The GOP’s vision for American life is that Democrats stole the 2020 election from Donald Trump.
The party’s central idea for national governance is that Donald Trump should be in charge of it.
And its policy agenda is, well, doing things that could make it easier for Trump to win in 2024.
There are heretics like Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney, who dared to suggest that Trump’s incitement of a riot at the Capitol in January was bad.
There are pariahs like Utah Senator Mitt Romney, who voted to convict the former president in two impeachment trials for abusing power.
And there is a party that can’t quite yet bring itself to cast out Cheney and Romney.
After January 6, some commentators spoke of a “civil war” within the Republican Party and the wider conservative movement between the pro-Trump and anti-Trump factions. »