Why won't #NeverTrump just die already?

Everyone knows that this anti-Trump movement has failed — except for the principled conservatives behind the movement

The, still official, Republican nominee for president.
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Give the #NeverTrump movement credit for persistence. For many months leading up to the Republican National Convention, this collection of Republican and conservative dissidents pursued a two-track strategy to defeat Donald Trump. The first track aimed at denying Trump the nomination through rules changes and grassroots activism. The second track hoped to find a figure who could run a credible independent candidacy that would drain enough votes from Trump — and hopefully Hillary Clinton — to keep either from winning a majority in the Electoral College, forcing the election into the House of Representatives.

The finality of the convention seemed to spell the end of Track One, and the lack of volunteers the end of Track Two. The closest that the anti-Trump movement got on the latter was some interest from National Review analyst and conservative activist David French — interest that lasted a few days in June, followed by his public demurral. In choosing not to pursue the matter, French wrote that Track Two still existed and should be carried out — but by a candidate who "either is extraordinarily wealthy … or is a transformational political talent."

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Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey has been writing about politics since 2003 in his blog, Captain's Quarters, and now writes for HotAir.com. His columns have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Post, The New York Sun, the Washington Times, and other newspapers. Morrissey has a daily Internet talk show on politics and culture at Hot Air. Since 2004, Morrissey has had a weekend talk radio show in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and often fills in as a guest on Salem Radio Network's nationally-syndicated shows. He lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota with his wife, son and daughter-in-law, and his two granddaughters. Morrissey's new book, GOING RED, will be published by Crown Forum on April 5, 2016.