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Now that Jeb Bush is no longer a candidate in the 2016 presidential election, the Republican Party establishment who according to last week’s news reports were warming up to Donald Trump (not) has aligned with establishment candidate Marco Rubio.

The agenda of which is to build a firewall that would stop anti-establishment candidate, Donald Trump.

Enter the endorsements:

Last week, Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina endorsed Rubio who after coming in second place in the South Carolina primary last weekend inferred that Haley who “is incredibly talented” would “be on the top of everyone’s list (for vice president).”

On Monday, former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty were among the establishment to endorse Rubio.

What about Ted Cruz?

Less than 24 hours ago, Cruz terminated asked for the resignation of his communications manager Rick Tyler regarding the release of a video smearing Rubio as being dismissive of the Bible.

Later in a short blurb posted to Rubio on his Facebook page, Tyler apologized for his actions.

I want to apologize to Senator Marco Rubio for posting an inaccurate story about him here earlier today. The story showed a video of the Senator walking past a Ted Cruz staffer seated in the lobby of a hotel reading his Bible. The story misquoted a remark the Senator made to the staffer. I assumed wrongly that the story was correct. According to the Cruz staffer, the Senator made a friendly and appropriate remark. Since the audio was unclear, I should not have assumed the story was correct. I’ve deleted the post because I would not knowingly post a false story. But the fact remains that I did post it when I should have checked its accuracy first. I regret the mistake.

The GOP establishment assumedly smelling blood in the water believes that Ted Cruz is a “man down” and no longer a threat, the strategy of which is “if we say it often enough, people will begin to believe it.”

The GOP establishment in collusion with the media, pundits and golden boy, Rubio (and yes, Donald Trump) have been blasting away at Cruz repeatedly over allegations of lies, smears and dirty pool tactics employed by the Cruz camp these past two weeks.

Washington Examiner

Steven Tucker, a member of Cruz’s Illinois leadership team, told the Washington Examiner he could not stay silent about the falsehoods repeatedly uttered by the senator on the campaign trail. Specifically, Tucker takes issue with Cruz’s comments about Donald Trump’s ideas on healthcare.

‘Senator Cruz’s quotes are very salacious and incorrect. He says if you vote for Donald Trump, you vote for Bernie Sanders-style socialized medicine; Trump, Clinton, Sanders have identical positions on healthcare,’ Tucker said. ‘That is absolutely, 100 percent not true….’

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Counting on a Cruz backlash, today’s Republican Caucus in Nevada has defined as a one on one between Trump and Rubio by the GOP establishment.

That and the wave of endorsements for Rubio strategically announced on the eve of today’s Nevada caucus and a week before Super Tuesday, March 1st all of which are intended to stop Donald Trump.

After all, nothing says fall in line stupid American voters and vote as we tell you like the Republican Party establishment unfurling a wave of endorsements by fellow establishment politicians.

The Hill

‘He’s the last great hope for moderate conservatives,’ said GOP strategist Ryan Williams, a veteran of Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign. ‘There’s about to be a test of this grand theory that once the mainstream lane consolidates behind a candidate it will be enough to overtake Trump….’

Twelve states, from Alaska to Massachusetts, and American Samoa will award their delegates on that day; Trump leads in the polls for most of those states.

The rest of the Republicans will be picking their spots, reallocating resources across the map and otherwise fighting for enough delegates to keep them in the game until the race turns to winner-take-all on March 15….

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The donor class with checkbooks and pen in hand is also lining up behind Rubio who has been silently fundraising on Wall Street.

According to a graphic by Reuters, since launching his bid for president, Rubio has collected approximately $4 million from employees of banks and investment firms.

That is about $1.5 million more than Jeb Bush and a heck of a lot more than any other Republican candidate running.

The donor class fears Donald Trump who as of this morning, Trump has 68 delegates, Cruz 11 and Rubio 9.

There are 30 delegates in Nevada for the taking to be doled out proportionately based on the results.

Putting all of the above into perspective, the Republican Party establishment continues to stage-manage the 2016 presidential primaries in pursuit of an endgame that if achieved would have been accomplished through deception and against the will of the people.