A linked piece below from from the National Review…..
A REPEAT of this dog pointing out that Donald Trump only ‘owns’ a part of the Grand ole Party….
The whole 9 yards……
And for that?
He IS NOT gonna be the Amnerican President AGAIN….
There is nothing funny about Trump’s lack of grace in victory after Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary. What is funny, though, is that the guy who’s been marking his territory for a half century with gleaming, gaudy “TRUMP” emblems has not yet branded one on the GOP, in recognition of its no longer being the old party, much less grand. In 2024, for the reasons Noah Rothman expertly gleans from the results in New Hampshire and Iowa, Trump’s is the Small New Party.
It’s all his, and good luck with that. But he can’t win with it. I thought it would take longer into the campaign cycle to illustrate this fact, but it’s already plain….
Close to 50 percent opposition from presumptive supporters is bad news for the former president. Remember, that’s now, when things are going as well as they’re going to go. Democrats haven’t even started the messaging onslaught against Trump that is coming — to say nothing of the criminal trials.
Trump has the devoted support of the Trump Party. But it is small. Traditionally, Democrats have had a numerical advantage over Republicans; that has evaporated, but mainly because more Americans now identify as independents (41 percent) than as Republicans or Democrats (about 28 percent each). But the important point is this: Because of its comparatively modest size, the Republican Party — which has won the popular vote for president just once since 1988 — had to attract Democrats and independents.
The new Trump Party is significantly smaller than the Republican Party as it existed prior to Trump’s emergence. So what does Trump need in order to be competitive in November? That’s easy. Even more than the old Republican Party, he needs disaffected Democrats, independents, and non-Trump Republicans.
And what is he doing to get them? Get them? He’s purposely alienating them.
Trump is the impetus that keeps disaffected Democrats in the Democratic fold. Nearly two-thirds of independents voted against him in New Hampshire — a continuation of his hemorrhaging of their support from 2016 to 2020. And the reason the Republican Party no longer exists as such is the approximately one in five Republicans who want nothing to do with Trump — the ones he belittles as RINOs.
The RINO insult is incoherent. Most of what Trump labels RINOs are what, until recently, we thought of as actual Republicans. They are on the outs now because (a) they won’t join the Trump personality cult and, (b) to the extent there is an ideological “Trumpism” (as opposed to one man’s eccentric, reactive views), they won’t swallow its heresies from traditional conservatism (e.g., big intrusive government, runaway spending, unsustainable entitlements, protectionism, skepticism about America’s leadership in the world, embrace of anti-American dictators while vilifying American political rivals, and the promise of a Democrat-style retributive-justice system rather than a traditional American justice system that reveres equal protection under the law)….
The newer, smaller Republican Party, the Trump Party in all but name, will not return its hero to the Oval Office. If Trump accomplishes anything, it will be to convert RINO from a punch line to a badge of honor….