Republican Party war chest dwarfs Democrats’ going into 2020 high season

The Republican Party has nearly eight times as much cash-on-hand as the Democratic Party in the heat of the 2020 primary season. According to the latest Federal Election Commission (FEC) data released Thursday, covering Jan. 1 through Jan. 31, the Republican National Committee has $76 million cash-on-hand compared with the Democratic National Committee’s $9.9 million. “Record breaking support for this president and his policies continues to grow as we head full-force into this presidential election year,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement to Fox News. “Across the country, Americans are choosing President Trump’s record of results over Democrats’ divided field of contenders with no vision for the country, and they are ready for four more years of the great American comeback he has started,” she added. A spokesperson for the DNC did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. Meanwhile, the latest FEC filings show that President Trump’s re-election campaign and joint-fundraising committees have $124 million cash-on-hand; while his campaign alone has $92.6 million cash-on-hand. As for the Democratic primary field, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has $16.8 million; former Vice President Joe Biden has $7.1 million; former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg has $6.6 million; Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., has $2.86 million; Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has $2.3 million; and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, has $2 million. Democratic candidates Tom Steyer and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who are self-funding their campaigns, have far more cash-on-hand. Thursday’s FEC filing showed Bloomberg having a whopping $55.1 million cash-on-hand; and Steyer with $17.8 million.

Wow..  That’s all ya really can say to that.  Trump and the RNC are monetarily destroying the DNC and its cast of keystone cops running for the Democrat nominee for president.  Of course anything can happen in the next 8 months or so.  But..  At this rate, the DNC is getting utterly demolished.  That’s why CNN, MSNBC, Joy Behar at “The View,” and the rest of the dominantly liberal mainstream media are in full panic mode.   The Dem presidential candidates are beating each other up right now and spending all of their money on that, while Trump is out doing rallies to sold out crowds in key swing states.  The contrast is pretty stark.

RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel Asked to Serve Second Term

The job of Republican National Committee (RNC) Chair is Ronna McDaniel’s for another two years if she is up for it. President Donald Trump has asked the high-ranking party official to serve a second term amid a stellar fundraising haul for the 2018 midterm elections, according to a Sunday Axios report. Axios co-founder Mike Allen writes that President Trump is thrilled with McDaniel’s “work on behalf of the America First agenda, effective management of the party infrastructure, and record grassroots engagement and fundraising.” President Trump’s offer comes after the RNC’s August filings showed the party raised $16.4 million for the month, bringing this cyle’s total to a whopping $252 million. “Enthusiasm for President Trump and his successful agenda is fueling our record-breaking fundraising and energizing our grassroots supporters,” McDaniel told The Hill of the record-breaking fundraising haul. With the midterm elections just 22 days away, McDaniel says Republican voters are “completely energized” following a successfully hard-fought battle to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. “The generic ballot has narrowed from double digits. Now it’s at seven. I’m looking at every race across the country,” the RNC chair told Fox News host Chris Wallace last Sunday. “We have about 30 that are in the margin of error, certainly in districts where Hillary Clinton won where we have Republican incumbents. Our job is to turn out our base first. Our base is completely energized right now. The Kavanaugh hearings have just highlighted how important this election is for them.” McDaniel, the niece of failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney, was elected RNC chair in January 2017, replacing Reince Priebus, who exited the role to serve as President Trump’s Chief of Staff. Previously, McDaniel assumed the role of Michigan Republican Party Chair in February 2015.

RNC Slams MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ as the ‘Leader of the Pack’ for Trump Derangement Syndrome

The Republican National Committee took a shot at MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Wednesday, calling it the “leader of the pack for the worst case of Trump Derangement Syndrome.” “Once a respected forum for intelligent discourse, the program has turned into 3 hours of far-left hysteria, filled with more faux scandal and innuendo than a bad episode of Gossip Girl,” the email released by the RNC Wednesday said. The show, hosted by Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, refused Wednesday to discuss the controversy surrounding Kathy Griffin’s photo shoot involving a mock beheading of President Trump. However, the show did decide to discuss a misspelled tweet by Trump, something the RNC picked up on. “According to a rough review of this morning’s program, the crew spent the majority of the show discussing misspelled tweets, White House staffing plans, uncorroborated Russia stories, and the supposed horror of President Trump giving his cell phone number out,” the email by RNC Deputy Communications Director Michael Reed said. Reed notes that they spent “little to no time” on the lack of evidence of collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia or on how leaks are hurting national security. “And, if you were tuning in to get a substantive update on health care or tax reform negotiations, good luck,” the email says. Reed also notes that Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) was on the program but not asked if he is still holding an event with Griffin in July. Scarborough later responded on Twitter, hailing it as proof that President Trump is “obsessed” with the show.

Hey Joe!  Newsflash!  We’re pretty sure the President doesn’t care about your so-called show.  He’s made it VERY clear on numerous occasions that he DOES, however, watch “Fox and Friends” on the Fox News channel in the morning.  So, while certain members of his staff (i.e. Press secretary, etc) MAY watch ALL news channels, including yours, I think it’s pretty safe to say that he isn’t watching your show at all.   Besides, he’s said how much he dislikes MSNBC and all of it’s “fake news.”  Pres. Trump is far too busy to care about your pathological hysteria, Joe.  Get over yourself.  Loser..

Trump Picks Ronna Romney McDaniel for RNC Chair

Gov. Mitt Romney may have been passed over for secretary of state, but at least another member of his family has been chosen a leader in the Republican Party. Donald Trump has reportedly picked Michigan GOP chairwoman, Ronna Romney McDaniel, to lead the Republican national committee. McDaniel is the niece of the 2012 Republican presidential nominee. Trump’s final decision comes as no surprise to people who have been following the race closely. In what started out as a huge crowd of contenders amidst the jockeying for Trump’s approval, the president-elect narrowed down his list to two choices by the end of the week: Georgia political operative Nick Ayers and Ronna Romney McDaniel. By the end of it, insiders had said Trump was leaning towards McDaniel. The Trump team had mostly divided into two camps in their quest to influence Trump’s mind. Vice president-elect Mike Pence and Steve Bannon pushed Trump to choose Ayers. The Georgia operative had impressed Pence as he was an aide to him. Incoming senior advisor Steve Bannon also pulled for Ayers – wanting, what he viewed, a political outsider. In the end, it was incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus who proved most persuasive. Priebus is the current RNC chairman so naturally Trump viewed his opinion as most relevant. Priebus was impressed with McDaniel’s work in turning Michigan red this election year – the first time it’s happened since the state voted for George H. W. Bush in 1988. At the Friday rally in Grand Rapids, the president-elect showered her with compliments. “What a great job. You and your people have done an incredible job,” he said, referring to work with the Michigan Republican Party. Trump may have picked McDaniel for the position, but technically the decision is made by the RNC’s 168-member executive committee. However, a Republican president’s endorsement is critical. Numerous members of the committee have said they will pick whomever Trump chooses. The committee will vote in January.

Definitely something to keep on eye on…

GOP braces for rules fight that could decide 2016 nomination

One key committee at the 2016 Republican National Convention will determine whether Donald Trump and Ted Cruz supporters or the GOP leadership has the advantage in choosing the next nominee. The rules committee’s makeup and decisions have shaped the presidential race before, but play an even bigger role at a contested convention in Cleveland, GOP observers said. Republican National Committee member Morton Blackwell, who has attended rules meetings at every convention since 1972, said he believes the outcome of the last contested convention in 1976 hung in the balance of the rules committee. According to Blackwell, Ronald Reagan’s delegates in the rules committee sought to force President Gerald Ford to name a vice presidential pick before the men delivered nomination speeches. “That was something that Ford did not want to have to do because he had half-a-dozen leaders, had leaders of half-a-dozen states, in front of whom he was dangling the possibility that they would be his running mate,” Blackwell said. Those leaders were the gatekeepers of scores of delegates that could have shifted the balance of power in 1976, and Blackwell said, “If we had passed that rules change, I think Reagan would have been nominated in 1976. And it was a very close vote.” Blackwell said it’s certainly possible that the 2016 nomination could turn once again on the minutiae ironed out by the rules committee. The fault lines that will divide the delegates have already begun to reveal themselves. Curly Haugland, an outspoken 2016 rules committee member from North Dakota, has attracted attention for arguing that the Republican Party will pick the next nominee not the voters. In an interview with the Washington Examiner, Haugland argued that there, “can be no presumptive nominee before the convention” this summer because the delegates do not know who is eligible. “The media is trying to convince us, the cable networks are trying to convince us that it’s based on the primary vote and that’s a whole different animal. The primary votes are not solid,” Haugland said. “There’s all kinds of potential slippage in those primary votes based on various challenges that could be made or various other interpretations. For instance, ‘winner-take-all,’ I don’t think will stand up personally at the convention. So those surplus delegates allocated by a winner-take-all I think are all subject to question.” While Blackwell disagrees with Haugland’s assessment, Haugland will likely find allies in the party establishment who drove the implementation of the rules it now wishes to ignore. Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, the chair of the 2012 rules committee, told CNN in a recent interview that the ties that bind delegates to a particular candidate may be negligible by the time the party hits the convention floor this summer. “Even in the first round, many delegates can vote for anyone,” Sununu insisted. “And not every delegate is firmly bound.” Sununu insisted that “delegates can start voting for [House Speaker] Paul Ryan at any time,” despite the Republican National Committee’s recent statements that “upwards of 90 percent” of delegates are bound to start the convention. In a recent Friday afternoon briefing, RNC officials sounded confident that the rules guiding the 2016 convention would change before it begins. Rule 40, which governs the presidential nominating process, has been subject to persistent scrutiny and suggestions that it may be rewritten. Other guidelines offered by the RNC’s rules suggest that rule 40 is merely “temporary,” and subject to change, but doing so now may threaten the viability of the party. Subsection ‘b’ of the rule states that a nominee must demonstrate the support of a majority of delegates from eight or more states. Before the 2012 convention, only five states delegates’ support was required. Both Trump and Cruz have campaigned with the goal of exceeding the eight-state threshold, and altering the rule to accept additional competitors would irrevocably anger Cruz and Trump supporters. Steve Scheffler, a 2016 rules committee member from Iowa who also served on the 2012 committee, said he fears any rule change that would allow a nominee who has not been vetted by voters to secure the nomination. Still, Scheffler said he was not a fan of the eight-state threshold implemented at the 2012 convention by Mitt Romney’s delegates, which he described as an attempt to besmirch Texas Rep. Ron Paul’s supporters. “I don’t know where I’m at on that. I would love to change it back, but the last thing we can ill afford is a war or going out of the convention divided,” Scheffler said. “[T]he Romney people should have thought about the ramifications of what they were trying to ram through because they wanted to make a point of sticking their poker in the eyeball of Ron Paul liberty people. And again, I wasn’t a Ron Paul liberty person.” What the 2016 rules committee will ultimately decide remains unknowable, as many of the committee’s members have not yet been selected. But the battle lines between Trump and Cruz delegates and the party establishment could be defined later this month. If the party’s establishment decides it wants to change the convention rules, it would likely do so at its spring meeting in Florida, according to Blackwell. Blackwell noted that RNC chairman Reince Priebus has “a supermajority” on the standing rules committee, and that advantage will likely change when the GOP gathers in Cleveland for a convention filled with Trump and Cruz delegates. “Reince has the votes to do that if he decides to do it that way,” Blackwell said. “And don’t you believe anybody who says—if it does happen that way—that Reince didn’t decide to do it that way.” Blackwell sought to change rule 40 against the party establishment’s wishes in 2013 and tried to modify it in January 2016, but failed in both efforts. He said he thinks it’s too late to make such changes now and added that the changes would be both unfair and catastrophic to the party. It’s for this reason that Blackwell said he’s not sure “Priebus is prepared to pull the trigger on such a battle” that could end the party. “They’ve laid the groundwork for it, but there’s been no decision as far as I know to pull the trigger,” Blackwell said. If the RNC fires the opening shot, chaos will ensue. Craig Shirley, a presidential historian and Reagan biographer who studied the brokered 1976 convention, told the Examiner that “there’s always the chance of violence” at the upcoming convention, but the “good news is it’s probably going to be the most-watched Republican convention in a long time.” “You are going to see something dramatic and historic in Cleveland because power as we speak is being drained away from Washington,” Shirley said. “For the first time in a long time, the consultants are not going to be running this thing.” As to who will run the convention, Shirley anticipates anarchy. “It’s the wild wild West, is what it is,” he said. “The dirty little secret is that the first rule of the convention is there’s no rules.”

Soo..the RNC convention in Cleveland will be.. Fight Club?  Wow..  Of course this is FAR from over.  Let’s see how NY and PA go first.