Could Trumpism Destroy the Republican Party?

Nate Cohn and others: “A review of public polling, extensive interviews with a host of his supporters in two states and a new private survey that tracks voting records all point to the conclusion that Mr. Trump has built a broad, demographically and ideologically diverse coalition, constructed around personality, not substance, that bridges demographic and political divides. In doing so, he has effectively insulated himself from the consequences of startling statements that might instantly doom rival candidates.”

“The breadth of Mr. Trump’s coalition … suggests he has the potential to outdo the flash-in-the-pan candidacies that roiled the last few Republican nominating contests. And it hints at the problem facing his competitors and the growing pressure on them to confront him.”

“Trumpism, the data and interviews suggest, is an attitude, not an ideology.”

Molly Ball: “Trump’s candidacy has blasted open the GOP’s longstanding fault lines at a time when the party hoped for unity. His gleeful, attention-hogging boorishness—and the large crowds that have cheered it—cements a popular image of the party as standing for reactionary anger rather than constructive policies. As Democrats jeer that Trump has merely laid bare the true soul of the GOP, some Republicans wonder, with considerable anguish, whether they’re right.”

8 Comments

  1. Republicans “wonder if their right”? What Republican party have they been living in?

  2. I think history will show that the decline of the Republican Party preceded Trump. He’s just that catalyst that is making the inevitable happen faster.

  3. Molly Ball’s story is about an alleged divide between TP GOPers who want an ideologically pure party (although the nature of the ideology is somewhat in question) and “establishment” GOPers who want to win elections at the national level.

    However, the fact that Trump, who has no discernible ideology other than supporting whatever is likely to benefit Trump, is getting support from the TP GOPers who Molly Ball claims want an ideologically pure GOP is evidence that something other than ideological purity is at issue.

  4. Trump is saying nothing which hasn’t been said repeatedly by lower-level Republican officials, candidates and activists for the last twenty years. He hasn’t changed the party; he’s only peeled off the mask.

  5. Makes sense. When you appeal to a voter type which disdains experience, expertise and a track record of accomplishment in governing, the attitude can be what matters most.

  6. I’m of the thought that Trump is like a quick, swift kick in the pants – and the republican has needed this for years!

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