March 12, 2016

CHRISTIANS, PATRIOTS, THEN REPUBLICANS:

Will Donald Trump force Republicans to admit we can do worse than Hillary Clinton? (Josh Barro , 3/10/16, Business Insider)

Here's a truth partisans are not supposed to admit: Whether the president is a Democrat or Republican, America usually remains more or less the same place.

Policy changes matter, and therefore it matters who wins elections.

But the institutions that underlie our government and our society matter more than which party steers those institutions at a given time.

Because of this truth, there are more important things than which party wins a presidential election. Leaders who threaten to undermine those fundamental institutions -- even if they are within your own party -- are worse than normal politicians from the other party. But that's a damaging admission that party-loyal politicians really, really prefer not to have to make.

The Donald Trump campaign is like an experiment -- seeing whether a GOP candidate can be so manifestly threatening to the institutions that prevent American society from falling apart that he will get Republican officials to admit there are worse outcomes than electing Hillary Clinton.

Posted by at March 12, 2016 4:53 AM

  

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