Former Romney staffer and self-described Libertarian Michael Wille lied his way into a Donald Trump focus group conducted by Republican spinmeister Frank Luntz. Wille tried to talk some sense into the 28 Trumpers in the room, but he found them “delusional” and “so pissed off at the establishment they want to send a message no matter what.”
Wille is convinced Trump voters will fracture the GOP and cost the party its third straight Presidential election. And Wille says that bad medicine is just what the GOP deserves:
“I want him to get the nomination to get completely destroyed in the general. The older generation in my party needs to understand we can’t have this pro-war, anti-immigrant nonsense anymore… we need to lose this [election] in order to ever win again,” Wille said. “He needs to get destroyed in order for us to understand the path forward. Hillary is probably going to be the next president, and I don’t like that at all.”
…“We haven’t learned the lesson from that  election—we’ve gone the exact opposite direction. We’re never going to win again unless we trend more libertarian,” Wille said [Tim Mak, “‘I Trolled Trump at a Frank Luntz Focus Group’,” The Daily Beast, 2015.12.13].
Wille puts the prospect of a Clinton landslide over Trump a bit more confidently than pollsters. The current Real Clear Politics poll averages have Clinton leading Trump by just 3.3 percentage points… but the only poll showing Trump ahead is from FOX News.
But suppose Wille is right. Should we South Dakota Democrats help the GOP along its path toward disaster by re-registering as Republicans for the June primary and giving Donald Trump a few more crucial delegates to fight the machinations of the Republican convention brokers? Would Trump at the top of the ticket help Democrats down-ticket in South Dakota?
Or could the Trump judo work the other way in South Dakota? Suppose the GOP gives the anti-establishment crowd something to shout about by ceding the nomination to Donald Trump. Knowing that South Dakota’s electoral votes won’t make a difference in the Presidential race, could we Democrats fan those flames and tell the Trump die-hards, “You bet, show up and vote for Donald… and while you’re at it, vote against the South Dakota establishment by voting out all of your incumbent legislators”?