So far Donald Trump's most heated opposition comes from his own party. Well, let me qualify that. The Republican Party hasn't been Trump's party for very long, so it might be a stretch to call it his own party. In any event, there has been a group of elite media Republicans who consider themselves "principled conservatives" and who have been positively vitriolic in their opposition to Donald Trump.
Los Angeles (CNN) National Review, the conservative magazine founded by William F. Buckley, published a special issue on Friday opposing Donald Trump's bid for the presidency.
The cover -- with the headline "Against Trump" -- was tweeted by the magazine on Thursday night.
The issue features a blistering editorial that labels Trump a threat to conservatism, as well as essays by 22 prominent conservative thinkers from various ideological factions, in opposition to Trump's candidacy.
But now Republican winds may be shifting in Trumps direction. Karl Rove's Super PAC, American Crossroads, is telling its donors that it can see a way for Trump to win the White House.
[T]he super PAC conceived by Rove is suggesting to its donors that it can help Trump win the White House and save Republican senators whose reelection bids could be jeopardized by having Trump at the top of the ticket.
The apparent warming of the American Crossroads super PAC and its sister groups to Trump has become evident in its recent communications with donors, including a Tuesday afternoon “investor conference call,” according to multiple sources familiar with the outreach.
The phone call — which featured Rove, Crossroads officials and a pollster — laid out swing state polling and electoral map analysis done by the group showing circumstances in which Trump could beat Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner, in a general election, according to three sources briefed on the call.
This is not to say that trump has won them over to his side.
Crossroads spokesman Ian Prior rejected suggestions that the group, which is officially neutral in the GOP presidential primary, is supporting Trump.
Rather, he said, Crossroads in recent weeks has merely been studying the race more closely, assessing ways to defeat Clinton, and increasingly concluding that Trump’s prospects aren’t as bleak as many believe.
I give American Crossroads credit for understanding the stakes. A Hillary presidency would be far more damaging to America than Trump. Hillary would institutionalize lawless, politically driven federal agencies. It's all about defeating the criminal Hillary Clinton.