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GOP Establishment's Plan A to Take Down Trump: Wait. There Is No Plan B

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (AP Photo/Willis Glassgow)

The Washington Post has a fascinating article up about the Republican Party establishment’s plans to take down Donald Trump. In short?

There is no plan.

Well, perhaps that’s not entirely fair. Plan A is to wait for the Trump campaign to implode. This view is put into words by Frank VanderSloot, chief executive of a large nutritional-supplement company and a backer of Senator Marco Rubio:

It’s just going to take a little time for people to take a step back and look at his track record, see who he is and how he’s changed his positions and how unprepared he is to be president of the United States.

The alternative to this plan– Plan B — is… well, nothing. Sure, the WaPo says, there are some SuperPACs that have decided to go to war against Trump, but most Republican insiders believe such attempts are all doomed to fail.

One party strategist privy to recent research on Trump voters said that none of the messages tested swayed them — including his past support for universal health care or fond words about Bill and Hillary Clinton.

“They’re in­cred­ibly angry, and he’s the first guy in their mind who speaks to that anger in a visceral way,” said the strategist, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the findings. “They have a deep longing for that.”

A Bush insider adds that the campaign believes Trump can’t be damaged by outside forces, but only by voters themselves. They believe this is likely to happen as the primaries proceed.

And if it doesn’t? Well, I guess that means that the establishment will lose these elections. Big time.