2016 might-have-beens a useful guide
Boston Herald - 10/19/2016
As this extraordinary, wretched presidential campaign enters its final weeks, it is impossible not to think about how very different this election would be if the Republicans had nominated someone — anyone — besides Donald Trump, and what a horrible, foolish mistake was made by those people like Ann Coulter, Howie Carr, Sean Hannity, and Chris Christie who supported Trump while the Republican nomination was still in doubt.
Imagine, in particular, that the Republicans had nominated U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who I always thought was the strongest potential general election candidate among the Republican contenders. If Rubio were the Republican candidate today …
We would still be talking about one candidate’s failure to be open and transparent with the electorate — only now the focus would be entirely on Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 deleted emails, not Donald Trump’s tax returns.