|"Trump, Carson have months to decide on third-party runs"|
"Trump, Carson have months to decide on third-party runs",
This is both interesting and funny stuff. We've been aware of the GOP efforts to reign in all their candidates from the moment The Donald entered the race. Just think back to the first debate and all the consternation and fuss about the moderator (Kelly?) that The Donald stirred when they tried to corral him.
Then ... a pact or agreement was made where all the candidates pledged their support t party over individuals. Of course that was merely a pledge, not a contract, but still....
Now, because The Donald has caused such a stir and has been leading in the polls much longer than the GOP would like, things have ratcheted up a bit - to the point of a coup by two of the GOP candidates; Trump and Carson.
From this piece: "WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump and Ben Carson could dangle the possibility of independent runs for president well into the primary season next year, but they can't wait forever."
"State filing deadlines would give the two Republicans until about March to launch independent or third-party campaigns, experts said. That would give a well-financed campaign enough time to gather sufficient signatures on petitions so the candidate could appear on the ballot in every state."
"Starting next summer would be too late."
Probably the most important part in this piece: "An independent or third-party run by either Trump or Carson would be a nightmare for Republican leaders."
"If either or both take that step, the chances of winning the presidency would be a long shot. But one or both could siphon enough votes from the Republican nominee to hand the election to the Democrats."
"If you think about a Trump-Carson exit, then you're talking about 51 percent of the current Republican electorate, based on the polling," said Walter Stone, a political scientist at the University of California Davis."
And here are the thoughts from one expert on all that; "Karl Rove: Donald Trump Would Get 'Creamed' Up Against Hillary Clinton" / "The conservative called Donald Trump a "dream candidate" for the Democratic Party.",
From this piece: "Karl Rove, who served as an adviser to former President George W. Bush, warned Republicans that nominating Donald Trump could be a death wish for the party.
In a Wall Street Journal column published Friday, Rove acknowledged Trump's consistently strong standing among Republicans in the polls, and the impressively high percentage of backers -- 46 percent, according to a recent Quinnipiac poll -- who say they won't stray from Trump before the primaries."
"Hitting Trump for his antics -- citing the Republican presidential candidate's beef with Fox News host Megyn Kelly and insults of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for being captured in Vietnam -- Rove lamented that there's seemingly no line Trump can cross to lose the backing of his loyal supporters, who "eat up stuff like that."
"But in a matchup against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in the general election, Rove wrote, Trump would get "creamed." He called Trump a "dream candidate" for the Democratic Party."
I have to admit, this is one of the most interesting Presidential campaigns I've seen and we have The Donald to thank for it. He has everyone flummoxed.
One can't help but wonder what would happen IF the GOP decided to, as Carson accused, manipulate who wins the 2016 nomination. One can't help but wonder how the GOP would handle the consequences, and if unfavorable as thought, would that be the final straw pushing the current GOP leadership out (just like what happened to Boner).