NYT: GOP is desperate to stop Trump and can’t do it

Some interesting takeaways from this article in today’s New York Times: How desperate the Republican Party is to stop Donald Trump, how they’ve failed to get the candidates to unite in order to stop him, and the fact that Chris Christie’s endorsement of Trump had less to do with Trump than with Christie’s hatred and jealousy of Marco Rubio.

Some highlights:

Should Mr. Trump clinch the presidential nomination, it would represent a rout of historic proportions for the institutional Republican Party, and could set off an internal rift unseen in either party for a half-century, since white Southerners abandoned the Democratic Party en masse during the civil rights movement.


[Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell] has reminded colleagues of his own 1996 re-election campaign, when he won comfortably amid President Bill Clinton’s easy re-election. Of Mr. Trump, Mr. McConnell has said, “We’ll drop him like a hot rock,” according to his colleagues.


Mr. Christie had attacked Mr. Rubio contemptuously in New Hampshire, calling him shallow and scripted, and humiliating him in a debate. Nevertheless, Mr. Rubio made a tentative overture to Mr. Christie after his withdrawal from the presidential race. He left the governor a voice mail message, seeking Mr. Christie’s support and assuring him that he had a bright future in public service, according to people who have heard Mr. Christie’s characterization of the message.


Mr. Christie, 53, took the message as deeply disrespectful and patronizing, questioning why “a 44-year-old” was telling him about his future, said people who described his reaction on the condition of anonymity. Further efforts to connect the two never yielded a direct conversation.

Read the whole thing here: Inside the Republican Party’s Desperate Mission to Stop Donald Trump – The New York Times