Trump’s personality cult has created a split that will lead to a new Tory party
Opinion editor Adam Van Brimmer blogs on local topics of interest most mornings of the week in the “Savannah’s Town Square Facebook Group ». The following is an excerpt from one of those posts. Join the group on Facebook.com by searching for “Savannah’s Town Square”.
Divide or die.
It flies in the face of conventional wisdom, but there’s no question that Republicans have no other choice when it comes to their future. Political and even ideological differences can be negotiated and corrected, as we have often seen over the years by the GOP and Democrats.
This current break, however, is about integrity and principles. One faction decided that holding power was the only priority, even if it required undermining democracy and inciting coup attempts. The other bloc finds this political philosophy repugnant and refuses to join in such actions.
Many had hoped that the party’s high-level elected leaders would bring the GOP back from the abyss once Donald Trump stepped down. A few have tried, but as we saw last week, with the Rep. Liz Cheney stripped of her caucus position, the party’s superiors stand alongside the despot of Mar-a-Lago.
Their loyalty is driven by fear of how Republican voters will act at the polls in 2022 if they do not embrace Trumpism. They don’t believe they can win the GOP primaries next spring if they’re not in the good graces of the former president.
This ignores the greater fear manifested the last time Americans went to the polls: Trump is anathema to the electorate at large. Trump’s loyalists will struggle to win competitive races. Trump is transforming Democrats and shutting down moderates. Interrogate Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp realizes this reality, which is why he continues Trump’s policies but calls a spade a spade when it comes to the “big lie.”
Others try another tactic – a new party. A group of 150 prominent Republicans presented a letter this week called “a call for American renewal.” There are a few big names, including former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, as well as several former members of Congress and Senators.
The most notable are those who have not made a commitment: the current elected representatives, including the declared opponents such as the senses. Mitt Romney and Ben Sasse and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, and the toughest donors.
The interest of the latter is the only thing that can make a new party viable, and most of these funders understand that a new conservative-leaning party is a long coin that will require massive funding over several election cycles. just to settle down.
Initially, a new party will dilute the GOP vote more than it does for Democratic support, ensuring greater power for Democrats.
It’s a gambit, but the GOP is approaching the point where the short-term pain is worth it for the long-term gain.