At Politico by Burgess Everett --
Early this month, a long list of Republicans stood poised to
lead the party forward after yet another crushing White House defeat.
The GOP would have a menu of options to take on Hillary Clinton in 2020:
the hard-edged conservatism of Ted Cruz, the lofty oratory of Marco
Rubio, the earnest wonkery of Paul Ryan or the brawny national security
vision of Tom Cotton.
Instead, the GOP’s crowded bench of 40-something upstarts
will have to remain seated. Their short-term presidential hopes have
been essentially extinguished by Trump’s conquest of both the Republican
Party and Clinton.
And barring a first-term collapse of the first-time officeholder, it may
be several White House election cycles before they have another shot.