Internal GOP Politics and the Trump Problem
The NYT has a long, but worthwhile piece on the internal difficulties that the Republican Party is having to face as the Trump nomination comes closer to irrevocable reality: Inside the Republican Party’s Desperate Mission to Stop Donald Trump.
I highly recommend it. As I keep noting to friends, the GOP’s current situation is quite fascinating from a political science point of view (although the chance of a Trump presidency is wholly disconcerting from my POV as a citizen–that and that fact that a not insignificant portion of my fellow Americans think a President Trump is a good idea).
I won’t excerpt the piece, but I was very much struck by the following:
Should Mr. Trump clinch the presidential nomination, it would represent a rout of historic proportions for the institutional Republican Party, and could set off an internal rift unseen in either party for a half-century, since white Southerners abandoned the Democratic Party en masse during the civil rights movement.