There is an interesting Op-Ed in this morning’s New York Times. “Why Should ‘Never Trump’ mean Ted Cruz?” Why are party power brokers trying “to sell Republicans on a dangerously reactionary senator as an improvement over a dangerously ignorant businessman.” Personally, I suspect that if Donald Trump hadn’t come along, we would now be talking about a “Never Cruz” movement.
The fact is that neither of these men has the intelligence, temperament, or ability to be President of the United States of America. John Kasich has some of the qualities required of a president, but there is no way for him to break through the noise of Trump and anti-Trump. Even with a brokered convention, it looks unlikely to me that the Republican party will be able to put forth a competent candidate for the most important job in the world. It seems to me that a legitimate political party has a fundamental responsibility to vet potential candidates before they can carry their brand.