Monday's HOT MIC
This makes sense on a number of levels. Trumpianism—or whatever you want to call it—is not really Republicanism in the traditional sense, any more than the borderline fascists running the opposition party represent Democratic values. The divides in the GOP are deep and perhaps irreconcilable, so at least on a philosophical level, a party split seems like the logical next step. Let's just admit we have two parties and formalize it already. But, of course, it's not that simple. Conventional wisdom says that third parties doom the divided party to electoral failure. But that was before Trump. Would he have enough clout to carry Trump Party candidates in congressional races? Certainly some, but how many? And how many current Republicans would be willing to defect to a new party? The main obstacle to the success of any attempt to build a new Trumpian party is that there are no term limits. Republicans in safe seats like it that way. They're risk-averse creatures of Washington and jumping party would require a principled, calculated risk. And you can bet that every last one of them would have their eyes on 2020 and/or 2024 when Trump is out, wondering if/when the Trump bubble is going to pop.