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Trump fever, Trump panic in the G.O.P. On the eve of Super Tuesday, we’ll look at the political battle shaking the party.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, accompanied by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, speaks before a rally in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, accompanied by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, speaks before a rally in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Within a few days now, it is possible Donald Trump will be all but unstoppable in his push for the Republican nomination for the presidency. And no small number of Republicans are freaking out.  hey say he is not conservative, realistic, sober-minded or well-mannered enough to be president. That he could destroy the Republican Party. Trump’s backers say bring on the change. The mainline G.O.P. is in something like panic. This hour On Point, Republicans on the verge with Donald Trump.
-- Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Alex Isenstadt, political reporter for POLITICO. (@politicoalex)

Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC), Representative for South Carolina's First Congressional District. Former Governor of South Carolina. (RepSanfordSC)

Matt Lewis, senior contributor for the Daily Caller and political commentator for CNN. Author of the book, "Too Dumb To Fail: How The G.O.P. Betrayed the Reagan Revolution To Win Elections (And How It Can Reclaim Its Conservative Roots)." (@mattklewis)

Frank Schaeffer, writer, author and filmmaker. Author of "Crazy For God" and "Sex, Mom and God."(@frank_schaeffer)

A.J. Delgado, conservative commentator, columnist and author. Contributor to the American Conservative, the National Review, Breitbart and many others. (@AJDelgado13)

From Tom’s Reading List

New York Times: Inside the Republican Party’s Desperate Mission to Stop Donald Trump — "In public, there were calls for the party to unite behind a single candidate. In dozens of interviews, elected officials, political strategists and donors described a frantic, last-ditch campaign to block Mr. Trump — and the agonizing reasons that many of them have become convinced it will fail. Behind the scenes, a desperate mission to save the party sputtered and stalled at every turn."

POLITICO: Insiders: Donald Trump is the likely GOP nominee -- "GOP political insiders have been slow to hop aboard the Donald Trump train. But after Trump’s victories in three of the four early-nominating states, Republicans now see him as the party’s most likely nominee in the general election."

New Yorker: The Dilemma of Conservatives Who Say They’ll Never Vote for Donald Trump — "Trump represents such a radical break with the Republican consensus on important issues that a significant segment of the Party will never back him. Among the Party’s intellectual and strategist class, the number of figures on the anti-Trump right has been growing in recent weeks in direct proportion to Trump’s successes."

This program aired on February 29, 2016.

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