Given the ridiculous amount of gridlock we’ve experienced in Congress during the last six years of Obama’s presidency, you’d think that folks would have an appetite for one side or the other to get enough political power to break it. Certainly, that’s Democrats’ ambition, but it’s no longer true for the Republican donor class.

Hundreds of millions of dollars that Republican groups had been poised to spend in the 2016 presidential election are now increasingly likely to move into Senate and House races, as many big donors look to distance themselves from the party’s presumptive nominee, Donald J. Trump.

It’s clear now that Big Money Republicans are ready to concede the presidency, and they’re preparing to deal with a Clinton administration with as much obstruction as possible. Never mind that the country has come to loath Congress just as much as they loath cockroaches, chiggers, and herpes.

Insofar as the Establishment, or the elites, or the financially successful have lost the good will and trust of the people, they ought to get the message that more gridlock is a recipe for sharpened guillotines and stockpiled pitchforks, but nothing can shake them from their belief that they can manage this discontent by showering money on the Republican Party and making nice with a centrist Democratic administration.

Actually, they’re not going to play nicely with Clinton. They’re going to stand aside and let her get elected and then they’re going to claim that she’s worse than Fidel Castro. That’s their plan, anyway, but their plans haven’t been working out so well, lately.

I wouldn’t place a whole lot of money on things turning out the way they hope.

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Martin Longman is the web editor for the Washington Monthly. See all his writing at