Last night, what pundits said was impossible became reality: after a second place finish in the Indiana primary, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz dropped out, leaving billionaire businessman Donald Trump nearly unopposed in his run to the GOP nomination this summer.
For the GOP establishment, this was nothing short of a disaster. Nearly a year spent trying to derail a man who was self-funding his way to the nomination, and how did that end for them? Not only did they not derail Trump, they seemed to make him stronger.
And these efforts were mostly led by Reince Priebus, chair of the Republican National Committee. So, is he still holding out hope for a contested convention or a white knight?
Nope. In fact, the RNC chairman tweeted his capitulation shortly after Cruz announced he was withdrawing from the race.
— Reince Priebus (@Reince) May 4, 2016
While one can imagine the tears falling on Reince Priebus’ iPhone as he tweeted that, he has no one but himself to blame.
Priebus became the chairman of the RNC in January of 2011. In that five years, he’s presided over a slow-motion train wreck of capitulation and squandered opportunities.
Last time, the Republican Party gave us Mitt Romney as a standard-bearer. He was a miserable flop. This year, those in the GOP elite thought what we needed was more of the same.
So we cycled through a host of establishment-approved clunkers, starting with Jeb (Jeb!) Bush. However, his frog-like mien and listless demeanor combined with a complete lack of spine or desire for meaningful change doomed him from the start.
That’s when they decided they were going to settle on another Floridian, Sen. Marco Rubio. That seemed to work for a while, as “Lil’ Marco” became a media darling.
Only one problem, though: The media doesn’t vote in Republican primaries. Republicans do, and they weren’t terribly thrilled with Marco’s support for amnesty and establishment policies. A series of disappointments piled up, and Rubio was quickly out of the race.
That’s when the establishment swallowed their pride and started backing Sen. Ted Cruz in a half-hearted attempt to throw things to a contested convention.
Say what you will about how Cruz ran his campaign against Trump, he’s a man whose convictions in the Senate are beyond reproach. However, the cynicism of the GOP establishment in supporting Cruz was apparent, and voters simply didn’t buy him as an effective anti-establishment type.
Throughout the campaign, support for one man has grown: Donald Trump. All of the predictions about the “Trump ceiling” or a blowout in November have proven so far to be false. The establishment has failed.
Now, it’s time for the party to unite behind its presumptive nominee — just like the establishment has been forced to call for.
H/T The Gateway Pundit
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