Frank Rich's essay is worth a read - as are some of the comments, especially that of a commenter from Tucson, who notes:
With luck, she'll be eaten by a genuine progressive grizzly. But that may be too much to hope for.
I used to wonder how the European tyrants of the 1930s and '40s could have come to power.
What I'm seeing these days seems to be a slow-motion replay. Only this time, if the forces of darkness succeed in assuming power, there will be no democratic United States intervening to rescue the world. Instead this nation will be the threat, an irrational religious theocracy armed with thousands of nuclear weapons.
And Rich also reminds us that when the potential candidacy of George W. Bush was mentioned in the late 1990s, most observers dismissed him as an untraveled lightweight who stood no chance of being nominated, much less elected.
Be very afraid.