At least since he launched his presidential campaign in June 2015, Donald Trump has been extremely effective at dashing naïve hopes and expectations. Of course he’d be repudiated by Republican voters for his unorthodox message. Of course he’d fail to win his party’s nomination. Of course he’d lose his battle with Hillary Clinton for the presidency.
Until, of course, he prevailed every time.
On Sunday afternoon at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, Trump did it again — this time disabusing those who have hoped that early in the Biden administration the GOP would find itself embroiled in a civil war from which an anti-Trump faction might emerge, if not victorious, then at least capable of holding its own in a fight to regain a position of power and influence in the party.