HUM: If, as a republican advisor suggested, Rubio or Cruz were to take charge of the field and gate the nomination ...
First: Would Trump actually go independent? Let's assume yes.
Rubio? It would be interesting to see what he could really bring to the campaign between nominees -- probably not much. Trump could split the Republican vote and ensure a Rubio loss.
Cruz? Now here is fun times.
Cruz is a Natural Born Canadian and therefore, ineligible without an explicit SCOTUS ruling. How fast could SCOTUS address an issue of historic importance -- one that makes every foreign-born individual with an American parent eligible to be POTUS. At the same time, negating the idea that someone born here could be denied that eligibility because their parents were undocumented.
Trump, as an independent, would immediately file a challenge -- effectively undermine the Republicans completely and make it a two person race between TRUMP and the DEMOCRAT.
Ah the fun of the idea of a "President Ted Cruz: The 2016 Election and America's Future"