Civil war has erupted in the Republican Party, and the Republican establishment is in full-blown panic mode.  Donald Trump was never supposed to get this far, and now party insiders are scrambling to come up with a plan to block him from securing the nomination before the convention.  After winning seven states on Super Tuesday, you would think that the Republican Party would be rallying around Trump and preparing for a tough general election battle with Hillary Clinton.  Instead, the goal is now to stop Trump at all costs.

It is amazing to me that a candidate that is openly at war with the Republican Party establishment, Fox News, Glenn Beck and a whole bunch of other prominent conservative pundits is running away with the race for the nomination.  If someone would have told me this a year ago, I never would have believed it.

But the war is far from over.  Special interest groups are going to pour tens of millions of dollars into an all-out attempt to defeat Trump, and the mainstream media is going to continue to try to smear him however they can.

Normally, any candidate that was forced to endure such withering attacks would be done by now.  But Trump has just continued to roll on, and his momentum appears to be unstoppable.  Moving forward, the Republican establishment has four main options that it can try in an attempt to stop Trump…

#1 Marco Rubio – The establishment could put everything that they have into pumping up Marco Rubio’s failing campaign, but it might be too late.  Just like Jeb Bush, Rubio doesn’t really inspire anyone, and his reputation of being robotic is well deserved.  The main reason many Republicans are voting for him is because they don’t like Trump or Ted Cruz.  Rubio is already way behind in the delegate race, and if he doesn’t win his home state of Florida later this month, it is hard to see any possible way that he is going to be able to block a Trump nomination.

#2 Mitt Romney – Have you noticed that Mitt Romney has started to make a lot of waves over the past week or so?  There are reports that suggest that if Marco Rubio does not win the state of Florida that Rubio will drop out and Romney will enter the race.  At that point it would be difficult for Romney to accumulate the delegates that he would need to clinch the nomination before the convention, but if he could win big states such as New York, California and New Jersey, Romney could keep Trump from getting the delegates that he needs to secure the nomination ahead of time.  That would lead to a brokered convention, and such a scenario would almost certainly mean that Romney would come out as the nominee.

At first a lot of people dismissed these whispers about Romney, but now that Romney has been relentlessly attacking Trump these reports are being taken a lot more seriously.  And according to NBC News, Mitt Romney is scheduled to deliver a speech on “the state of the 2016 presidential race” tomorrow…

Mitt Romney, the Republican Party’s presidential nominee in 2012, will deliver an address Thursday on “the state of the 2016 presidential race.”

In a news release sent to press, no further details on what he will say were provided. But aides to the former Massachusetts governor say they expect him to speak out against Donald Trump, and praise Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and John Kasich. Romney’s comments will be focused on “the state of the race,” likely echoing past criticism of Trump for failing to release his tax returns, and not decisively distancing himself from the Klu Klux Klan.

#3 Independent Campaign – There had always been speculation that Donald Trump would try an independent campaign if he did not get the nomination, but now it is Republican insiders that are seriously considering going this route.

Of course an independent campaign would be far from easy to pull off.  Just trying to get on the ballot in all 50 states is a logistical nightmare, and over the years the Republicans and the Democrats have made sure that the rules are heavily stacked against anyone else.

In addition, an independent campaign mounted by Republicans would almost certainly split the conservative vote, and that leads us to option four…

#4 Throw The Campaign To Hillary – This may sound completely and utterly bizarre, but the truth is that most establishment Republicans are far more comfortable with Hillary Clinton than they are with either Donald Trump or Ted Cruz.

By disavowing Donald Trump or mounting an independent bid, many establishment Republicans think that they may be able to keep control of both houses of Congress even if Hillary Clinton wins the presidential election.

Plus, many Republican members of Congress are right on the same page with Hillary when it comes to foreign policy, free trade, immigration and other key issues.

Sadly, if it came right down to a choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, a lot of establishment Republicans would willingly choose Hillary.  Just consider the following anecdote from Infowars.com

In November WND reported a lunch hosted by former US Ambassador to the European Union Rockwell Schnabel.

“In attendance in a private dining room of the Hotel Bel-Air were powerful donors said to include Ronald Spogli, the venture capitalist and former ambassador to Italy under President George W. Bush; his business partner Bradford Freeman” and former Los Angeles Mayor Dick Riordan.

The donors were reportedly asked a hypothetical question: “If it was Donald Trump running against Hillary Clinton, who would you vote for?”

“One version has it that most of the Republicans at the table put their hands up for Clinton,” The Hill reported.

All of this shows me that there is absolutely no hope for the Republican Party.

If they can’t unite now, after eight years of Barack Obama and potentially facing four years of Hillary Clinton, when will they be able to get their act together?

The fact that establishment Republicans seem far more freaked out about four years of Donald Trump than they do about four years of Hillary Clinton says an awful lot.

Sadly, the Republican establishment is not even willing to rally around Ted Cruz because they hate him almost as much as they hate Donald Trump.  They would much rather deal with “President Hillary” than either Trump or Cruz, and so that is quite likely what America is going to get…

Article reposted with permission from End of the American Dream.

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