I have felt for years that the modern GOP, largely because of its near single-minded fixation on serving the interests of the rich, was intellectually bankrupt, and saved from permanent defeat only by the Democrats’ parallel lurch left and American moderates’ reluctance to hand progressives a blank check on government. Trump’s rise has brought the GOP’s intellectual bankruptcy into even sharper relief. It turns out the GOP’s old Reagan-era shibboleths don’t actually matter to any Republicans outside the Beltway. Rank-and-file voters will do whatever the president wants, principles be damned.

Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry