“… I am not supporting Newt. I am not going to vote Newt. I will not support him in any way. .. He is not a nice human being. … He de-humanizes anybody who gets in his way. … The Republicans I talk to say he cannot win the nomination at any cost. He will destroy our party. He will elect Barack Obama. … There are a lot of people with a lot of money saying, ‘How do we open this back up?’ .. ‘How do we broker a convention. … We have to have another bite at the apple.” – Joe Scarborough

The Republican establishment has seen what their base is about to do and they’re in a panic and rightly so. The tipping point coming when Donald Trump reentered the fray with his Apprentice Debate, the optics and audio of which boiled down the Republican farce we’ve been watching all year.

This segment is delicious… really, watch it. At one point at then end of the opening segment of “Morning Joe,” Scarborough even served up that Republicans are talking about how to “broker a convention.” The Hill has a further report along the same lines, though it’s not just the “kingmakers” in a meltdown over the very real possibility of Newt Gingrich winning the nomination. It’s everybody in the entire conservative echelon.

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If you didn’t see the opening segment of “Morning Joe” today the above video will inform you. It was explosive and goes with what uber insider Mark Halperin is also hearing. From The Hill:

…Coburn, a member of the House GOP class of 1994 that tried to overthrow Gingrich as Speaker, said on “Fox News Sunday,” “I’m not inclined to be a supporter of Newt Gingrich’s, having served under him for four years and experienced personally his leadership. “¦ I found it lacking, oftentimes.”

In the 2008 GOP primary, Coburn backed Sen. John McCain (Ariz.).

New York Rep. Pete King (R) last week told Capital, a New York publication, that Gingrich was “condescending “¦ dismissive,” with a “superiority complex,” when he served with him in the lower chamber.

King added that “the problem was, over a period of time, he couldn’t stay focused. He was undisciplined. Too often, he made it about himself.”

Meanwhile, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh has said Romney is “not conservative” and labeled him a “flip-flopper.”

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) in April told The Hill, “He’s a guy of 1,000 ideas, and the attention span of a 1-year-old. His discipline and his attention to any individual thing is not his strong suit.”

Mitt Romney doesn’t escape the barrage either, but Republicans are finally waking up that the Republican nomination circus will not only produce a candidate that will lose to Pres. Obama, but inspire independent challengers as well.

The question remains, with the momentum Newt Gingrich has today, how do Republicans stop him?

Only a flood of negative ads against Newt in Iowa, but especially South Carolina, will get it done. But someone better pull that trigger fast.

Calling Karl Rove.