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The Republican establishment's tardy revolt

The Republican establishment's tardy revolt

Like locking the barn door after the horse has been stolen, the Republican establishment is mounting a feeble rebellion against Donald Trump's presidential nomination, which is now nearly certain at the party's July national convention in Cleveland.

Party giants past and present have announced they will boycott the gathering. The most prominent members of the party establishment — the two former presidents named George Bush and failed presidential candidate Jeb Bush — have let it be known they won't be there. Nor will the last two defeated GOP nominees, Sen. John McCain of Arizona and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Meanwhile, more significantly, the party's...

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