So far, I have viewed the GOP presidential race as a slow-motion train wreck, but after South Carolina I think there are reasons to be optimistic:
1) Conservative candidates took 67.5% of the vote.
2) At some point, conservative Republicans will coalesce behind Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz. Either, at that point, should be able to defeat the RINO Trump rather easily. The risk, obviously, is that such unification could come too late.
3) As for the last point, it will take 1,237 delegates to win the nomination. So far, Trump has 61.
4) Jeb Bush is out of the race, a happy development. Carson and Kasich may or may not drop out soon–my guess is they won’t–but their voters will start to fall away. It is reasonable to expect that most of those voters will gravitate toward one of the conservative candidates, and my guess is that Rubio will get the largest number.
So, in my opinion, the Sun is shining a little brighter this morning.