Josh Marshall suggests that the Republican Party is no long a “party” in any recognizable sense. Rather, he argues, it has become subservient to Fox News and its on-line kin (Breitbart, RedState, etc.) and their bubble-dwelling audience.
And there you have it: Years of build up of fantastical conspiracy theories, completely unrealistic political goals, all leaving the party ungovernable and vulnerable to a takeover by someone like Donald Trump who was willing to satisfy the demand the institutional GOP had studiously cultivated but was both unwilling and unable to satiate. Will Saletan had an observation several months ago which captures this and which I continue to think is one of most apt insights I’ve seen into contemporary American politics: the GOP is a failed state and Donald Trump is its warlord.
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