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From the NRO, shortly before T-Hour in Indiana.

Why Cruz has failed to build on his massive Wisconsin victory will be the subject of another column. But one should note that as the media spotlight glared, Cruz’s share of the vote in national and in state polls dropped.

I can’t tell if this is a clumsy jab at The Media, or an admission that after about 30 seconds of Solid Cruz, most people would prefer to vote for a sack of cockroaches. Maybe it’s both. If The Media hadn’t given Cruz so much airtime, he wouldn’t have grossed out so many people, sounds like something a distraught neo-con would say.

For whatever reason, Republicans whose votes were potentially up for grabs have looked at both men and decisively chosen Trump. Movement conservatives and Republican activists will digest this lesson for months and years to come.

Considering that the lesson of Barack Hussein Obama 2008 is still working its way through, I think they need to eat more fiber.

But in all seriousness, I hope they’ve put up nets around NR HQ.

As of tonight, we might know whether Donald Trump will be the Republican presidential candidate. And barring unforeseeable events, it is certain that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee. Those are two reasons (of many, unfortunately) why — other than the first years of the Civil War, when the survival of the United States as one country was in jeopardy — there was never a darker time in American history.

Maybe insisting on the right to oppress other human beings isn’t a good idea?

No that can’t be right. Forget I said anything.

Since this is a walk down memory lane sort of evening, remember this?

Donald Trump leads the polls nationally and in most states in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. There are understandable reasons for his eminence, and he has shown impressive gut-level skill as a campaigner. But he is not deserving of conservative support in the caucuses and primaries. Trump is a philosophically unmoored political opportunist who would trash the broad conservative ideological consensus within the GOP in favor of a free-floating populism with strong-man overtones.

Oh dear. Oh deary, deary me.

If Trump were to become the president, the Republican nominee, or even a failed candidate with strong conservative support, what would that say about conservatives?

Nothing we haven’t known for years.

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  • Warren Terra

    As of tonight, we might know whether Donald Trump will be the Republican presidential candidate. And barring unforeseeable events, it is certain that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee. Those are two reasons (of many, unfortunately) why — other than the first years of the Civil War, when the survival of the United States as one country was in jeopardy — there was never a darker time in American history.

    Ye, it really is an open question whether the nation can survive Hillary Clinton living in the White House.

    • trollhattan

      Without a black man to guide us, whatever shall we do?
      –No Republican ever

      Couple world wars, the atomic age, a few presidential assassinations, disco, polio, Fabio, George Steinbrenner, all fade in comparison to the threat that is Hillary.

      • Mike Yard: “Why not give it ALL to women? Men have been doing it all the rest of the time. Women couldn’t do worse.”

  • AMK

    After the political death of pending free trade pacts, the public unmasking of the NRO types as not only comically wrong, but comically impotent and utterly powerless even within the GOP’s own alternate universe of wrongness has been the best thing about this cycle. Watching the hedge fund types light piles of money on fire with the Bush/Rubio/Christie campaigns has also been great, but ultimately less fulfilling, at least for me.

  • heckblazer
    • PotemkinMetropolitanRegion

      Holy cow, the vermin one is intense.

      • I’m a bit worried about whoever typed that.

        a possum, which was said to possess only one eye and appeared to be infected with scabies, formed a perfectly balanced four-in-hand knot with a silk Canali necktie

        Several LOLs, however.

        • I’m a bit worried about envious of whoever typed that.

          Fixed for extra Bouffantry.

      • Halloween Jack

        a line of black centipedes crawled through his hair to form a crisp part, which was then held firmly in place by the thick mucus trail of a tree slug.

        And even the tree slug felt a little dirty afterwards.

    • They got scooped by their sister site Clickhole, which almost two months ago accurately predicted: Ted Cruz Announced He’s Suspending His Campaign To Tend To His Thousands Of Glistening Eggs

      • heckblazer

        But did they get pictures? No. Score one for The Onion.

        • Halloween Jack

          Score one for everyone’s sanity.

    • ColBatGuano

      The Republicans have trotted out a number of truly terrible human beings as leaders of the party (Newt Gringrich, Tom Delay), but none as vilely repellent as Ted Cruz.

  • Why Cruz has failed to build on his massive Wisconsin victory will be the subject of another column.

    What it does show is that after twice electing Scott Walker and a Republican-dominated ALEC subsidiary government passing every stupid Teabagging law (up next: You Can’t Pee Here); Ted Cruz looks reasonable….

  • ProgressiveLiberal

    I’m just glad the next election I have to worry about is in 2020.

    Raise your hand if you think Trump is going to IMPROVE among women. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

    I just can’t figure out how we’re going to take back enough state houses with an incumbent president, and not a “change” election, to fix the gerrymandering. Seems like we’re doomed for a long, long, long time. We’re going to need some unforeseeable event to have a shot at fixing this House mess we got.

    Over/under “6”: the number of supreme court justices in 2020?

    • ForkyMcSpoon

      I’m hoping for a judicial ruling on gerrymandering.

      It’s may be our best bet in that regard. It is helpful, though, that 2020 is a presidential year, unlike 2010. The damage may be reduced by that if gerrymandering is still an issue.

  • LFC

    from the OP
    sounds like something a distraught neo-con would say

    Perhaps a nitpick, but the National Review people are not, as far as I’m aware, neo-cons. Not unless National Review has recently merged with The Weekly Standard. Though I suppose by now the lines betw. neo-cons and cons (i.e. conservatives w/o prefix) have gotten blurry.

  • Frankly, I would have guessed b-spen to be the one using a poop video to illustrate her post….

    • StringOnAStick

      I added that channel it to my subscription list, to hang out with the vids from Samantha Bee, gypsy jazz tutorials, and the occasional Colbert.

  • What Trump represents is what happens when the ideological wing of a political party assums control.

    I am a pony-riding liberal, but I also realize that there is a whole other side of the country that a candidate has to appeal to to win an election. Center-left and center-right can do that. Extreme-left/extreme-right cannot.

  • DrDick

    Trump is a philosophically unmoored political opportunist who would trash the broad conservative ideological consensus within the GOP in favor of a free-floating populism with strong-man overtones.

    I thought that was what all conservative politicians did?

  • wphurley

    Excellent point!

    Nothing we haven’t known for years.

    It is a feature, if not raison d’etre, of conservativism that it must always be as it always was. “It” is just about anything you can imagine.

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