Josh Marshall tries to assess the Republican Party’s options as more Republicans jump from the Trump ship. He seems to think that, by giving in to the Republican id, they are boxed in. Here’s the crux:
Trump says he’ll never quit. It’s the rare case where this squares with what we know of the man. I believe him. The RNC has no means to compel him to quit if he chooses not to. But even if he did quit, there’s little that can be done. In theory, this would trigger a meeting of the Republican National Committee which would choose a new candidate, a pretty tough proposition 30 days before the election. The problem is you can’t get Trump off the ballot no matter what. In many cases, the ballots are literally already printed. In some states voting has already started.