After Trump's huge East Coast victories, the Cruz-Kasich pact looks even less likely to work—unless they form a unity ticket.
Yes, Republicans will use them against her in the general. But she'll have more powerful ammunition.
With Trump closing in on the 1,237-delegate threshold, wresting the nomination away will seem underhanded to Republican voters.
And they will disavow every word of it on the first day of the general election.
The attack raises the frightening possibility that Trump could become president by accident.
There are a few reasons. Political calculation isn't one of them.
Until they accept that Trump is their problem, Republicans will be unable to wean themselves from the politics that gave rise to him.
If conservatives really believe Trump should be denied the presidency, they will encourage Republicans to fill the Supreme Court vacancy with all deliberate speed.
They will remember again when he loses the general election.
And the only thing that can stop it now is well-intentioned, but deeply misguided, #NeverTrump liberals.
Will the right fall in line behind him—or make #NeverTrump a rallying cry?
They raise the question of how a crooked demagogue managed to commandeer the Republican Party, almost without trying.
Nobody knows how Republicans can confront Trump better than Republicans themselves, and they have no clue.