"The stories they told me over a 90-minute conversation at a bar called Black Jack in Washington DC provided an entirely different view of the campaign and of elite Republican thinking. They spoke with unusual candor about which strategies they pushed that they now regret, how they believe network executives conspired against their candidates, what a disaster the Republican convention will be and why a Hillary Clinton blowout may be upon us. This is what it’s like to lose to Donald Trump."
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Even though it's a longread, it's so good I've read it twice already this morning. It's called "Sad!", it's written by Sam Stein, it's as good a piece on the insides of the GOP as you're going to get all year.
IKN isn't your stop-off for USA election banter and it's not going to change into one, either, but this article featuring the defeated campaign managers from the Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz campaigns is packed with insight and is a must-read for anyone who cares about the vote coming at the end of the year. Here's part of the intro blurb:
The whole thing is here. We know Sam Stein is no friend of Trump's, having called his campaign a sideshows and saying, "If you are interested in what The Donald has to say, you’ll find it next to our stories on the Kardashians and ‘The Bachelorette.'”. He got the mood 100% wrong in 2015 and may be out with an axe to grind but this piece is less about the author, more about what's in quote marks.