Ross Douthat agrees that Cruz can’t be stopped
But now we’re supposed to believe that those same incompetents are going to magically turn into convention Machiavels, capable of running a secret-but-not-really-secret whip operation on behalf of Ryan or Rubio while Cruz and Trump just stand by helplessly and let it happen? That Karl Rove and the Koch brothers are going to rediscover the magic of the smoke-filled room just in time to somehow undo a year’s worth of collective-action failures?
That seems unlikely. Yes, not so long ago the Republican Party drafted a reluctant Paul Ryan for high office, and it worked. But it worked because the House speakership was a job that nobody else — or nobody else plausible — really wanted.
Not so the party’s presidential nomination. Ted Cruz wants it — oh, how he wants it. And if he can keep Trump from the magic number, it’s hard to see the delegates giving it to anyone but him.
I’d like to say that Douthat must have been reading my blog, but actually the fact that Cruz can’t be stopped (if there’s a second ballot) is pretty obvious to everyone but clueless GOPe insiders.
And in addition to Cruz being unelectable even in a normal election year, he also has to contend with a large number of Trump supporters really pissed off because they will believe that the nomination was stolen from Trump. A large number of them will stay home and not vote.
And if Bernie somehow manages to win the nomination instead of Hillary, he will win in the biggest landslide since Reagan and Republicans may lose the House.
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I don’t agree with Ross Douthat on a lot of things, but although Douthat is totally clueless about why blue collar whites like Trump, I think he’s well positioned to understand the behavior of Republican delegates.