I am being polite in the headline, which should read, "Trump does not need Never Trump." This follows up my Saturday post, "Never Trump will never hurt Trump." Trigger warning: There is math in that post.
Trump is running as a third-party candidate. He got what he wanted from the Republican Party: Ballot access in all 50 states and DC. Thank you very much. Now go away and let Trump and his supporters -- who will reach a majority by Cleveland -- change the course of the party and nation. The new party mandate is Make America Great Again. We will.
If he learned anything from Colorado, Trump will appoint the 538 electors in the Electoral College on the Republican slates to avoid any nasty "faithless elector" who could (the odds are long) toss the election into the House of Representatives, where who knows what would happen.
His game plan is to win two-thirds of the Republican vote, two-thirds of the independent vote, and one-third of the Democratic vote. That would give him a 55%-44% landslide.
That's his plan. The reality is he will do better among Republicans and not meet those benchmarks among independents and Democrats. But we shall see. Those saying Clinton will schlong him also told us last year that Trump had no chance in hell of winning the nomination. Voters said otherwise.
The Republican Party belongs to Trump and his supporters now. He is Reagan to the Never Trump crowd's Ford. They can claim to be the only conservatives left till all the gills fall off all the fish, but now they are now the Republicans In Name Only. Trump fixed it to where he does not need the endorsement of Romney or the Bush dynasty. In fact, their endorsements would hurt him by making him seem establishment. He isn't. She is.
Reporters by and large do not get it. And I suspect the Cruz picks in Trump delegate slots will create some childish havoc in Cleveland. Later, tales will arise of how a Republican Congress will thwart him. Yes, just like they stopped Obama.
Next February I expect Trump to deliver the State of the Union with his vice president and the House speaker behind him -- and that speaker will not be Paul Ryan, even if he is re-elected.
My book on the nomination process is due out in June.