When Donald Trump drops out of the race, the GOP has no real choice but to go, on bended knee, to one of Mitt Romney's fabulous houses and beg him to take one for the team:
Republican officials are exploring how to handle a scenario that would be unthinkable in a normal election year: What would happen if the party's presidential nominee dropped out?
ABC News has learned that senior party officials are so frustrated -- and confused by Donald Trump's erratic behavior -- that they are exploring how to replace him on the ballot if he were to drop out.
So, how would it work?
First, Trump would have to voluntarily exit the race. Officials say there is no mechanism for forcing him to withdraw his nomination. (Trump has not given any indications that he no longer wants to be his party's nominee).
Then, it would be up to the 168 members of the Republican National Committee to choose a successor, though the process is complicated.
One Republican legal expert has advised party officials that, for practical reasons, Trump would have to drop out by early September to give the party enough time to choose his replacement and get the next nominee's name on the ballot in enough states to win.
You can't go with someone who hasn't already run. You can't go with someone who is divisive or insane (Romney was bad at campaigning, and did not connect with the American people, but the best thing you can say about him is that he wasn't an insane racist crank). And you can't go with McCain because that weakens any chance the Republicans have of holding onto the Senate.
Say it with me. Romneyshambles!