As I write on the morning of Super Tuesday, March 1, the Republican establishment is in hysterics. The writing is on the wall. By the end of the day, Donald Trump will have all but sewed up the 2016 Republican nomination for president. And I write those words confidently, even though voting has just begun in the first of the 11 states where Republican delegates are up for grabs.
Like an old wino huddled in an alley, braving a March snowstorm, the GOP leadership just keeps mumbling, It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Yet the party establishment has only itself to blame. In 2014, they made changes to the primary process designed to prevent a long, drawn-out battle for the nomination. That Mitt Romney had to spend most of the first half of 2012 fighting off Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum was (they were convinced) the real reason for his defeat in the general election—not that Romney was just as unlikable and out of touch with voters as his two opponents were.
In 2016, they wanted primary voters to coalesce quickly behind a nominee, and they got their wish. They should have been more careful what they wished for.
Yet the mundane procedural explanation is only the tip of the iceberg. The Republican establishment made Donald Trump possible—and not in the way that leftists with no sense or understanding of history mean when they compare Trump...