And finally, they’ll implant their own choice as the consensus unifier— John Kasich or Marco Rubio or Scott Walker, now that Paul Ryan has demurred.
He knows the cabal is laying in wait to use the soon-to-be-infamous rule 40(b)—a nominee must have the majority of voting delegates in at least eight states—to validate the coup despite 16 million voters who by then would have pulled the Trump lever over the others.
“The best dealmakers know the value publicity can add… to close a deal.” Donald Trump has rewritten the political playbook on controlling message by compelling attention and commanding the stage 24/7.
Failing that, Trump may even publicly declare he’ll serve only one term devoted to getting the country back on track, then throw it to Cruz to complete the assignment.
If you know anything about Donald Trump, he’s already thinking three clicks down the road about how to make all of this happen in Cleveland, before the unsuspecting brokers of GOP power.