skeletal operation, but his campaign’s relationship with the Republican National Committee is increasingly plagued by distrust, power struggles and strategic differences, according to sources in both camps.

In recent days, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has privately grumbled that his advice doesn’t seem welcome with Trump, according to one RNC insider. Other party officials have expressed frustration that Trump’s campaign is trying to take too much control over a pair of fundraising committees with the party while adding little to the effort, according to campaign and party officials familiar with the relationship.

While Trump had promised Priebus that he would call two dozen top GOP donors, when RNC chief of staff Katie Walsh recently presented Trump with a list of more than 20 donors, he called only three before stopping, according to two sources familiar with the situation. It’s unclear whether he resumed the donor calls later.

Meanwhile, there’s deep skepticism on Trump’s campaign about the RNC’s commitment to the presumptive GOP nominee, with some campaign officials questioning how hard the RNC is working to help Trump and to raise money for his campaign’s joint committees with the party.

Indeed, faced with suggestions that party leaders are unhappy with Trump’s incendiary rhetoric about the Orlando shooting and the judge presiding over a lawsuit against the candidate and his Trump University, campaign insiders scoffed.

“I don’t think we are going to take a lot of political advice from Priebus,” a campaign official said...

But what Reince and Donald share is special and beautiful and no god damn outsider can possibly understand!

For more on this story, we join Crooks & Liars asking the musical question, "Whatever happened to "art of the deal," Donald?"


RUKidding said...

The little bit I read about Trump's rallies - mostly written as blogs from claimed (probably) non-Trump voters who go just to witness what's what - indicates that the venues keep getting smaller and still are not very full. Trump fans are what we've seen - typically all white, mostly trend older, more men than women.

The descriptions of Trump's "speeches" are a lot of word salad. Apparently he attempts to talk about stuff like NATO, which appears to confuse the base, so Trump has to go back to Crooked Hillary!! and Benghazi!!! and Emails!!! to get a rise out of the crowd.

Some sites have refused to have him due to needing time to set up crowd control.

It's going to be a long slog for him to keep this up. Even a narcissist like him has to get bored and tired of it all. Rumors abound that he's running low on ca$h. His refusal to make nice with the RNC may bite him in the ass eventually. We shall see.

Habitat Vic said...

Though Trump claims to be worth $10 billion (including $4B of goodwill valuation for the future value of the Trump "brand"), Forbes puts him at $4.5 billion, and that may be generous as well (Bloomberg puts it at $2.9 last year). Back in 2005 when Trump said he was worth $4B, real auditors Deutsche Bank put him at $800 million - and highly leveraged/dependent upon real estate valuations. At that time, insiders and some newsreporters said his valuation was closer to $250M. Trump immediately sued the people who repeated the lower valuations (even DB's report was confidential).

Point is, regardless of what he is really worth, lets say 3 or 4 billion, he is not "liquid". And without RNC/large-donor support, tRump would need to pony up $500-800M (almost 25% of his holdings) to self fund his presidential run. I don't believe that has a snowball's chance in Hell of happening. Sweet Jesus, the %50M he has put into his campaign is a loan, so he can pay himself back via outside contributions. He claims that was a paperwork error, and he doesn't want the money back. R-r-r-r-right. At heart, he's a self-promoting bullshit-artist con man.

Drifty & I shall be retired to our personal islands in the Caribbean before The Donald puts up that much of his own money to run for office.

Unknown said...

The Hammock District!

dinthebeast said...

Mark Cuban said that the number he came up with was $165 million. A lot of money, but a hundred million less than Romney, who Trump claimed to own buildings worth more than...
The thought of Trump sitting there and trying to call people to ask for money makes me laugh.
He better get good with the RNC stat, as he has almost no campaign apparatus to speak of. On the other hand, if he wants to vanity project the Republican presidential campaign into the dirt, I won't mind.

-Doug in Oakland

Robt said...

Obviously Donald needed to perform labor for pay with his "Apprentice".

What self respecting silver spoon (deal maker" with all his businesses doing so great.

Why does the Donald subject him to work (labor) for a paycheck.
For someone like Donald, isn't this like an out of work machinist unable to find work in his skill set taking a job at Taco Bell until he lands something better?

What has been interesting and is only going to become intensified. Is the adhesive just doesn't seem to bond the conservative unity.

Trump requires the limelight and sharing that is not foreseeable. He must put others down to elevate how he thinks he will be perceived in high regard.

The GOP and Trump will bound themselves to one of the walking dead and risk being eaten if they smell a reward.

But public perception of Trump telling the prominent republicans to, "be quiet". That they need to get tough. (calling them pussies). Will only negatively effect republican down ticket in November. If Trump is unsatisfied with the GOP, as he is the outsider rebel. Proving his bona's by trashing P. Ryan et al. The base is going to take that as throwing out those pussies. Trump tells them he doesn't need them.
Yeah, as mentioned, Riende and Trump sitting in a Texas Tree K-i-s-s-i-n0g, Doesn't help public voter perceptions.
All of those elected GOPers that have climbed in the Jacuzzi with Trump are beginning to wonder who it was that defecated in the spa. Because it smells and they are getting it on themselves. If only down tickets get skunked by Trump....!

Can you sit by without contacting your republican congress critter and turn up the heat when they perform the circus act to cover for Trump?

Trump needs to be the Ring master, the trapeze star, the Elephant trainer, the popcorn salesman. We are well aware of his clown act.

Republican political squirming, even big mouth missteps with backtracking like McCain. When Sen. Cornyn provides Trump with foreign affairs info and Trump presents this with the intelligence level of "eating a Sarah Palin's Word Salad with a spoon".
Trump will blame Cornyn for bad info as Cornyn blames Trump for getting it wrong.

The expectation is for the GOP to get in line.
The, "can't vote for Trump, but anyone but Hillary" is the bridge being built to Trump by the GOP.

steeve said...

"without RNC/large-donor support, tRump would need to pony up $500-800M (almost 25% of his holdings) to self fund his presidential run"

As evidenced by the Kochs, Adelson, etc, the rich never spend more than 2% of their money on world domination. It's inconceivable - why amass all that money if you're not going to use it - but it's saving the world.

keith gargus said...

I have to start watching the Simpsons again...

Fritz Strand said...

Reince and all of his Chamber of Commerce friends are afraid little Donny will send them all into the corn field.

Neo Tuxedo said...

why amass all that money if you're not going to use it

For the same reason Howard Hughes saved jars of his own urine.

"The scion of a well-known banking family once told me a family secret. When a certain stage of responsibility and awareness has been reached by a young banker he is taken to a room lined with family portraits in the middle of which is an ornate gilded toilet. Here he comes every day to defecate surrounded by the family portraits until he realizes that money is shit. And what does the money machine eat to shit it out? It eats youth, spontaneity, life, beauty and above all it eats creativity. It eats quality and shits out quantity. There was a time when the machine ate in moderation from a plentiful larder and what it ate was replaced. Now the machine is eating faster much faster than what it eats can be replaced. That is why by its nature money is worth always less. People want money to buy what the machine eats to shit money out. The more the machine eats the less remains. So your money buys always less. This process is now escalating geometrically. If the West does not start a nuclear war first their monetary system will fall apart through the inexorable consumption by the machine of life art flavor beauty to make more and more shit which buys less and less life art flavor beauty because there is less and less to buy. The machine is eating it all. The time must come when money will buy nothing because there will be nothing left for money to buy. Money will eliminate itself."
-- William S. Burroughs to Daniel Odier, The Job (1969)

Robt said...

Ignorance and fanaticism is forever busy
and needs feeding.