The Republican Party is kind of freaking out
For all the nail-biting going on on the left, there’s a lot of running around and screaming on the right. The Republicans (often called the GOP or the Grand Old Party) have split between populist and establishment lines, and nobody really knows how it’s going to pan out. The last men standing:
Former experience: real estate impresario, businessman, The Apprentice host, putter of names on things
Greatest strength: mouth
Greatest weakness: mouth
The Donald was pooh-poohed by nearly everyone in the pundit class when he first announced his candidacy, and now they’ve all had to eat their words because he’s the frontrunner. The only Americans who aren’t stunned by this are the ones who are voting for him, and the party establishment is frantic to prevent him from getting nominated; the GOP are terrified he’ll hurt the Senators and Congressmen who are also up for election in November. It’s unclear if he’ll get enough delegates before the convention to clinch the nomination, but if he doesn’t, the Party will probably use every parliamentary trick up their sleeves to stop him (superdelegates to the rescue!).
Former experience: Senator from Texas
Greatest strength: isn’t Donald Trump
Greatest weakness: some consider him just as bad... or worse
While Donald Trump may get most of the attention for holding atypical positions and making eyebrow-raising statements, Cruz is almost equally disliked by the GOP establishment (not to mention most left-leaning voters). The son of a Baptist preacher, Cruz believes his candidacy is a mission from God, and if elected, wants to repeal nationalized health care and build a wall on the border with Mexico.
Former experience: Governor of Ohio, Congressman
Greatest strength: appears sane
Greatest Weakness: who is he, again?
During the GOP debates last fall, Kasich’s comments felt like a breath of fresh air. He’s been branded as the moderate, sensible Republican option (though this clip from former Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee catalogs some of his harder-right positions), but short of some weird delegate magic at the convention (which, I should say, isn’t impossible), this guy isn’t getting anywhere near the nomination.