It wasn't supposed to happen like this. The 2016 presidential election back in the waning, sane, staid days of 2015 was shaping up for the Republicans pretty much like any other. Candidates groomed, preened and competed to be regarded as the most ideologically sound belle(s) of the Billionaire's Ball. For their part, Billionaires were filling their candidates' war chests, jockeying for position and vying for even more influence. It remained to be seen which Billionaire's Champion would come out on top, but there was never any real concern about who it would be since whoever it was would benefit them all. Things were going well
Now, disconsolate Billionaires find that what they bought and paid for isn't worth the election materials they're printed on. The system, as they who knew and created it, is bankrupt and there is no one else left holding the bag, no bailout coming.