1. Dem and Republican bases are tired of the parties over-promising and under-delivering so the response is someone who will double-down on that, i.e. Trump and Sanders.
2. Con$ervative talk radio, once dedicated to abusing Democrats has soiled its own nest. It's more lucrative to bite Republicans.
3. Trump and Hillary are actually the same person! He's fine other than his character and the fact that he's not a conservative, just like Hillary. Both are greedy and self-serving with the big distinction of Trump being open about it and Clinton being sneaky. We apparently think con men are okay if they are transparent about it, because hypocrisy is the only modern sin.
4. Republican establishment is rallying around Rubio when he doesn't want to be rallied around! He doesn't want to take on Trump head-to-head (evidenced by his bromance with Trump) and is likely angling for a VP slot.
Cokie Roberts made a keen observation I hadn't heard before. She said that the reason politicians from both sides of the aisle used to work together back in the '50s was that they fought together in the war. Interesting. There surely was a more patriotic spirit then. It's ineffably sad but I wonder if war is the only thing that brings people together or prompts a love for country.
From Henry Dieterich on Trump and our democracy.
From NR's Jim Geraghty:
"A republic. If you can keep it." - Ben Franklin