04-08-2016, 06:57 PM
Except it won't discredit the alt-right, or any other similar ideology, amongst the actual base. The frustration of the GOP's base will continue to grow and fester, especially if they perceive that Donald Trump was robbed of the nomination. The Cruz camp will also become disillusioned with the GOP once Ted Cruz, the second place finisher, doesn't get the nomination either. That's two massive and angry camps, and it dwarfs anything Ron and/or Rand Paul could ever muster.
The anger isn't going away. The base won't be open to the idea of small government and free markets; they'll be looking for revenge. The smartest thing that the GOP could do is let Donald Trump lose in November. That is both the literal and symbolic defeat of his movement.
Creating the perception that Trump was robbed in Cleveland makes him a political martyr. The message lives on and will probably be taken up by someone similar to Trump, but much more politically articulate. Think someone with Donald Trump's brashness but with Rand Paul's mind for policy articulation. Little Marco wouldn't stand a chance.