I thought I’d create this thread for discussion of what the Republican party will be and should be after the election.
I’m a registered Republican although I haven’t found many Republican candidates to vote for in a while.
It is my belief that Trumpism – which I will use as a short hand for xenophobic authoritarianism and other reactions to demographic change – will continue to own the current Republican party for a generation. The small-government/anti-regulation Republicans, the social conservatives, and the global leadership Republicans will all have to decide what their role in the Republican party will be going forward. I don’t think these factions, even joined together, will be strong enough to wrest control of party institutions from the Trumpists. Will they be content to be the “sane” wing of the party, despised by their Trumpist peers? Will they decamp to the Democrats and try to ally with centrists there to influence the course of the country? Or will they try to form (or take over an existing) third party. In so doing, how will they handle their own internal divisions?