Peggy Noonan writes that, not unlike the Kübler-Ross stages of grief, she is seeing her friends go through the five stages of Trump:
- Denial (“He’s going nowhere, he’s a farce”).
- Anger (“This vulgar slob of a fool has some nerve messing with the American electoral process for his own enjoyment”).
- Bargaining (“If we make him promise to support the party if he doesn’t win, and he refuses, won’t that ruin him with the base?”).
- Depression (“He’s a reality-TV star! He has the hair of an abnormal person! He’s our next president? I must have picked the wrong year to give up hallucinogens”).
- Acceptance (“We’ve had worse”—a Democratic political professional actually said that to me).
Read more here from Peggy Noonan, who explains in the WSJ why the one candidate who might have derailed Hillary is unlikely to jump in now, and how, in 2020 and 2024, we’ll likely look back at 2016 as the good ol’ days.