Is it REALLY Donald Trump’s party?
What about the young turks?
Middle or stay tribal hard Right?
Republicans are mulling what direction their party will take from here, now that it is finally crystal clear President Trump will leave the White House in January.
Two big questions dominate. Firstly, what kind of role will Trump himself seek? Secondly, is the more populist and nationalist direction he has pursued the right one for the future?
“I think it is the biggest question in American politics right now. Does the party continue down the path of Trump’s worldview or does it recalibrate as a more traditional conservative party?” said GOP strategist Alex Conant, who worked for Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) 2016 presidential campaign….
Trump in the end lost by a much more decisive margin than appeared to be the case on election night. President-elect Joe Biden defeated him by about 4 percentage points and 6 million votes nationwide. Biden’s Electoral College win was clear, even if it was decided by somewhat tighter margins.
Trump is now the first incumbent president since George H.W. Bush in 1992 to lose a reelection battle.
On the other hand, Trump received around 74 million votes, the highest-ever total for a GOP president or nominee. He outperformed the predictions of opinion polls.
Trump may be the most divisive president of modern times with the nation at large but he is by far the most popular Republican in the country with the GOP base. In the most recent Economist-YouGov poll, conducted Nov. 15-17, 91 percent of Republican voters viewed him favorably and 88 percent approved of his performance in office….
“He absolutely has shifted the party, fundamentally, in a good way,” said Brad Blakeman, who served on the senior staff in former President George W. Bush’s White House.
Blakeman acknowledged, however, that Trump’s fiercely aggressive personal demeanor was ultimately a turn-off to many voters. The most likely next step for the party, he argued, would be a broadly Trump-like policy agenda tempered by more palatable presentation.
“The rhetoric is going to be toned way down, although the need to be aggressive in policy is not a bad thing,” Blakeman said. “Plain speaking is not a bad thing.”
Speculation is already swirling around possible 2024 GOP presidential contenders, if Trump does not run….