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Mark Sanford’s Loss Last Night Shows the Dangers of Underestimating President Trump and Of Being Out of Touch With the Rank-and-File GOP

State Rep. Katie Arrington hugs supporters as she defeated U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel for Katie Arrington’s results party on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in North Charleston, S.C. (Andrew Whitaker/The Post And Courier via AP)
 
Last night former South Carolina governor and (almost) five term member of the House of Representatives Mark Sanford lost his primary election to political new comer, State Representative Katie Arrington by a 50.5-46.5 margin. I’m not sure what either candidate really ran on other than Arrington–a Romney and Rubio supporter in the primaries–supported Trump and said she’d do so in the House and Sanford–a Trump supporter in the 2016 election–has decided that being NeverTrump was his life’s calling. Sometimes, his NeverTrump enthusiasm got the better of his commonsense, like this in the aftermath of the shooting of Representative Steve Scalise:
President Trump is “partially to blame” for the hostile, polarized environment that

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