I swear that GOP establishment has had a brain tumor for breakfast (stole that line from "Heathers") and has for the last few weeks. I understand why they hate Cruz, basically, he doesn't like them and won't give them jobs in the White House even if he wins. So based on their calculus, if he loses they lose and if he wins, they lose. So in opposing Cruz they are operating in their own self-interest albeit the self-interest of people who have no true guiding principles but their self-interest nonetheless.
What I don't get though is
why they are piling in with Trump (Dole, Grassley etc.) and against Cruz
right before the Iowa caucuses. In my honest opinion as an armchair
quarterback and political junkie with no actual political experience, I
think that Cruz is stoppable after Iowa but Trump simply isn't. So
let's say Cruz wins in Iowa, the Trump bubble might finally pop and one
of the "establishment" candidates might finally get some oxygen for
their campaign. Then the establishment can start their "kill Cruz"
campaign and pile into JEB, Christie, Rubio or Kasich, whoever is
looking strongest. They can also pressure the others to drop out so it
becomes a one on one contest which would even the playing field a
little. And while the initial calendar does favor Cruz with so many red
states voting initially, we are talking a delegate battle and there is a
way to stop him from amassing the necessary delegates prior to the
convention. The chance isn't anywhere near 100% but there is a chance
to stop him.
Now what if Trump wins Iowa? Then he gets
a momentum boost in NH and then that boost helps him pretty much run
the table in most states and then we are stuck with Donald Trump as the
nominee. I realize many in the establishment would prefer Trump to Cruz
but wouldn't they rather have Rubio or Christie instead?
they should be doing is piling onto Trump right now, letting everyone
know all of the horrible comments he has made over the years to really
chip away at any evangelicals who are behind him now. Then once his
bubble is popped (hopefully), THEN they should turn on Cruz to try to
get one of their own elected. Seriously, are these people complete