How the GOP burned a generation of political talent

The Republican Party could learn something important from the Democratic Party — namely, how to be less democratic.

This is not a joke. The GOP needs to learn how to ward off unserious or institution-destroying candidacies. The two truly viable candidates left in the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, are loathed by the kind of people who make the Republican Party a viable national institution: its donors, elected officials, court intellectuals, and leading activists. Compared to the party’s dominant position across the country in statehouses and governor’s mansions, Trump and Cruz are profoundly unpopular figures.

If the Republican Party doesn’t want a repeat, it should find a way to forbid so many clowns from entering the clown car in the first place, or at least find a mechanism for forcing more out earlier, before serious voting begins.