Who Can Keep Score Anymore?

The Republican Party is so overrun with internecine strife that it’s getting very difficult to keep score. Take, for example, the Club for Growth. There are fifteen candidates vying to win John Boehner’s seat in Congress next Tuesday and the Club is endorsing the same guy that the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), is endorsing.

Yet, when the Wall Street Journal tries to explain what is happening in Boehner’s district, they begin by talking about a bakery owner who was loyal to Boehner for years but is now on the pledge-and-salute Trump Train.

Trent Schuler, owner of the bakery founded by his grandfather in 1937, voted for Rep. John Boehner until the former House speaker quit in October. This November, he is backing the least Boehner-like candidate running for president: Donald Trump.

“At least I know I’m not getting more of the same,” Mr. Schuler said.

The Club for Growth is totally opposed to the candidacy of Donald Trump and they’ve been spending millions against him since before Iowa. They are reportedly dumping another million bucks into Florida to try to overturn the polls that currently show Trump on track to win all 99 delegates there.

You might think that Boehner’s downfall is a signal that the Freedom Caucus and other intransigent hardline conservatives are on the rise, but that’s not how things are working out exactly. If Donald Trump is going to do well in Boehner’s district, it seems like a repudiation of both Boehner and his enemies.

Martin Longman

Martin Longman is the web editor for the Washington Monthly and the main blogger at Booman Tribune.