Why is Marco Rubio "goddamn bad"? Or Jeb Bush? These are both viable candidates to be taken seriously. Hell, even Ted Cruz is (somewhat) more viable than Trump or Carson. If influential Republicans truly want to sink Trump, they need only coalesce around an alternative, and this they have not done. I don't know why not, but I wish I did. Maybe, as Bernstein suggests, they are not as enamored with Rubio as some, or perhaps they know something about him, something we don't, that's making them hesitate. What I do know is that the longer Trump stays in the race the more trouble he's likely to cause--and the more entitled to the prize he's likely to feel. It's hard to predict The Donald--he's not subject to the normal pressures and incentives of politicians--but if he's not forced out until, say, March, he may decide that the GOP has not given him due respect, and thus mount an independent bid for the White House.
The party has not moved nearly as strongly as it might. Most prominent Republican officeholders haven't endorsed anyone, and endorsements are the clearest signal the party can send to donors, activists, etc. Jonathan Bernstein agrees. If there's a serious movement to trash Trump, it's barely perceptible.
Totally. And if Trump makes a statement of fact that is later called into question, why he can just say that the evidence is being covered up by the "lamestream" media. Conservatives already think that the media are arrayed alongside the forces of liberalism, so they'll eagerly accept any suggestion of their involvement in a mass conspiracy.
He might not, but when the party finally gets off its hands and decides to move in favor of a candidate, Trump is done. As to Cruz, even if he wins Iowa that doesn't mean he's going to win the whole thing. Rick Santorum won Iowa in 2012, and Mike Huckabee in 2008. Neither one went on to be the nominee.
I'd argue that even those Christians who believe in hell really don't do good things to avoid going there. I think that most people make their decisions about right and wrong based not on the Bible or Koran, or on what some priest/imam/rabbi says. They do just what we atheists do; that is, they consult their consciences and life experiences.
Oooh...right now I am reading Janis Ian's biography, "Society's Child." She's a good writer and, of course, she has a compelling life story. I'm not finished yet but already I feel comfortable recommending.