The establishment is in dire straits as Trumpzilla continues to stomp the living shit out of everything in his path and shows no signs of losing ground in the polls nor momentum with voters. If anything, he continues to become more popular as he blasts all comers from the wimpy golden boy Jeb! to the Chinese, to hedge fund hyenas and even Hillary Clinton. The professional consultants, pollsters, media gurus and political Svengalis are dazed and confused and probably developing serious cased of depression and bleeding ulcers as the man who they had mocked only months ago has a real chance at winning the GOP nomination. If the big money guys and the party bosses let him that is. Now there is word that some nefarious plotting is underway to move the goalposts by denying Trump ballot access during the primaries.

Politico is reporting that “State GOP Leaders Plot to Tie Donald Trump’s Hands”:

Amid mounting concerns about Donald Trump’s candidacy from the GOP establishment, Republican leaders in at least two states have found a way to make life a lot harder for him.

The Virginia and North Carolina parties are in discussions about implementing a new requirement for candidates to qualify for their primary ballots: that they pledge to support the Republican presidential nominee — and not run as a third-party candidate — in the general election.

The procedural moves are clearly aimed at Trump, who pointedly refused to rule out a third-party run during the first GOP debate.

They come amid Republican fears that the real estate mogul is gaining strength in the primary contest, and that his jeremiads against undocumented immigrants will alienate Hispanic voters. Despite coming under a hail of criticism in recent weeks, Trump has held steady atop state and national polls.

Hey, when you can’t win fairly just change the rules. The Politico piece goes on to quote two Virginia GOP establishment types, John Whitbeck who is the state party chair says that it is all about building party unity and “isn’t about any single candidate” and Virginia’s losing gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli as saying that “Anybody who wants to seek the Republican nomination should have to commit to supporting the ultimate Republican nominee”. Despite the spin make no mistake, this is all about stopping Trump and stopping him now before he is able to deliver the proverbial torpedo amidships to what is looking more and more like a preordained effort to restore the Bush family to power.

They threw everything that they had at Trump and he not only survived but emerged from it stronger than ever – now the last defense is to simply rig the system against him. It is a high risk vs. high reward strategy that could either force him into running as an independent and then having to face a crossfire of Democrat and Republican establishment types looking to crush an outsider or it could blow up in their faces entirely.