One would think the Republican Party should be rejoicing. Their presumptive nominee garnered more GOP primary votes than any previous candidate. An enthusiastic and engaged Republican electorate is something to celebrate, especially compared to the last two election cycles, where the base was lethargic, with many holding their noses to vote for John McCain or Mitt Romney. No one had to hold his nose to vote for Trump. There were 17 talented and accomplished candidates to choose from, any of whom would be an improvement over the current president and better for the country than Hillary Clinton. Those who did not like Trump could and did vote for Cruz, Rubio, Kasich, or any of the other candidates. Yet Trump prevailed.
Instead, the Republican Party is hell-bent on turning its good fortune into almost certain defeat – and not just defeat, but wipe-out. Mass casualties across the Republican ranks.