UK wrote:The GOP is [expletive] up enough to where Trump right now has a legit shot of being the nominee. This isn't July and primary voting is right around the corner with little to fluctuate votes between now and then.
Who cares that it's not July? He has no backing from the party itself; it's just not going to happen. If he somehow miraculously pushes past and sustains his previous polling peaks, fine, but he's largely been in a slightly fluctuating holding pattern for a while now. Rubio makes WAY too much sense for the party to not back at this point; he's been steadily trending upwards for a long time, he's a safe pick, he brings in voters outside of their usual demographic and he's polling well against Clinton. He's much more dangerous than Trump if you're actually worried about the Republicans sneaking out a win for the White House.
Trump is the cartoon villain that people love to clutch their pearls over, but he's kind of doing the Republicans a favor at this point; someone like Rubio can come out and be appealingly "moderate" while still falling way to the Right by simply not being as insanely moronic as Trump.