Magazine May 23, 2016, Issue

Who Caused Trump?

(Roman Genn)
There’s blame enough to go around.

Recriminations are beginning unusually early for Republicans this year. Usually political parties wait until they have lost general elections before their members start blaming one another for the defeats. Sometimes the finger-pointing begins a few weeks ahead of schedule, as the polls foretell doom. This year, the polls have been foretelling Republican doom with six months to go before the election — foretelling it, that is, conditional on Donald Trump’s locking up the nomination, which he appears now to have done.

Trump’s supporters have generally said that the polls should not be believed or denied the polls’ predictive power. A few …

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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