Inside-the-beltway political journalists are quite sure that the Republican Party is on a suicide course this year. They point to the crowded field of presidential candidates, the unorthodox campaign style and rhetoric of Donald Trump, the hardball political tactics of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and the lack of a mainstream establishment candidate as reasons why the GOP is in self-destruct mode as they wrap up their primary season.
But Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, just made an announcement that flies in the face of that conventional wisdom. Politico reports that the RNC has had a record-breaking fundraising cycle hauling in $135 million including $11.5 million last month:
“The record-breaking level of grassroots support we’ve gotten this cycle is powering our ability to build a robust field organization in every battleground state,” Priebus said in a statement. “Supporters from every part of the country know Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders would drive our country further into the ditch and that we need a Republican president in the White House to pull us out.”
Of course, that good news for the RNC couldn’t possibly go without speculative commentary from The Hill. In their desire to continue the negative drumbeat on how everyone is sure Trump will ruin the GOP they claim:
The announcement comes amid chatter among some Republican fundraisers and donors that controversial businessman Donald Trump would have a difficult time winning their favor should he emerge as the party’s nominee at the Republican National Convention in July.
You see what they did there?
The fact is, by any objective criteria, the RNC is in great shape and it could very well be because of the attention drawn to this year’s presidential contest.