Can the GOP ever redeem itself?

Democrats look well poised to beat President Trump and the Republican Party in this fall’s election. There are some observers who hope that a good electoral thrashing will bring Republican leaders to their senses and cause them to steer a course away from the party’s unofficial platform of revanchism, culture wars, and white identity politics toward a less-alarming path.

But defeat — no matter how large or ignominious— probably won’t redeem the GOP, nor cure it of its Trumpist excesses.

A landslide victory for Democratic candidate Joe Biden “would turn the Trump era of nihilism, tribalism, and cruelty into a cautionary tale of extremism, illiberalism, and, above all, failure,” Andrew Sullivan wrote last week.


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