How to Think About the Future of the GOP (Part 1)

The fight for the future of the Republican Party is on. Conservatism, Inc., it’s longtime patron and protector, is the incumbent, but it’s become clear voters want something different. And while the election is still 12 days away the battle has been joined. Conservatism, Inc. has a few advantages – they’re organized, well-funded, and other than sniping at GOP nominee Donald Trump and extolling the virtues of ex-CIA agent turned #NeverTrump presidential candidate Evan McMullin they have a lot of time on their hands.

So while the rest of the country is engaged in the serious business of electing a President, Beltway conservatives and their fellow travelers, having fled the field of battle, are circling the wagons to defend their positions and perks. And for some reason they still expect Americans to take them seriously.  Yet still they write. And write. And then they write some more about what will or should happen after the election. The conclusion is always, predictably, the same regardless of the purple prose that surrounds it: Conservatism, Inc. should take back the reins from the voters who backed Trump. In other words, back to business as usual.

What they miss is that there can be no business as usual regardless of who wins the election. Donald Trump’s candidacy is just the latest expression of a frustration and alienation that has been growing in this country – and throughout the West – for decades.  In this episode we address not just the future of the Republican Party or American conservatism but, more importantly, how these impact the direction of the country.

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Chris is publisher and editor of American Greatness and the host of The Chris Buskirk Show. He was a Publius Fellow at the Claremont Institute and received a fellowship from the Earhart Foundation. Chris is a serial entrepreneur who has built and sold businesses in financial services and digital marketing. He is a frequent guest on NPR's "Morning Edition." His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Hill, and elsewhere. Follow him on Twitter at @TheChrisBuskirk

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4 responses to “How to Think About the Future of the GOP (Part 1)”

  1. The future of the GOP for the next four-eight years will be tied to the success of the policies of President Donald Trump.

  2. If present trends continue, the GOP has no future. We voters are fed up with both parties but while the Democrats have their favorite (hag), the GOP has no favorite since the elitists turned against the candidate Republican voters nominated. At this point I don’t know who will win the election. Yes, some polls show Clinton with huge leads but they’re small sampling and the results is easily manipulated by pollsters who hate Trump. Four polls are now showing an essential dead heat. Clinton may end up winning but without a national vote. All I know is that my wife and I have already voted and we didn’t vote for Clinton, Johnson or Stein (or any of the other vanity candidates.) My wife and both hate Clinton equally and while she’s not excited about Trump, she along with some other 40% of American women voted for him. As for me, I’m a 70 year old white man, a Vietnam combat and don’t watch cable news. On the other hand, I read – and write. I’ve seen what the Democrats have done to this country with Republican help. I wasn’t for him at first but I soon realized that Trump is the only hope for this country to perhaps have a few more years before it goes completely to hell in a hand basket.

  3. True Conservatives® are indeed fighting for their perks and positions. It’s the “get mine while it lasts” mentality.

    I believe they all know, deep down, that it’s over. IF Trump does not win then Democrats will “legalize” tens of millions of uneducated Democrat voters – aka “illegals”. No more Republican control of the Senate or House. A fully irrational Supreme Court. And a permanent Democrat White House.

    Arguing over who controls the corpse of the GOP at this stage is rather like passengers on the sinking Titanic arguing over the last piece of dessert. To see the pundits laugh about it as their heads bobble is infuriating.