“The restaurant’s owner, Franco Nuschese, has also been turning over his nearby villa and its three acres to Juleanna Glover, the consultant and mogul whisperer, for a series of large dinner parties. Among Russian olive bushes and Italianate columns, elites who gnawed on Wagyu beef and lobster salad there, at various times earlier this month, included Suzanne Clark, the leader of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Kewsong Lee, the chief executive of the Carlyle Group; Representative Debbie Dingell of Michigan; and Norah O’Donnell, the CBS news anchor.”
Juleanna Glover: “Kellyanne did a very good job trying to masterfully impress upon us that we should expect nothing like we’ve seen before. The entire media-elite and Washington-elite expectation that we should see what’s expected out of the President-elect is misguided on every level.”
“I think that he got to the White House by being an incredibly good showman and driving a message and a narrative, and I think that a lot of what they do every single day as President-elect and as President will be about driving that same narrative and trying to tell a story to the American people about how this President-elect is different. And that’s what they elected him to do, by the way, is to be totally different.”
Juleanna Glover: “I think he’s [Donald Trump] going to be very tough to take down. When Stuart [Stevens] says that we’re going to need a chorus behind us, that’s absolutely true. I also think to take him down we’re going to have to have more and more of Congress speak out about him…. That in mind, though, I don’t expect him to go anywhere anytime soon. So, he’s going to be around for an extended period of time, and I actually don’t think anybody is going to be leaving anytime soon—March 1st, March 15, sometime after that. So, interestingly, Kasich today said that he was turning to focus on Michigan, which is March 8th. Kasich, let’s say, the expectation is that he could do very well tomorrow. If he comes out with a good head of steam but he doesn’t really have an operation in South Carolina—right now he’s polling 3, 4 percent. Say he skips South Carolina, skips Nevada, goes to Michigan, decides to make that his stand there, assumes he can do kind of well in the northeastern states that are also on March 1st, but he’s got a long ballgame to get to the blue states. I think a lot of other candidates are going to have a long ballgame too.”
[Re: New Hampshire] “I don’t think it implicitly matters this time as much as it used to. I also think there a lot of people that are focusing on what happens on Saturday night again. Obviously debates have been pivotal in this race. All the money that’s been spent, all the ads that have gone out, have not really moved numbers, but the debates have moved numbers. On Saturday night we’ll have another debate in Greenville; tiny amount of time to wait for that. I don’t think anybody’s getting out of the race before that.
“I think this is exactly how it’s going to play out. With Trumpism not really an existential threat to the Republican party right now, one thing happened—we all owe Cruz a tremendous debt of gratitude for this—is Trump is no longer going to consume the Republican party. That’s the current expectation. So, now we’re engaged in debate as to who is going to be able to beat an imminently-beatable Hillary Clinton. She’s going to likely lose tomorrow. She’s going to have a very hard slog. Donna Brazile saying it could take until May; jaws drop. Assume they don’t have a nominee until May, what’s the rush to have ours sort of weened out. Every single time these governors go up on the stage and debate, they do better and better. The governors, I think, fundamentally believe that the more they debate, the more likely it is that the foibles and inherent weaknesses of the other candidates become much more apparent. So, their incentive to go anywhere is virtually nill. As long as they have funding, and in Katich’s case, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Cruz, Kasich’s and Bush’s fundraisers get together to make sure that Christie had enough money in the bank to keep going for quite a while.”
Juleanna Glover: “I don’t think anybody is dropping out after this, no matter what the results are. The next debate, we all know is Saturday night, that’s not that far away. We already saw how badly Rubio was wounded by that. The governors that are in the race right now—Christie, Bush & Kasich—all do exceptionally well in these debate formats. And they’re going to try and do well again…. I wouldn’t be surprised if there would be a lot of Bush, Kasich and Cruz donors looking to ensure that Christie was well enough funded to stay in….”
“I think he [Ted Cruz] and his people are focusing on South Carolina. They know he’ll do middlingly well here; he’s not necessarily going to pop up and do phenomenally well. But South Carolina is where he’s going to play well. However, for Kasich or Christie, that is where I think it could be a little bit tougher going. Let’s say both of them do well coming out of New Hampshire. They get to South Carolina and—I think it was Christie’s folks who said today ‘we’r just starting to focus on South Carolina’; you needed to be focused on South Carolina months ago. And Kasich’s folks are saying they’re now focusing to pivot on Michigan—and Michigan isn’t until March 8th. So, this whole race has been totally unexpected in so many different ways, and I wonder if some people are just beginning to figure out what their next step is.”
[Re: Michael Bloomberg] “I am not a Trump fan. I think there are probably a whole lot of other conservative Republicans who are also not Trump fans. I’m not saying that we would support Bloomberg, but I do think there would be an openness to a different third-party option, should Trump be the nominee. If it’s a Trump and a very weakened Hillary—and his pollsters are telling him there’s a way to slip through there with 40, 42%—it wouldn’t be surprising.”
“‘The governor has a lot of education to do as to what his positions are among the conservative public, and I think that’s reflected in the polls. I don’t think they understand the Common Core issue,’ said Juleanna Glover, a Washingtonian who served as Vice President Dick Cheney’s spokesman and is now raising money for Jeb Bush.
“But she added, ‘I came of age under Reagan and my personal and professional ideal is to elect great conservative presidents and Gov. Bush represents that opportunity.'”