"Admit it — during the campaign you did not consider the possibility that if a terrible tragedy struck the country involving all of our worst political ghosts of the past plus neo-Nazism, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz would know the appropriate thing to say but Donald Trump would have no idea."
Even now, the miserable tools that get paid to write this garbage for the New York Times cannot bring themselves to admit the truth. I can point you toward numerous left-leaning websites, like my own, which stated plainly all along who Trump was and what he was up to; plenty of people considered "the possibility" of what a Trump Presidency would mean, and far more importantly have been pointing out for years that it is not Trump's goal alone, but the goal of the whole Republican party at least since Reagan- to erase the last vestiges of democracy in this country and replace it by a fascist oligarchy in which no more than a couple hundred families run the country, totally for their own benefit.
And just to finish the categorization of the deliberate blindness, or just lying, of Gail Collins, what do the two people she mentioned as standing up against Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, have in common? They are the two most likely people to be the Republican Presidential candidate in 2020, if Trump is pushed out of office. They see themselves as the main beneficiaries of Trump's fall. At this point, anyone who thinks that a single one of the Republican leaders will ever act based on decency and the best interest of the country is a gigantic fool. These guys are, as Republicans always do, serving their own self-interest in attacking Trump. Other than that, they are totally on board with the entire Republican program of making the country the sole possession of the hyper-rich.