Marion McKeone: Letter from America

Since last June, the Republican Party has been a classic case study in the five stages of grief. Now it is resigned to a fate of which it is chief architect and enabler

20th March, 2016
The roaring boy: Donald Trump addresses his supporters during a campaign rally in Cincinnati Picture: Getty

Earlier this week, as the Sort-of-Super-Tuesday votes were counted for both parties, a chap named Tony Fratto tweeted: “What essentially happened today is @HillaryClinton was elected president. We have eight months of hyperventilating before its official.”

This is not the predictable hyperbole of a Clinton flunkey. Rather it came from an erstwhile Bush administration press spokesman, an affable enough fellow who, in the best Washington tradition, has spent the past eight years shamelessly...

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