The NY Times has a pice that reveals that Donald Trump’s handlers ARE actually concerned that one the guys circling around a possible primary run against Trump might actually run, and gain traction among Republicans….
With Trump’s polling numbers sagging in the last week?
They may be right….
Some Trump advisers are more concerned about a primary challenge than they publicly let on, as Mr. Trump faces more strain in the job than he has in many months. They are also aware that primary challenges can weaken incumbents in a general election. The most recent example was President George Bush, who faced a primary challenger from the right in 1992 from Patrick J. Buchanan, a former aide to Richard Nixon and a prominent conservative.
In Mr. Trump’s case, there is little to no space to his right for a challenger to occupy. And his lock on Republican voters has remained solid. But primaries can drain energy and resources, particularly when the president is increasingly focusing on distractions, like a feud with his 11-day communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, who has recently turned against his former boss, calling him a “demagogue” and encouraging Republicans to take a stand against him.
Some public polling has found that more than 40 percent of Republicans are open to a primary challenge to Mr. Trump.
“One of the things that is clear is that there is a high interest in an alternative,” said Sarah Longwell, a Republican strategist who has been working with Mr. Kristol on a group called Defending Democracy Together, to resist Mr. Trump from within the party.
“People say they like the economy and some of the things he’s doing on immigration and judges, but he’s divisive and doesn’t tell the truth,” Ms. Longwell added. “People have eyes. They’re very clear about who this person is. These are not the people who attend the rallies.”
Mr. Kristol, who acknowledged that he had made several efforts at recruiting a Republican to take on Mr. Trump, admitted that the race would be “David and Goliath,” with Mr. Walsh as the underdog….
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