Stephen Hayes of the neoconservative flagship, Weekly Standard was not happy as he watched Donald Trump roll to large victories in all 5 primaries on Tuesday. His magazine has been at the center of the anti-Trump movement and Hayes one of its leading voices.
He predicted that a third party bid while appearing on Fox News on election night (VIDEO Below):
“I think then you will start to hear, if Ted Cruz loses Indiana, I think then you will hear more talk about a potential independent bid, about a third party, about other ways outside the Republican primary to stop Donald Trump.”
His boss, editor and founder Bill Kristol, has gone so far as to put forward names of potential candidates including freshman Arkansas senator Tom Cotton, Mitt Romney, or Marco Rubio. Of course, both Romney and Rubio have already failed with voters so Kristol’s third party run would be nothing more than a suicide mission.
On the Kubler-Ross Model of the stages of grief this is stage 3: bargaining. Expect depression to set in over the next few weeks and only then, acceptance. Because Trump was right when he said, “It’s over.” He’s too far ahead to be denied the nomination by an insider conspiracy.