Conservatives understand they have two separate fights on their hands: against their ancient enemies, the Progressives, but (more urgently) also the old bulls of the GOP who are content with their role of the Washington Generals, perpetually losing to the Harlem Globetrotters. To win in 2016 ought to be easy — the country is heartily sick of Barack Obama and his “fundamental transformation” of a country that didn’t need transforming in the first place, and to say that either Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden is eminently beatable is an understatement. Then again, we thought that about Obama, too.
But in order to win the GOP first has to find somebody who wants to fight. Who’s it going to be?