Ramesh Ponnuru's fantasy is this:
Both Jim Geraghty and Kristen Soltis Anderson make some excellent points about the future of the Republican party in the event of a Trump defeat. Anderson points out that anti-Trump Republicans are split between what I’ll call for the sake of convenience “establishment” and “tea party” factions, with each seeking a different future and each blaming the other for the rise of Trump. Geraghty points out that other Republicans are unlikely to be as successful as Trump while mimicking either his style or his heterodox views on some issues. A successful Republican coalition has always required bringing different kinds of center-right voters together: religious conservatives, economic conservatives, business leaders, and so on. Trump’s primary victories may mean that working-class nationalists are now a self-conscious part of the coalition too.There is a certain "and the Irish" quality to that last line.
But here's the deal: Republican voters fired you. There really is an Establishment. The National Review is not some blog. It is the oldest conservative publication in Washington. For years its writers wrote about fighting political correctness and opposing illegal immigration. Finally a candidate takes up both battles and the National Review rises up to stop him at every turn, even to the point where they praised Ted Cruz for cheating Trump supporters out of delegates. As for hurting the feelings of Muslim with a temporary ban on visas for them, well it beats bombing them indiscriminately in two wars -- bombings Obama has expanded, even while he clutches his pearls over Islamophobia in the USA.
The fact is the same Trump voters who gave Republicans and the National Review majorities in Congress are now mocked and opposed by the Establishment.
If at this point you are not on board with Trump's nomination, get out of the party. Go stand by George Will in the corner and suck your thumb. Or suck each other's thumbs for all I care.
After the election, it won't matter. If Trump does not win, it will be too late to save the Republic.
Now then, about Bob Gaudio, he wrote most of the Four Seasons and Frankie Valli hits, usually with Bob Crewe. From "Sherry" to "December 1963," a songbook that included "Can't Take My Eyes Off You." Before that gig, he wrote, "Short Shorts." Legend has it that Joe Pesci introduced Gaudio to the group.
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