|So that's the way it's gonna be huh?|
Republican leaders adamantly opposed to Donald Trump’s candidacy are preparing a 100-day campaign to deny him the presidential nomination, starting with an aggressive battle in Wisconsin’s April 5 primary and extending into the summer, with a delegate-by-delegate lobbying effort that would cast Trump as a calamitous choice for the general election.
Recognizing that Trump has seized a formidable advantage, they say that an effort to block him would rely on an array of desperation measures, the political equivalent of guerrilla war.
There is no longer room for error or delay, the anti-Trump forces say, and without a flawlessly executed plan of attack, he could well become unstoppable.
But should that effort falter, leading conservatives are prepared to field an independent candidate in the general election, to defend Republican principles and offer traditional conservatives an alternative to Trump’s hard-edged populism. They described their plans in interviews after Trump’s victories Tuesday in Florida and three other states.
The group did not seem terribly keen on throwing their support behind Ted Cruz or John Kasich, instead talking about recruiting folks like Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn or, get this, Rick Perry who dropped out of the race early on.
They are also considering running a third party candidate if they fail to stop Trump.
In other words this is going to be an actual civil war within the Republican party, and that can only bode well for the Democratic candidate in the general.
Which, by the way, is another reason that I want the Democratic nomination process to end quickly.
One of our main selling points right now as a party is that we are the grown ups in the room, maintaining our dignity and trusting in the process.
However if Bernie Sanders decides to take his fight all the way to the Democratic convention, which he has threatened, we lose our edge, and end up seeming just as discombobulated as the Republicans.