Ryan Cooper makes a very good point about the belated opposition to Il Trumpe (boldface mine):
But that brings me back to the hamfisted incompetence that has characterized the anti-Trump forces from the very start, from Jeb Bush’s pathetic showing to the persistent refusal to see that Ted Cruz was the only primary opponent who could beat Trump. There are many facets of this failure, but a big one was Republican candidates and operatives consistently prioritizing their own personal gains above preventing a Trump victory. Admitting that Bush was a terrible candidate with zero chance of victory would have jeopardized people’s share of the $130 million he spent getting casually obliterated by Trump.
In a way, it’s poetic justice to see the party of individualism and free-market worship stuck with Trump due to excessive self-seeking.
In a very real sense, Jeb! Bush cleared the field for Donald Trump. The final effects of the long Republican grift are being felt. Unfortunately, they might just drag down those of us who aren’t the suckers (hopefully, not).