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Bob Dole

The Grand Old Party in crisis

The Grand Old Party in crisis

As the Republican Party seeks an electable presidential nominee amid the current reign of public anger and hostility, it seems oblivious to the depth of its internal crisis.

The GOP is split in its allegiance and preference between billionaire celebrity Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. But Mr. Trump is criticized for questionable loyalty to conservative principles, and Mr. Cruz is conspicuously despised among Senate GOP colleagues as a self-aggrandizing opportunist.

Meanwhile, a half-dozen or more others seek to be a consensus alternative, representing what once was considered the moderate establishment center of the party. But there is no such consensus, as each one...