How #NeverTrump Bagged the Nomination for Trump


There is an excellent and insightful piece at Real Clear Politics by Jeffrey Anderson on the way center-right conservatives (of the sort who backed either Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush and then became #NeverTrump) made four key errors that virtually assured the nomination of Donald Trump. The article speaks for itself and should be read and committed to memory.

As an autopsy of that failed effort to maintain a grip on the party, it is dead on. But more than that, it is a glimpse into the many electoral failures of the GOP as they are related to of the fundamental failure to understand what American politics actually is and how it works—not just in this cycle, but going back several decades now.

See especially Anderson’s discussion of the Republican primary process (which is imitation Democratic Party style direct democracy) and his discussion of the failures of conservatives and Republicans to focus on the big picture in elections.

About Julie Ponzi

Julie Ponzi is Senior Editor of American Greatness. She holds an M.A. in political philosophy and American politics from the Claremont Graduate University. She was an Earhart Fellow and a Bradley Foundation Fellow while studying at Claremont and also earned a Publius Fellowship from The Claremont Institute. Formerly the Director of Academic Programs at the Claremont Institute, she also taught American politics at Azusa Pacific University. Her writing has appeared in the Claremont Review of Books, The Online Library of Law and Liberty, The Columbus Dispatch, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and The Washington Times. She was also a regular and long-time contributor to the Ashbrook Center's blog, No Left Turns. She lives in California. You can follow her on Twitter at @JuliePonzi

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One response to “How #NeverTrump Bagged the Nomination for Trump”

  1. I have read all the articles since the blog debut. Sorry, but there is no American greatness anywhere. I still miss the original JAG, its freshness, its vision and its serious appeal to Strauss.