— Teddy Schleifer (@teddyschleifer) June 16, 2016
That seems like a pretty high variance. I wonder if any Trump staffers just sent bricks of money back home. https://t.co/98ax5o8TFx
— Daniel Drezner (@dandrezner) June 16, 2016
Up with the rocket and down with the stick, my Irish granny used to predict about overnight celebrities — like a firework briefly dazzling all bystanders before the dead fuse dropped to the ground. Looks like the GOP may be searching for that stick to beat their presumptive presidential nominee (and as a loyal Democrat, I must applaud their efforts). Per Politico…
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…
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…
The fraught dynamic is a potentially serious liability for an insurgent campaign that has proudly eschewed political infrastructure and is dwarfed by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s operation, which is expected to raise $1.5 billion or more. And the situation is equally problematic for the Republican Party, which typically relies on its presidential candidate to help boost down-ballot candidates, enhance voter data and raise money…
The Trump campaign would not comment on the record about its relationship with the RNC. One Trump Tower official called it “a great relationship. I work well with everybody over there and I haven’t heard of anyone who doesn’t have a great relationship with them.”…
Rick Wilson is a professional Republican campaign operative with a filthy mouth and a history of gleeful muckery — the kind of guy who, if he shakes your hand, you should count your fingers afterwards. He also has a standing beef with Donald Trump. (That article from last fall was addressed to the other GOP candidates, but I sincerely hope the Clinton campaign took notes.) Last night Mr. Wilson put out a series of tweets that are being gleefully shared around the political-wonk internet, including:
8/ This weekend, people were lined up hundreds deep to give blood to the victims of Orlando. Your Cheeto Jesus was praising himself.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) June 16, 2016
Complete tweet series, storified, here. Since we know that the Vulgar Talking Yam, aka Captain Bankruptcy, aka Lord Short Thumbs, is extreeeemely sensitive about any slur to his magnificent person, I look forward to a stream of incoherent (yet entertaining!) rebuttal tweets as soon as Hair Fuhrer has had the chance to get the object atop his head glued into place…
Apart from wishing (ever more) confusion to our enemies, what’s on the agenda for the day?
Guy on NJ transit loudly talking about his love for Trump on the phone also just realized, 40 minutes into the ride, he's on the wrong train
— Lauren Zupkus (@laurenzup) June 15, 2016
The classic political dirty trick is to tear down your opponent's yard signs.
This year, it's to put up a Trump sign right next to theirs.
— Eric Kleefeld (@EricKleefeld) June 15, 2016
AP Stylebook Addendum: Papers banned by Trump may use "Cheeto Jesus" in headlines or after first reference by name. https://t.co/rQpfIKInQ2
— Julian Sanchez (@normative) June 16, 2016
2/2: You know what this means? He’s a bad fking politician! 95% of politics is *communicating effectively.* It’s almost like he’s hot garb.
— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) June 15, 2016