Robert George on his blog had something quite interesting to say about the GOP nominating process:
"The double-curse that Republicans bequeath the country is to elect a Bush, who they believe will govern as a Reagan. When that Bush fails, the country responds by electing a Clinton -- who inevitably manage to make the country learn to love government."
I believe there is truth here. As a young GOP true believer, I worked on Bush's campaign in 1988. I thought it would be "phase II" of the Reagan Revolution -- following through on reducing government and the growing deficit but taking off the hard edges. That of course was not to be.
We then ended up with Bill Clinton, who promised that the days of big government were over, then immediately introduced socialized medicine. Learning his lesson, for 8 years he played the Democratic desire for government solutions against the Republican distrust of big government.
So hoping for a Reagan Revival, the GOP looked to the Bush Family again. And we ended up there with big government conservatism.
Which makes a Hilliary Clinton presidency all but inevitable. I wonder if First Lady Bill will look good in a dress.