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AND THE GOOD NEWS IS ...
At least the Trump spectacle is separating the wheat from the chaff. And no, that doesn't mean "the establishment" and "the real conservatives" who will not accept an inch when they want a mile. Once the dust settles from the unmitigated fiasco for conservatism that is Donald Trump's campaign, the conservatives who stood up for their principles and common human decency will have nothing to be ashamed of.
But maybe that's a hollow victory when you're facing this:
GOP strategist and Bill Clinton fan* Rick Wilson laid it all on the table with this promise:
Independent Journal Review: With God As My Witness, I Will Never Vote For Donald Trump.
WHAT HAPPENED IN NEVADA LAST NIGHT?
Apparently this is OK ...
DID I EVER TELL YOU YOU'RE MY HERO ...
National Review has a not-so-implausible-in-this-completely-implausible-election scenario that goes thusly: The absolute worst happens and Trump grabs enough delegates to take the GOP nomination ... but a third-party conservative steps up to the plate to be a real option for principled voters.
It would depend almost entirely on who that candidate was. It seems unlikely that one of Trump’s vanquished rivals could mount a credible bid without the possibility of winning Texas. The ideal figure would be someone who didn’t run this year. Someone who has high name recognition and could unite anti-Trump Republicans. Someone with considerable financial resources, and ideally, a national network of longtime allies, friends, and supporters.
You already know him well:
National Review: Could a Third-Party Conservative Beat Trump in November?
A few more bites:
“Even the really dishonest press says Trump’s people are the most incredible. Sixty-eight percent would not leave under any circumstance. I think that means murder. I think it means anything.” - Donald Trump literally saying he could get away with murder, via Politico
"'I will tell you. They lied,' Trump said about the Bush Administration. 'And they said there were weapons of mass destruction and there were none. And they knew there were none.' The RNC press shop will have to agree that Dubya lied his way into the Iraq War and denounce the party’s complicity in promoting this lie. And then the RNC will need to reverse their position when Trump does the following day." - Jon Gabriel details the RNC's impossible position with a maniac like Trump as the nominee on Ricochet
"Clearly being Rubio’s Biden is not nearly as good a deal as being the actual Republican nominee this year; that goes without saying. But relative to just going home after being one of Trump’s enablers, it looks pretty good to me." - Ross Douthat makes the case for a Rubio-Kasich ticket
"There's not a snowball's chance in hell that's gonna happen." - Mitch McConnell vows not to relent on Obama's SCOTUS nomination, via Politico
*Two words: Kitten's blood.