The leaders and elites of the Republican Party are currently experiencing the corrective power of democracy. To put it in terms they understand, just like the financial markets occasionally require a correction, so do political parties.
Because the establishment of the Republican Party increasingly lost touch with the voters who elected them, the voters eventually said, “Enough is enough,” and asserted their rights in a democracy, to vote out the ideologues, lobbyists and policy makers by supporting Donald Trump.
Slow to get the message, the elites failed to recognize the voters’ rebellion until it was too late. They thought Mr. Trump was just a con artist and failed to consider that maybe the voters were not so stupid but knew exactly what they were doing. The establishment wasted hundreds of millions of dollars on negative advertising in Florida to no avail. Mr. Trump won in a landslide there just like everywhere else.
The next showdown will come in Wisconsin. If Ted Cruz fails to win there, the rationale for the “Stop Trump” movement will disappear, and Mr. Trump will become the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party.
Before the Democrats start to gloat about the match up with Hillary, however, they should consider that democracy has a way of spreading its momentum over all impediments in its path.