The GOP’s return to Trump is not really a surprise because of the psychological forces known as ‘belief polarization’ and the ‘black sheep effect.’
By mislabelling the radical members of the Republican Party “conservative,” the mainstream media gives them a veneer of respectability.
Morgan Marietta, David C. Barker: A less Trumpy version of Trumpism might be the future of the Republican Party
Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, but his populist ideas may continue to animate the Republican Party.
A good deal of recent commentary about the Republican Party conceives of it as a Trumpist rump devoid of any ideology save the acquisition and maintenance of power[….] This is nonsense.
The normal to which we are supposed to want to return is what gave us Donald Trump in the first place, and the forces that produced that outcome have not gotten weaker in the interim
Fearmongering is pretty much all Trump’s got, so he’s going with it.
Rickety, broken even, as American government and society in many ways are, they have not, until of late, been simply failed. Rather they have been, and are being, failed by the Trump administration and the Republican Party
Trump is not an aberration but the natural consequence of central strands in Republican party politics and political maneuver over the last thirty years.
A conservative Republican comes to terms with what his party has become.
Many grassroots Democrats separated from their party in the 1990s, and the 2020 election may be the last chance to save the marriage.
The roots of much of the turmoil in the current Republican Party are centuries old. They go back, in fact, to the twin crimes that have helped shape this country from its very beginning: slavery and imperial expansion.
So what happens when everyone thinks they’re smarter than everyone else?