The Republican establishment is acting collectively like spoiled children. They are used to getting their way in Presidential matters; Mitt Romney and John McCain being the most recent examples. But this year, the voters have made up their minds; by an overwhelming majority they have chosen Donald Trump.
The reaction? Initially, it was a refusal to accept he could become the nominee. When asked whether they would support Mr. Trump as the Republican nominee, the standard formula was to reply that he wouldn’t achieve that goal.
Now that Mr. Trump is rapidly becoming the presumptive nominee, conservatives are holding secret meetings to plot against their members’, that is the voters, selection. If conservatives don’t want full-scale war at their convention, they had better wrap their minds around Trump leading the ticket.
Mr. Trump was only speaking figuratively, but his supporters are so outspoken, there actually would be riots on the floor if they tried to steal a fairly won lead in delegates from him. It would make for very good television, but the media swarming around the convention floor would have no trouble playing up the dramatic moments in all their smoked-filled-room glory.
Republican leaders had better accept Mr. Trump’s ascendancy, or they really will split their party into a million pieces.