The GOP is Trump’s party now
The Wall Street Journal
“The battle for the soul of the Republican Party is over,” said Gerald Seib, “and President Trump has won.” No matter what happens in the midterm elections, the remaining resistance in the GOP to Trump’s combative populism has crumbled. The party’s base has largely embraced his once heretical positions on trade, immigration, and national security, and many GOP candidates are mimicking his style and message. After the divisive battle over Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, even establishment Republicans with reservations about Trump have come to see him “as a useful shield” against “a Democratic Party they dislike and fear.” The remaining “Never Trump” Republicans are simply leaving the party. A new poll shows 87 percent of Republican voters approve of Trump’s job performance. It’s not that most Republicans “like his demeanor”; they often wince over what comes out of his mouth and Twitter account. But for these Republicans, a strong economy—and his conservative Supreme Court picks—justify Trump’s methods. In the long run, however, the embrace of Trumpism is a big risk for the GOP, since a majority of Americans are repelled by him and his policies. “If the economy goes south,” the party’s fortunes may go with it.