Will the Republican Party split into two parties? | The Tylt
Will the Republican Party split into two parties?
Politico thinks the split began years ago, but we're only seeing it now:
The Republican Party is like a gigantic Antarctic ice shelf with fissures we’ve watched develop for years....But in the glaring sun of Donald Trump, those dividing lines are no longer survivable: The party has melted down and cracked apart, and its various components are drifting away....The party’s voters and its elites are not only separate constituencies, but ones whose interests and beliefs are incompatible.
Common enemies like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have been the glue that held the coalition together for decades. If Hillary wins the presidency, that alone could be the unifying force Republicans need to keep the party together.
Nearly 1 out of 3 Republican Senators have refused to endorse Trump. That's unprecedented. And many Trump supporters will be furious with GOP leaders if Trump loses—they may be open to joining a new, alt-right party.
As early as 2001, Tim Pawlenty—later Minnesota’s governor and a presidential candidate—warned that the Republican Party needed “to be the party of Sam’s Club, not just the country club.” If the post-election GOP can figure out a way to bridge populism and free-trade, corporate donors and the rural working class, they can hold the party together.