All 3 GOP candidates renege on pledge to support the eventual nominee

The Republican Party is setting itself up for a disaster of epic proportions in November.  The bitter split that began when the party largely ignored, and sometimes denounced the Tea Party movement, and resulted in the soaring popularity of Donald Trump’s candidacy, has now reached a breaking point, with all three remaining presidential contenders withdrawing their previous pledges to support the eventual nominee. CNN reports:

Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich all stepped back from their earlier pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee during Tuesday night's CNN town hall.

"All of us shouldn't even have answered that question," Kasich said of the pledge party officials asked all the candidates to sign in September.

"No, I don't anymore," Trump said, when asked by CNN's Anderson Cooper if he continued "to pledge to support whoever the Republican nominee is?"

Trump said he has "been treated very unfairly" by the Republican National Committee and party establishment figures. The billionaire front-runner accused rival Cruz of "essentially saying the same thing" in response to a question about the pledge.

Earlier, Cruz had told Cooper when asked the same question: "I'm not in the habit of supporting someone who attacks my wife and my family ... I think nominating Donald Trump would be an absolute trainwreck, I think it would hand the general election to Hillary Clinton."

Trump said Cruz "doesn't need to support me, I have tremendous support right now from the people."

"I don't really want him to do something he's not comfortable with," he said.

It is hard to see this ending well. For the GOP, that is. It is a bonanza for the Democrats, up and down the ticket. Unless, that is, the eventual candidate tio emerge from the Cleveland convention is none of the above, and someone not identified with the GOP establishment but acceptable to it and the anti-GOPe faction. Of only there were someone like that….

The Republican Party is setting itself up for a disaster of epic proportions in November.  The bitter split that began when the party largely ignored, and sometimes denounced the Tea Party movement, and resulted in the soaring popularity of Donald Trump’s candidacy, has now reached a breaking point, with all three remaining presidential contenders withdrawing their previous pledges to support the eventual nominee. CNN reports:

Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich all stepped back from their earlier pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee during Tuesday night's CNN town hall.

"All of us shouldn't even have answered that question," Kasich said of the pledge party officials asked all the candidates to sign in September.

"No, I don't anymore," Trump said, when asked by CNN's Anderson Cooper if he continued "to pledge to support whoever the Republican nominee is?"

Trump said he has "been treated very unfairly" by the Republican National Committee and party establishment figures. The billionaire front-runner accused rival Cruz of "essentially saying the same thing" in response to a question about the pledge.

Earlier, Cruz had told Cooper when asked the same question: "I'm not in the habit of supporting someone who attacks my wife and my family ... I think nominating Donald Trump would be an absolute trainwreck, I think it would hand the general election to Hillary Clinton."

Trump said Cruz "doesn't need to support me, I have tremendous support right now from the people."

"I don't really want him to do something he's not comfortable with," he said.

It is hard to see this ending well. For the GOP, that is. It is a bonanza for the Democrats, up and down the ticket. Unless, that is, the eventual candidate tio emerge from the Cleveland convention is none of the above, and someone not identified with the GOP establishment but acceptable to it and the anti-GOPe faction. Of only there were someone like that….