David French has an article at NRO (motto: we are still Never Trump) trying to blame the lack of success of the Democratic Party during the 80s entirely on Jimmy Carter. It has the subheadline:
If the present trajectory doesn’t change, Republicans will learn what Democrats learned after their 1980 landslide defeat.
Does this mean that the GOP will learn to nominate unelectable folks? Certainly, the Democrats were unhappy with Jimmy because he was too far right on domestic policy. He was a deregulator. After Carter lost to Reagan then the Democrats nominated Mondale, Dukakis, and Clinton. David says (and might think):
Democrats, stung by defeat after defeat, kept tacking right in national politics — culminating in a Clinton presidency that in many respects was to the right of both national parties today.
The Democrat actions say the opposite. They tacked left from Jimmy with all their nominations. Bill campaigned and initially tried to govern from the left. Does David remember Hillarycare? The eruption of 1994 left him a choice: have a couple of years to make appointments or try to shape the times. He took the latter.
Shame on David for making such a dishonest argument. We are glad we have The Donald rather than Herself. We hope the GOP does better in the future but that is up to the GOP. What we really wish is that the Democrats could do better but that seems extraordinarily unlikely. We will try to explain why soon.