slight change of heart:
Rubio reiterated that he’s not making an endorsement but will support the Republican nominee in the general election. He said Trump’s “performance has improved significantly” in recent weeks.
Talk about "damned with faint praise."
Rubio is not the only one who has caved to pressure to accept Trump's inevitable nomination:
“We've had enough intraparty fighting. Now's the time to stitch together a winning coalition,” said Jon Huntsman, the former governor of Utah. “And it's been clear almost from the beginning that Donald Trump has the ability to assemble a nontraditional bloc of supporters. … The ability to cut across traditional party boundaries — like '80, '92 and 2008 — will be key, and Trump is much better positioned to achieve that.”
And to think I used to kind of respect John Huntsman's integrity.
However acceptance of his nomination is not enough to convince a number of Republicans to share the ticket with Donald Trump.
Courtesy of the New York Times:
It’s a time-honored tradition for politicians to deny any interest in the vice presidency. But this year, with the possibility of Donald J. Trump as the Republican nominee, they really mean it.
“Never,” said Chris Schrimpf, a spokesman for Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, who is still running against Mr. Trump. “No chance.”
“Hahahahahahahahaha,” wrote Sally Bradshaw, a senior adviser to Jeb Bush, when asked if he would consider it.
“Scott Walker has a visceral negative reaction to Trump’s character,” said Ed Goeas, a longtime adviser to the Wisconsin governor.
Or, as Senator Lindsey Graham put it, “That’s like buying a ticket on the Titanic.”
A remarkable range of leading Republicans, including Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina and Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, have been emphatic publicly or with their advisers and allies that they do not want to be considered as Mr. Trump’s running mate.
No worries, I'm sure that Meatloaf or Dennis Rodman would be more than happy to join the ticket.
Personally I am not sure that there is really any way for the Republican party to coalesce around a clown like Donald Trump.
I think we are seeing the beginning of the end of the Republican party as we know it.
That could be a good thing, or a very very bad thing.