Abraham Lincoln remarked in his second inaugural address that neither side had wanted the civil war. “All dreaded it, all sought to avert it. ... Both parties deprecated war, but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive, and the other would accept war rather than let it perish, and the war came.”
This is a familiar pattern in history. Something dreadful looms which no one with sense wants, but it comes because everyone wants something else more than stopping it.
Case in point: The Demagogue. The despicable man who mocks his own supporters, boasting that he could shoot someone on the street in Manhattan without losing any of them. The grandiose narcissist who even attempts to dictate who may question him.
Governor Bush abhors the Demagogue, but prefers to run attack advertisements against the more honorable candidates in an attempt to clear the field.
Senator Rubio abhors the Demagogue, but prefers to criticize whoever is polling just above him, and the Demagogue polls higher than that.
Senator Cruz abhors the Demagogue, but prefers not to criticize him in a way that would keep the Demagogue’s supporters from thinking well of his own candidacy.
The Republican congressional leadership abhors the Demagogue, but prefers even the Demagogue over Senator Cruz.
A host of other notables abhor the Demagogue, but prefer to avoid ridicule on Twitter.
And so the Demagogue comes.