It just keeps getting worse for the GOP establishment.
The harder the Republican aristocracy tries to derail Trump, the more convincing his victories become, in a kind of self-fulfilling, status quo-destroying loop, and now that Michigan has proven just how divided the Democratic vote truly is, it seems even more likely that the brazen billionaire may indeed end up taking the oath of office.
The GOP’s preferred candidate was obviously Jeb Bush. The last name says it all. But that crashed and burned in dramatic fashion and so, the establishment shifted its support to Marco Rubio.
That worked out for all of one caucus. After a strong showing in Iowa, Rubio’s star was shot down by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who at the time was still a candidate. Here’s where it all fell apart:
On Tuesday, the upstart senator didn’t even show up. Michigan was a disaster for Rubio and now, the latest poll from Quinnipiac University shows Trump beating him in his home state by 23 points.
As Politico notes, "Rubio's campaign is working nonstop to try and win the state. The Florida senator has essentially camped out in Florida, doing back to back events throughout the state."
But it won't matter. Just like it didn't matter in New Hampshire. Or South Carolina. Or Alabama. Or Massachusetts. Or Michigan. Or anywhere else.
It's over. The only way to stop Trump now is for the deep state to literally step in and nullify the electorate's decision on the excuse that Americans have simply lost their minds in a (hopefully) temporary bout of nationalistic, frustrated insanity.
Which brings us to a rather disturbing conclusion: democracy in America is going to be hijacked either way. Either Trump capitalizes on the country's deep-seated frustrations and fears to capture an office he probably isn't prepared to hold (and we honestly don't mean that in a pejorative way), or else the political and business establishment simply denies the will of the people and refuses to allow him to become commander-in-chief.
Anyway, that's another discussion. The point for now is this: Marco Rubio is about to get "schlonged" in his home state by 20+ points. And that, in and of itself, says a lot about the mood of the American electorate.
Trump himself summed it up best: "At this point it’s pretty tough for anybody to do anything."