The Republican insiders have summoned the Ghost of Ronald Reagan, in a last ditch attempt to unite the party. This will be Reagan's third iteration on this earth, the first being as an FDR Democrat. The spectre looks very much like his mortal form, however his views on immigration are radically different to the original.
In an effort to appeal to current GOP voters, the Ghost of Reagan has vowed to halt illegal immigration, despite signing an amnesty for 3 million undocumented workers in 1986. Despite his best efforts, the ghoul is the most popular candidate with Hispanics in the Republican race.
Donald Trump has expressed doubt over the validity of his candidacy, and wasted no time in demanding to see his death certificate.
"I will build a wall, between our world and the temporal realm." vowed Trump. "They're bringing unfinished business, they're bringing ectoplasmic slime, they're evil spirits. And some I assume, are good dead people." he said of the deceased.
"Mr. Trump, tear down this wall" demanded the Ghost of Reagan.
The plan may not go as Republicans planned however, as Tea Partiers have already complained that the Ghost of Reagan's position on abortion is too liberal, resembling as they do his views as time as Governor of California.
The very real possibility of a dead man becoming president for the first time before a woman has irked Hillary Clinton supporters.
"The fact that Bernie Bros. blame the Clintons for the banking crisis rather than the Ghost of Reagan confirms our suspicion all along that their movement is sexist." said an anonymous Clinton adviser.
One of the drawbacks to coming back as a ghost is that he can't feel anything, but in this respect he's not all that different from the other GOP candidates.
Ted Cruz would appear to have harmed his chances of being his running mate, with his 'Hollywood values' comments previous. Cruz has further insisted that the Ghost of Reagan isn't a real conservative, pointing to the fact that he raised the debt ceiling 18 times, and tripled the federal debt during his 2 living terms.
Hillary Clinton has already taken steps to nullify his appeal, by reminding voters that she's a 'Goldwater Girl'.
Bernie Sanders has said that as President he will try to emulate the original Reagan by raising taxes in 7 of the 8 years that he hopes to be in office.
The Ghost Reagan is hoping to win by a landslide akin to his victory as a mortal in 1980. To this end he has been keen to remind Democratic voters that he never bailed out big banks, only Social Security in 1983.
More controversially he has supported the Iran Deal, pointing to the fact that he negotiated with the Soviet Union. This in particular has left the Republican base in despair.
Not having the unifying effect that the Republican establishment had hoped, there are rumours that the Second Coming of Christ could emerge as a white knight candidate at a brokered convention.
Trump has been quick to declare him as too nice "Can you imagine him dealing with China?" and went on to boast about his womanising "I'm always the Second Coming."
It's not certain that America is ready for a Middle Eastern candidate. The Clinton campaign has said they are not convinced that a Jew throwing the money changers out of the temple would appeal to the American people.
It looks as though all these machinations behind the scenes could be academic, with the latest California poll showing Trump at 90% favourability, the Ghost of Reagan at 6%, Cruz at 3.5%, Jesus of Nazareth barely registering, and Kasich so low as to leave voters wondering if he even really exists.