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Megan McArdle

The Four Horsemen of the Republican Apocalypse

Trump, Bush, Christie and Kasich inadvertently wrecked their party's chances this fall.
Remember the crowded stage last October?

Remember the crowded stage last October?

Photographer: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Last night, I commemorated Donald Trump’s victory in the Republican primaries by eating Mexican food in Utah, a redder-than-red state where he came in a distant third.

While I ate my very tasty beef taco, I mulled on the factors that have brought us to this pass. Other columnists may look forward, to the heat death of the Republican Party and the triumphant ascent of Hillary Clinton to the position of least popular Democratic president since Jimmy Carter. But I’d like to take a moment to remember the folks who have brought us to this strange pass -- the four horsemen of the Republican apocalypse, if you will.