The GOP Establishment is so far out of touch with what it means to be a Republican voter, it can’t get over Donald Trump.
As I pointed out in my book The Right Stuff, the GOP has been losing its base of white voters for years, and the party is still in denial about this.
The GOP’s refusal to embrace and embrace the reality that white voters are losing their party, and are abandoning it in droves, is part of a larger problem for the party: the loss of the GOP base, and a deepening crisis of trust in the Republican Party’s leadership.
This is not a political problem that is going to go away, but a political crisis that is likely to get worse and worse, as the Republican base grows less and less responsive to the party’s core values.
In an election year when the stakes are high, it is particularly hard to believe that a party with its base still reeling from the 2016 election can maintain its power.
Trump is a monster, and Trumpism is toxic.
He is a toxic force that can never be undone.
In his book The Art of the Deal, Trump himself wrote, “The establishment doesn’t know how to handle a crisis, or how to get out of one.”
The problem with the Republican establishment, in other words, is that it is in denial.
And the GOP establishment is incapable of dealing with this crisis.
It is not only a problem in the 2016 presidential election, but it is a problem for any party that does not take seriously the long-term consequences of its policies, or even its own candidates.
As Trump said in his speech, the Republican leadership is “the biggest and the most dishonest group of liars and crooks in Washington.”
The GOP establishment, then, has become a party of denial.
Its inability to grasp the reality of the crisis it faces means it has little interest in the Trump coalition.
This makes it the party of the most disaffected white voters in America.
If the party does not recognize and embrace this reality, it will not be able to govern.
Trumpism and Trump nationalism have brought an economic crisis to our country.
If it cannot deal with this, then the party will be left with the choice of choosing to stay in denial, or choosing to confront the reality in a different way.
That is the choice facing the Republican party, right now.
It cannot survive unless it takes the crisis seriously, and is willing to do something about it.