It is perhaps the height of madness to make a prediction about the Republican Presidential nominee, given all the upheaval that has happened this year, but Green Eagle, always ready to step in where wiser people fear to tread, is going to make his prediction about how things will turn out. And if, as is perhaps inevitable, this is all comically wrong, well, it wont be the first time for me.
I want to begin with an observation about the feelings of the Republican "mainstream," i.e. the majority of Republican leaders who have been bought and paid for by the 100 or so hyper rich families that have controlled the party for a couple of decades now. Contrary to what just about everyone has been saying, I do not think they are opposed to the presence of Trump one bit; and here is why: I believe they see him performing a very useful task, which is to see that no other wacko right wing candidate can get any air at all, so that there is no danger of one of them (read Ted Cruz here, who they really hate) gets any real traction beyond his factional base. I believe that the rich Republicans feel that they can get Trump out any time they want to, particularly because, as a billionaire, he is one of them, and in the end is going to see things the same way they do. So, these rich sociopaths can save their money for the general election.
So, who is left standing when that happens? Well, I think two of the formerly possible "mainstream" candidates (i.e. the ones who have the sense to keep their mouths shut about what they really intend to do once they are elected,) i.e. Scott Walker and Marco Rubio, have already demonstrated their inability to survive a general election even as well as Romney did.
Well, that leaves just one guy left, doesn't it. And I want to remind you of something I have said before: the last time the rich guys did not pick the Republican candidate was with Barry Goldwater, and they have sure as hell done what they need to see that never happens again.
Yup, the miserable, worthless Jeb! I still believe that in the end, the rich guys are going to cram Jeb down the throats of their insane base; and remember the old saying: "Democrats fall in love; Republicans fall in line." The guys who really control things will be confident that, in the end, the suckers can be made to hate Hillary or Bernie so much that they will vote for the Republican no matter how they loathe him.
Well, time will tell.
Update: I see a poll today showing Bush at 9% of Republican voters. That doesn't seem too great, but it is a lot of progress compared to the 3-4% he was at a couple of weeks ago, and is not that far behind Cruz, at 12%, and Rubio, at 15%. Bush is carrying out a very successful "rope-a-dope" strategy, I think, riding out his earlier flubs, and waiting to emerge as the party's savior in early spring. His biggest problem now is going to be the idiot mainstream press, which has a narrative of his collapse which they are going to be too lazy to rethink; other than that, don't count him out.