President Trump has installed himself King over the Republican Party and has all but named it the Trumplican Party. The coronation happened on Twitter, as Ed Gillespie lost his bid for governor of Virginia.
Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for. Don’t forget, Republicans won 4 out of 4 House seats, and with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2017
Ed Gillespie, former Chairman of the RNC. Former Counselor to President George W. Bush. Former senior campaign official for Mitt Romney. Now he is without a party, for the Trumplican Party does not stand for what the Ed Gillespies, George W. Bushes and Mitt Romneys stand for. And by that I mean they do not stand for personally embracing Donald Trump and whatever he decides to say or tweet at any given time.
As of tonight, you’re a RINO if Trump says you’re a RINO. And you’re not a Republican unless you’re a Trumplican–and these determinations can be made after the fact, especially if you lose. Let’s see if you ever hear Luther Strange’s name utter from Trump’s lips or see it on his Twitter feed again, for example.
If there was a more ominous portent for the GOP, it’s this, plus the fact that the GOP is actually viewed even worse by Americans than the Democrats, who are regarded somewhere beneath a door-to-door funeral plot salesman or a buy-here-pay-here used car lot owner.
With this loss–which was entirely predictable for months, given Virginia’s Demo-graphics, especially in the northern counties, Donald Trump has completed his takeover of the GOP. It’s an interesting strategy, because Trump would rather personally win and make the GOP his personal cult than have the GOP itself win. In this way, he’s very much like Barack Obama, who consolidated his hold on Congress for two years, then lost as the Obamacrat Party pulled further and further left.
Now the Barack-less Obamacrat Party has put itself on a path of self-destruction, which in turn made room for Trump to complete his GOP takeover. Both parties are locked in a deadly embrace, taking them further apart policy-wise and closer together in the paranoid conspiracy sense than they’ve ever been. And ordinary Americans have to live with the fallout.
A Trumplican Party is not, long term, a good thing, just like the Obamacrat Party was not good for the Democrats, or for America.
Losing one governor’s race in a state where it was likely the Democrats would win anyway is not a huge loss for the GOP, electorally-speaking. But it does mark Trump’s self-coronation, when he rejects a party stalwart because he “did not embrace me or what I stand for.”
This night will be remembered as the night Trump broke the GOP like a new bronco. Welcome to the Trumplican Party.