Republican establishment front man David Brooks still can't quite get the hang of operating the Republican establishment's Rock 'Em Sock 'Em candidate. From just six weeks ago on Meet The Press (with emphasis added):
DAVID BROOKS: It's going to be Rubio. I'm telling you, it's going to be Rubio. Right now, you have the conflict between the conservative, the philosophical conservative wing, which is the National Review crowd, and the rogue wing, which is talk radio and Trump. And so it's interesting to see how that breaks down.Right now, Trump has the advantage in that, because the conservative movement is less conservative than it was ten years ago. The financial crisis has hit people hard, and they want a government that's on the side of the little guys, as long as it's not filled with liberal values. So Trump, in the short term, but we're prepping the establishment. Do not panic. There are going to be months of this. Wait for Rubio.
Meanwhile the rest of the Republican party continues to loudly wonder why oh why this spoiler refuses step aside and let the real candidates slug it out?