Are we witnessing the birth of a new Republican Party? Is that what all the present chaos means? Peggy Noonan says "the Republican Party is shattering." But if it is, might what comes out the other side be an improvement? Better connected to GOP voters? Patrick Buchanan observes the "end to the Bush and establishment policies on trade, immigration and intervention." Rush Limbaugh sees "a much bigger upside than downside to Trump" as he praises the conservatism of Ted Cruz. Meanwhile, from the "Never Trump" fringes of the GOP, Rubio-advisor Max Boot says he would rather vote for "Josef Stalin" than Donald Trump. Are such comments justified? Or are they merely reflective of Elite Derangement at the prospect of losing their seats on the government gravy train? We review Vilfredo Pareto's concept of the "circulation of elites" -- when one Ruling Class fails, a new one rises to take its place. With music and caller feedback from the Colorado caucuses.
Has the GOP Establishment thrown in the towel? As the campaign of Marco Rubio continues to crumble, it's looking more and more like an "outsider" race going forward. Donald Trump v. Ted Cruz. How will that play out? Will Mitt Romney's contemptible speech move the needle against Trump? We listen to Rush Limbaugh's take on Mitt, with comparisons to the tactics George Romney used against Goldwater in 1964. Will the "Never Trump" fringes really advocate for Hillary Clinton over Trump, even when the Supreme Court is at stake? And what has become of last fall's GOP "Loyalty Pledge" -- was that just a bogus one-way street after all? Will GOP Elites change the rules to thwart Trump before the GOP Convention in Cleveland? Might that provoke a "civil war" within the GOP? Also, as GOP primary enthusiasm reaches record levels, we ask why Colorado was left out of all the fun last week. With music and listener calls.