Donald Trump Is Evolving. Will the #NeverTrumpers Evolve With Him?

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Welcome to Donald Trump 2.0:

Donald Trump, after notching a big win in New York, is planning to roll out significant changes in his campaign, including giving a policy speech on foreign affairs and using teleprompters and a speechwriter….Mr. Trump, in an interview, acknowledged the need for a shift. “The campaign is evolving and transitioning, and so am I,” he said. “I’ll be more effective and more disciplined.” He’s changing, he said, because “I’m not going to blow it.”

It seems like I’ve heard this before. Maybe two or three times before, in fact. And yet, somehow nothing ever seems to change.

Still, this could be fascinating. A foreign policy speech with teleprompters and a speechwriter implies that the speech will be written with input from foreign policy experts. But who? The ragtag team Trump announced a couple of weeks ago? And how exactly would a foreign policy expert mold Trump’s actual positions (take the oil, make our allies pay us lots of money, tax China, etc.) into something non-insane?

Beats me. But I suppose it can be done. And it will be interesting to watch all the conservative #NeverTrumpers start their slow conversion into Trump supporters: “He really seems to have matured.” “That speech was surprisingly sensible.” “We may have underestimated Trump.” “Everyone gets a little crazy during primaries.” “We can’t afford four years of Hillary.” “Trump 2016!”

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