After Donald Trump decisively won the Indiana primary, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, along with others, started referring to the victor as the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.
Some joined in the call to rally behind Trump. His last two standing rivals — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich — suspended their campaigns, legal spin used to quit running but still get funding.
That declaration by Priebus added a new level of fretting to many grand old members of the Grand Old Party, as well as scads of others already agitating in the vacuous “anyone but Trump” movement. Trump’s win and Priebus’s anointment intensified the clarion call to find and run a third-party candidate who would save the party, if not the republic.
Let me cease to bury the lead any longer. To paraphrase Pogo, we have met the third-party candidate, and he is Trump.
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