The above statements apply 100% to Trump, as well. I know we disagree on some of the finer details, but, the way I see it, the GOP screwed the pooch over a long drawn-out process that led to Trump leading the primary for them. The DNC responded by screwing up as well, not so much as that the nominated HRC, but that they did so with as little dignity as possible, and the result ended up being what we have now. George Washington, the first leader of our nation, who set so many precedents and left wise words as to why he did what he did, warned that this is what would happen if we got too partisan. Regarding how Trump won the primary, I guess there are different interpretations as to what happened and especially why, but Ted Cruz was a politician whose career was founded on anti-establishment. I don't think anyone is going to argue against that. The thing is, he got painted as the establishment. Personally, I don't care for him any more than Trump. The appeal for Trump during the primary was all about dropping a big "fuck you" on DC. All the pro-Trump folks with whom I interacted over the time period made that abundantly clear. They wanted someone who didn't work for the "power that be" or "the man" or whatever conceptualization they had of some illuminati secret leader. Once he hit the milestone of becoming the nominee, it was all about not letting Hillary win. The religious right liked Cruz better, but the blue collar folks didn't like him. But, honestly, when does the religious right ever get their guy nominated? Pat Buchanan? Nope. It ultimately comes down to the blue collar guys who generally hate all of the choices, but pick the one whom they hate least. IMO, taking the power out of the hands of the people who answer to the lobbyists and placing it in the hands of the guy who hired the lobbyists is like throwing all of the chickens to the wolves so that they won't try to dig under the fence around the coop anymore. But whatever, I can try to analyze this all day long and it accomplishes nothing. I guess we'll see what Trump does or does not do when he does it or lets it go. Ultimately, I don't see him as one to back down just because people want him to. There'd have to be some undeniable objective reason to change his mind - a reason that affects him in a way of which he's completely aware.