It's Time for Trump's 'Political Obituary'

'Wall Street Journal' columnist thinks it's 'overdue'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2016 10:10 AM CDT
It's Time for Trump's 'Political Obituary'
Donald Trump addresses a rally at the Milwaukee Theatre on Monday.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Donald Trump remains well ahead in the delegate count even after his loss in Wisconsin Tuesday night, but that isn't stopping Wall Street Journal columnist Holman Jenkins from writing what he calls Trump's "political obituary." Premature? "In fact the obituary is overdue," writes Jenkins. The Wisconsin results mean that it's a near certainty Trump will show up at the convention without the necessary number of delegates to secure the nomination, "which, in his case, means his race is over." The party will ditch him, and probably Ted Cruz as well. As for Trump's hints about riots, forget it. He won't want the legal hassles or the humiliation if only "skinhead admirers" turn up. It's bad for business.

"His presidential campaign began as a lark and, despite his primary wins, remained one," writes Jenkins. "He was never serious in the Hillary sense." Trump, he adds, has been "fingering his get-out option since he got in," and "if you didn't see it, it's because you forgot what a presidential race really is." Trump has never truly figured out a coherent path to win the White House, and he hasn't been committed enough to put up his own money, tamp down his insults, or create a "thoughtful policy program." In short, he "never wanted it enough." Click to read the full column. (More Donald Trump 2016 stories.)

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