WHAT WOULD EMERGE FROM THE RUINS OF THE GOP?

As the Donald J. Trump campaign illuminates the deep fissures in the Republic Party itself, the questions of the party’s future run rife.

Is its “tea party” movement dead, a victim of being bought out by big money? Can the conservatives continue to coexist with libertarians, and the other way around? Where would the vitriolic Trump core go? What about the Establishment wings of Wall Street money or Main Street businessmen, each of them of a pragmatic streak? Can any of the factions emerging from the Republican Party move to the moderate center where the independent voters cluster? Who would be welcomed and who would be scorned? We’re seeing how Trump despises everyone but aging white males – and like it or not, he’s the voice and the face of the party.

I had thought the Libertarian Party would have made more inroads than it has in the current climate, but I’m sensing that for many disenchanted Republicans, the pro-choice stance has to be a deal-breaker. Could be, too, Gary Johnson’s just too hippie for staid traditionalists of the Romney-Bush-Huckabee mold.

Step back, though, and you’ll see another dividing line running through each of the party’s constituencies. Any question of realignment would have to rest on the abortion issue.

It’s enough to make you wonder just what’s been holding them together, isn’t it? Or if there’s enough commonality to continue.

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