As night follows day, recriminations flowed in the Republican camp after Donald Trump laid claim to the GOP presidential nomination.
To hear many tell it, Jeb Bush is at fault for taking Trump too lightly. Or Ted Cruz, for failing to broaden his appeal after winning Wisconsin. Or "the establishment" generally, because - well, because everything is its fault.
Fine. But there hasn't been nearly enough blaming of the people most responsible for The Donald's rise: his voters.
They are perpetually - indulgently - described as "angry," or "frustrated," or "fed up," and no doubt they are. But exactly how reasonable are those feelings, and how rational a response to them is a vote for Trump?
The answers, respectively, are "only somewhat" and "not at all."
Yes, the country faces perplexing challenges, which Washington seems unable or unwilling to resolve. I would never tell denizens of a distressed factory town to shut up and count their blessings.