A local Republican I know likes to use the phrase "return to the norm" in reference to life's aversion to extremes, but will that happen with today's GOP where the establishment in frantically turning to a man light on gravitas and with a resume similar to Barack Obama.
All sorts of insiders and the donor class from Jeb! is turning to Marco Rubio. Meanwhile Ted Cruz is under increased fire while the party also wants Governor John Kasich to relent. They like Ben Carson staying in as his following is not Rubio friendly.
While insiders are also quietly opening talks with TeamTrump in case he wins, the establishment will take anyone over Trump, who represents rank and file repudiation of the elites.
The irony ? Old guard support and big money has been discredited this year.
If there's no change by March 15, Mr. Trump will likely have enough delegates he can't be stopped.
Next move ? A discrete offer to Mr. Kasich to be Senator Rubio's running mate to buy him out. I don't know why a sitting Governor would want to play the "heartbeat away' role at age 66, and likely feels any deal should be the other way around. Mr. Rubio may find that hard to accept but it could play out that way. Of course, Kasich or Rubio may end up being Mr. Trump's number 2.
Let's see what happens tonight in the Nevada caucus, which could give Mr. Trump a symbolic boost into next Tuesday when eleven states weigh in.