Damon Linker: The End of the GOP As We Know It? – The Week

Dennis Sanders

Dennis is the pastor of a small Protestant congregation outside St. Paul, MN and also a part-time communications consultant. A native of Michigan, you can check out his writings over on Medium and subscribe to his Substack newsletter on religion and politics called Polite Company.  Dennis lives in Minneapolis with his husband Daniel.

Related Post Roulette

13 Responses

  1. “Did you vote for Donald Trump? Then you’re not actually a Republican”

    A real Republican wouldn’t support for someone that ignorant about the world. I mean, someone who’s a bully and a blowhard. I mean, someone who demonizes immigrants. I mean, someone who champions torture.Report

  2. Alan Scott says:

    Trump doesn’t have median Republican views, but he’s 100% the Republican brand–the brand that they spent the last 20 years building. He is more Republican than flat tax or overturning Roe v. Wade–it’s silly to pretend that his message is anti-republican, even if it’s not the message that a certain class of republican would support.Report

  3. Saul Degraw says:

    I am not impressed. Alan and Mike are right. The GOP has been building Trumpism for at least 20 years. Probably more like 40 to 45 years. Now the chickens are coming home to roost and the GOP elites are not really happy. By elites, I mean the elected officials, opinion journalists of a somewhat higher value than talk radio, policy wonks, the business wing, etc. Now they are all talking about how Trump is not really a Republican.

    Trump is the bed that the GOP made. Republicans need to lie in it.Report

    • North in reply to Saul Degraw says:

      Yes, this, they sowed the wind now they get to reap the whirlwind.Report

      • veronica d in reply to North says:

        Yeah but… I’m worried that all of us must share in the whirlwind. Honestly, it’s a bit scary.Report

        • North in reply to veronica d says:

          I can feel that too but honestly, Hillary? She can handle Trump. Look at what he has done in the GOP primary:
          -Hurl horrible over the top accusations
          -Levy charges that have no to scant evidence behind them
          -Call them names
          -Get in their face
          -Scream at them

          Poor Marco had moments when he looked like he was going to wet himself. It’s obvious they’d never been treated that way and they had no idea to handle it.

          Now look at that list of behavior again and look at Hillary. She calls that list “every other Tuesday”; the GOP has been pulling that kind of shit with her for twenty to thirty years now. And unlike the GOP clown car occupants Hillary doesn’t have to worry about offending Trump’s supporters if she laughs in his face. Hillary’s base and the general electorate is 100% used to hearing and mostly dismissing utter bullshit and invective thrown at Hillary Clinton. Sure the GOP base will hear Trump say all that stuff and go “ooohhhh… he got her good!” but everyone else in the country will just see a strange wigged orange baboon screaming at Hillary Clinton and will either get annoyed on her behalf or say “Must be Tuesday again”.

          Barring some black swan scandal it seems to me like Trump is the kind of GOP general election foe that the Clinton Machine was custom built to obliterate. She couldn’t ask for a better opponent.Report

          • Alan Scott in reply to North says:

            Agreed 100%

            (This, by the way, is among the biggest reasons I worry about a Sanders Candidacy. He has the Chris Christie problem of being the candidate whose appeal is his willingness to get loud, but will never be as loud as Trump.)Report

    • Roland Dodds in reply to Saul Degraw says:

      Trump is basically the caricature of Reagan that the radio wing of the party have crafted over twenty years. The guy who never backed down, who plays stands up for the little guy, that is above the political fray, etc. None of that was accurate, but it was the character they built. Now someone walked onto the stage and wore the visage.Report

  4. greginak says:

    This is the kind of thing that will hit the fan against Trumpy if he is the R nom. And is just the most recent. There is more of this in his past of various sorts.


  5. Stillwater says:

    The end of the GOP as we know it?

    God I hope so.Report