James Kirkpatrick in the Unz Review, citing Peter Beinart in The Atlantic and Michael Warren in the Weekly Standard, makes that point that we raised back in September: Donald Trump was the perfect foil to Jeb Bush, due to the contrast in their personalities and Trump’s masterstroke to raise the immigration issue.
We agree with him that the Republican establishment will likely learn nothing from this history. Will their reflection consist of: See, We Told You So. Trump was wrong on temperament and wrong on the issues. Now how do I get an invitation to the ceremony where President Clinton signs the Gang of Eight Law? Or: Well, we lost with our best shot. Now let’s take to heart the concerns raised by the majority of Republicans who voted to nominate Trump and fight President Clinton on these issues. (Yes, it’s a rhetorical question.)