[Ed. – As always, Kimberley Strassel has a thoughtful and useful perspective to help our thinking with. Something that stands out from her analysis, although she doesn’t emphasize it, is that you don’t have to be temperamentally anti-Trump to be effectively so. Rand Paul isn’t a Never Trumper by sentiment or attitude, but he does function as one nevertheless.]
If the past eight months have proved anything, it is that all the 24/7 news coverage of Donald Trump’s antics, all the millions of words devoted to Paul Ryan’s and Mitch McConnell’s plans, have been a complete waste of space and time. In the end, control of the entire policy agenda in Washington comes down to three senators. Three senators whom most Americans have never had a chance to vote for or against. Three senators who comprise 8% of their party conference. Arizona’s [score]John McCain[/score], Maine’s [score]Susan Collins[/score] and Kentucky’s [score]Rand Paul[/score]. Forget Caesar, Crassus and Pompey. Meet the Never-Trump Triumvirate. …
[W]hat do the Arizona maverick, the Maine moderate and the Kentucky libertarian have in common? Very little.
Well, very little save motivations that go beyond policy. And that is the crucial point that is missing from the endless analyses of the McCain-Collins-Paul defections on health care.