A Time to Unite

Up to this point, it has been an article of faith among many conservatives and GOP lawmakers that nominating Donald Trump would be a disaster for the party, and for the country. But with the results of Super Tuesday II, it is becoming more and more obvious that stopping Trump could be more harmful to the GOP than letting him run against Hillary. The major parties have recovered from nominating unpopular candidates before. The GOP lost with Goldwater in 1964, only to win with Nixon four years later. McGovern’s blowout defeat in 1972 was followed by Carter’s win in 1976. As these examples show, a major party can recover from even a crushing defeat in the presidential election. It’s not so clear, however, that a party could recover from an Establishment-led coup that would deny the front-runner the nomination. Of course, it’s still possible that Ted Cruz will unite the anti-Trump forces and run off a string of victories showing

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