But first, an editorial comment:
Finally, Trump stands alone (I don't count Kasich) and the world of the GOP Establishment is filled with spinning heads. Bill Crystal, George Will, Jeb Bush and others, have no intentions of supporting Trump. But worse than that, these folks appear willing to work for Trumps defeat in the coming election, hoping, when it is all said and done, that they can come in, pick up the peaces, and reconstruct the GOP into a viable, political institution . . . . . as before.
Problem: The millions of folks who have and will support a Trump candidacy will never come back the GOP if the same leadership and bullshit are in place. And without a voting base, you have no power. In that reality, the GOP will never be the same.
Trump is not the beginning, he is the end of a 10 year rebellion within the voting ranks of the GOP.
A brief history of the "rebellion."
2006 to the Present Time:
Leadership had more than fair warning. "Smaller government" was always and only an empty leadership promise. A "Balanced budget" was won during the Clinton years, but, lost with the succeeding GOP leadership, leadership turning its back on responsible money management at the highest level. And no one stood against the tide of the incoming socialist threat/take over.
So, in 2006, the conservative activist base stayed away from the polls, and the GOP lost its hold on the Senate and the House.
But lessons were not learned, and in 2008, the GOP leadership ran McCain, another enemy to the conservative cause. More people stayed away, and the Progressive Socialist Party won the presidency and super majorities in the House and Senate. Still, incredibly, the lesson was not learned. In 2010, the Teaparty had risen and won the midterm election, giving the House back to the GOP . . . . yet Boehner inconceivably denied any role of leadership to teaparty folks. 2012, Mitt ran with Establishment support, and millions stayed away, again. And, again, the lesson of compromise with the teaparty was ignored. 2014, the conservative base won the midterms in record setting style . . . . . . . and the McConnell/Boehner cabal ignored the conservative base . . . . . . . . . . and that base, today, is saying, "Go to hell. Party politics and ideology mean little to us, because it got us nothing."
Trump came onto the seen . . . . . . and the clowns in the GOP Establishment do not realize what has happened to them. Putting the party back together, again, may be something that unites them, but what good will that be when your voting base has left the building . . . . . . and it has.
Trump has not won me over, yet, but I am much further away from the leadership of those I once trusted than I am from him. Mark Levin rails but ran to Trump in the very beginning of his campaign. George Wills, is a noted "intellectual" in the GOP, a man I still respect . . . . . . except in this case, and is so over whelmed with his own political bias, that he has actually lost IQ percentages. I do not understand "stupid," especially when smart people commit to the practice. But I do understand that the thirst for political power is going to drive some I once admired, over the edge and into oblivion.
So we wait to see what Trump has in mind. He has surrounded himself with a host of very serious conservatives, folks willing to play a "conservative populace" role. Folks like Scott Brown, Sarah Palin, Dr Ben Carson, Jeff Sessions, Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich and others . . . . . men and women who will help to keep him close to the farm.
Oh, I almost forgot. Here is that article by Sabato: