ANY FIGHTING CHANCE FOR ESTABLISHMENT REPUBLICAN RECONCILIATION WITH THEIR PRESUMPTIVE NOMINEE, AS DONALD TRUMP WINS WEST VIRGINIA AND NEBRASKA?
Mr. Trump has been winning caucuses and primaries and with the exit of Ted Cruz and John Kasich a little over a week ago from the race for the 2016 White House, the remaining states’ contests appear all the more uncontested; an open country for the love of the Republican rank and file, to do whatever he pleases to clinch the party’s nomination. If the establishment Republicans’ traditional mindset is not in consonance with the type of candidate going to represent the party in the November contest, maybe it is time for them to shift priorities; or adopt the status and policies of the presumptive flag bearer who has been supported by over ten million republicans, no matter how uncomfortable and unorthodox his campaign strategy has been. Establishment Republicans had largely ignored the possibility of Mr. Trump being their party’s flag bearer, pushing their various, ‘Not Trump’ candidates in the race, to defeat Mr. Trump at the States’ caucuses and primaries over the past six or nine months. Unfortunately, or fortunately, there had been a huge shift between where the rank and file of the party stands and where the establishment Republicans stand, since the 2012 elections, or probably before. To a large extent, outsiders to the Republican Party believe the 2016 Republican nomination contest has resorted to an emotionally laden imbroglio between Republican rank and file and the country-club Establishment Republican elites, who feel their place within the party is largely being eroded by Donald Trump’s unconventional campaign strategy.