Spotted in Pence’s New York City hotel Friday morning: Marc Short, former chief of staff to Pence during his Congressional years, Koch fundraiser, Rubio operative, and anti-Trump schemer.
Having breakfast in lobby of Pence's hotel this morning: Marc Short, Pence campaign manager Marty Obst & dep. campaign manager Marc Lotter
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) July 15, 2016
What is anti-Trump Short doing, dining in Pence’s hotel after Pence has been selected for vice president?
Short previously ran the Koch Brother’s Freedom Partners, which raised $250 million from anonymous donors in 2012 alone. Despite the massive cash inflow, Republicans failed to take back the Senate in 2012 and of course, Romney/Ryan failed to make Obama a one-term president.
As president of Freedom Partners, Short recognized a winner in Trump. And was determined to stop him: in February Short met with Charles Koch to present an eight-figure plan to take down Trump before his momentum steamrolled everyone else in the field.
The secret meeting didn’t end well for Short:
But there was an unwelcome surprise awaiting the Freedom Partners delegation inside a conference room at Koch Industries headquarters: A number of top executives and advisers from across the Koch enterprise had been invited to attend the meeting, too. They represented the so-called “corporate side” of Koch World, which had long warred with the “political side” of the empire, particularly over the consequences of the brothers’ campaign-related activities.
And there was another surprise in store: After the Freedom Partners operatives presented their proposal, Charles, whose money and approval his aides were soliciting, asked everyone present to cast an up-or-down vote. Most were vehemently opposed, but Charles still had the last word. He shrugged: The majority, he said, had spoken.
The meeting, reported here for the first time, confirmed what some Koch insiders had begun to suspect: That the brothers’ political decision-making was increasingly being influenced by their business and public-relations interests, and that as a result, their investments in electoral politics at the federal level were diminishing. While the vote-taking that day was unexpected, several of those present say, the outcome was not.
A week later Short left Freedom Partners to work for loser Rubio’s campaign, telling colleagues he looked forward to “being in the fight” as the Kock Brothers retreated from influencing national politics and return to pouring money into policy-advocacy projects.
Why is a Conservatism Inc. figurehead in Pence’s hotel? Is the Trump campaign aware? Was Trump forced to cut a deal with Conservatism Inc. and accept Pence as his vice president as #NeverTrump plots to work against him even before he’s elected president?
Reducing immigration and proposing Constitutional restrictions on Islamic immigration has stuck in the craw of Big Business backers like Short who will seemingly go to any length to let more cheap labor redistribute profits from employees to business owners.
Why did Trump win Midwestern primaries handily if he’s terrible with Midwesterners and needs Pence to boost him? Trump lost Wisconsin, cuckservatism’s home base, along with Ohio, where the party machine turned out the votes for Governor John Kasich.
But his decisive victory in Indiana that put the nails in the coffin for Ted Cruz’s campaign, plus wins in Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, Nebraska, and South Dakota, means Trump’s message of law and order, immigration controls, and better trade deals resonates with Midwestern voters who don’t need to be enticed with the addition of a middling governor on the ticket.
Polls in Ohio now show him tied with Clinton’s. Romney/Ryan easily won Kansas’s six electoral votes in 2012 and Trump will surely do the same. Iowa went for Obama twice but Romney gained on the president in 2012. Recent polls show Trump only three points behind Clinton. Does he need Pence to put him over the top?
Pence isn’t faring very well in his re-election race, either. A May poll showed only 40 percent in Indiana approved of the job he was doing as governor, with 42 percent disapproving. He maintains only a six point lead over his Democratic opponent.
The mainstream media will repeatedly bash Pence over the head with his denunciation of Trump’s Muslim ban. Pence appeared nervous and uncertain even during a softball interview with Sean Hannity where he explained he’s “very supportive” of stopping immigration where “terrorists’ influence and impact represents a threat to the United States.”
Pence’s endorsement of Cruz was tepid and made no waves in Indiana. He went out of his way to praise Trump as well. Who’s pulling Pence’s strings?
Will the soft-spoken, tea party standard-bearer Pence fall in line behind Trump and deflect rapid media attacks? Or does the presence of Short mean there’s something afoot? Are anti-Trump Republicans hoping to impeach Trump and install Pence as a cuck-in-chief to pass amnesty and TPP under globalist House Speaker Ryan?