"We're going to have so many victories that at some point they're going to come out of your ears! ... We're going to have so many victories, and they're going to be great victories, and we're going to have them all the time, because we have an amazing country. We have a country that is dying to, that just wants to have victory. We don't have wins anymore. We don't have it."
And the crowd went crazy. Policy, issues, platforms, government experience -- none of it matters. What matters is the strong man on the white stallion, promising to make things better by simply being the strong man on the white stallion.
I've never witnessed the dissolution of a major political party -- it's been something that you only read about in the history books, like steamboats and dueling. But watching the GOP leadership crisis bubbling up in Washington, and the continued dominance of Trump out on the campaign trail, I'm beginning to wonder if this is what it might look like. History tells us that it doesn't happen because the opposing party, in this case the Democrats, is so successful. It happens because of tensions and differences within the party itself that turn out to be irreconcilable with reality.