A little over a month ago I predicted that Jeb Bush would win the Republican nomination. I wasn’t joking, but I knew my prediction had little chance of coming true. I figured that (1) it should come true, given Bush’s status as the most plausible adult in the Republican field and (2) if he somehow pulled it off, I’d look like a genius.
Well, so much for that. Looking forward, it requires no predictive powers to observe that the nominee will be Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, or Marco Rubio—in other words, a hate-mongering fascist or a hard-right Tea Party favorite. (Frank Bruni usefully reminds us that Rubio’s views are no more mainstream than those of his Canadian colleague).
Washington Post conservative blogger Jennifer Rubin lost it during Trump’s victory speech:
This is an embarrassment to the party and the country. He shouts about the wall and winning. Here comes President Hillary
— Jennifer Now at Threads Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) February 21, 2016
Later she recovered and started tweeting optimistically about Rubio. Well, we’ll see, won’t we?