The Republican presidential race has almost run its course.
While the anti-Trump crowd made a lot of noise, they never really attracted the kind of mainstream, establishment support that they expected.
A big part of the reason is that Ted Cruz just isn’t one of them. They could never get excited enough about Cruz to see him as preferable to Trump.
Now National Journal has a story out that admits they #nevertrump is out of gas and national party leaders are starting to accept the inevitable. The headline…
GOP Leaders Surrender to Trump
Dislike of Ted Cruz among top Republicans keeps most of them on the sidelines, paving the way for Trump to be the party’s new boss.
Behind the scenes, donors are exhausted. Even when the stakes are the highest, many are unwilling to dish out more anti-Trump dough. It’s one reason why the “Stop Trump” groups were mostly off the airwaves in the expensive Northeastern states holding primaries, given the prohibitive cost of advertising. Meanwhile, there’s little enthusiasm within Republican leadership circles to deny Trump the nomination if he comes very close to the magic 1,237 number. Trump’s past political blunders have quickly been forgotten; if he wins Indiana, it would take another epic blunder for him to blow it. With Paul Manafort and a more professional staff now on board, that’s less likely to happen again.
What makes this GOP surrender so remarkable is that, by not fighting Trump more aggressively, Republicans are acting against their own self-interest.
The fat lady has sung.
Source: National Journal