Farewell, Grand Old Party | Newgeography.com
. . . "FAREWELL, GRAND OLD PARTY."
This has been festering for quite a while.
The Republican Party Becomes the Whig Party
It does appear as if the Republican party did not learn anything from the period 1850-1860, but who knows. It is clear that the Republican party as currently structured is incoherent. Kotkin understands this implicitly, "In contrast, the Republican Party consists of interest groups that so broadly dislike each other that they share little common ground.
GOP libertarians want more social freedoms; social conservatives want less. Neocons hunger for war, while most other Republicans, both libertarian and constitutionalist conservatives, reject Bushian interventionism. The rising populist wave now inundating the party and driving the Trump juggernaut both detests, and is detested by, the party’s media, corporate and intellectual establishment."
The splintering of the Whig party resulted in the Republican party which was dominant in politics for more than a century. There is no less reason to believe that a splintering of the Republican party would not have similar results. Prior to 1860, the splintering of the Whig party and the creation of the Republican party allowed the new Republican party to be more germane to the issues of the time. Today, neither the Republican, nor Democrat parties are as germane as they should be. The first party to fully embrace the Third Way will dominate political perhaps for a century. A splintering Republican party would likely allow the antagonistic factions within it to separate, and build more cohesive groups. One would likely find its way to the Third Way, and this would likely attract many from the independent ranks, resulting in electoral dominance.
Trump is likely to be the wedge which causes the splintering of the Republican party. In that sense, he is a positive political element.