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rickgthf
Senior Advisor

It's time for the republicans to start thinking about what comes after trump.

It's time for the republicans to start thinking about what or who comes after trump.  The trouble is, trump has done such a good job of sidelining his republican competition that it's hard to see who that might be. The party of Lincoln became the party of Nixon which became the Tea party and then the trump party, shedding moderates all along the way.  Now all that remains is a bunch of wild-eyed radicals too crazy and extreme to accept any leader who isn't bat-***** crazy like trump.

  The only ones who I can see who's right for what remains of the republican party today are Jim Jordan, or maybe DeSantis or Kemp.  I suppose Cotton could be but he's a Ted Bundy kind of guy.

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sdholloway56
Senior Advisor

Re: It's time for the republicans to start thinking about what comes after trump.

The GQP will still be a force but I just don't see anyone with the Reality TV/WWE theatrical chops that really provides the life force.

aljessen61
Senior Contributor

Re: It's time for the republicans to start thinking about what comes after trump.

Jim Jordan would be out standing along with Ted Cruz.

KNAPPer
Senior Contributor

Yes, I have been thinking about what comes after Trump.

I was thinking what the next reincarnation of the GOP might look like as well. I think Tom Cotton his eye on the Presidency and possibly Nikky Haley. I'm not sure any of the former candidates will catch on again, but they might. I wonder if Trump, considering how loyal all of his fans are, might kind of stay on as "Godfather" of the GOP (he is a Don). He seriously might not drop out of politics. Whether he will continue to rally and hold the faithful together to continue to lead the GOP by the leash like a dog remains to be seen.

A lot of it will depend on what happens over the next two to three years. There are some for sure things that the GOP will hold up against democrats:

The Deficit - this will be the fault of the Democrats and any attempt to blame Trump for it will be deferred to have been the fault of the pandemic, which is partly true.

Taxes - We can bet that if possible, taxes "on the wealthy" will be raised. Even if it is only levied on the wealthy, it will still be a tax hike, and the ultimate mantra of the GOP. "Biden raised taxes" - that's all that needs to be said.

The Economy - We are bound to have a slow pull out from the pickle we are in because of the pandemic. The GOP can always point back to the pre-pandemic Trump economy. We have the Bush to Obama progression as an example of how an ever improving economy can be made to look like the worst economy ever, and the GOP can simply repeat this but of history.

Health Care - This is a bit of a wildcard, but you can bet any attempt to get coverage for US citizens will bring out the ringing cry - Socialism, socialism, socialism! It's a winner for the GOP base. Getting people covered means nothing to them and as a matter of fact, they are against it.

Abortion - A mainstay and always a winner to rally the GOP.

I'm sure more could be added and like I said, it depends of what comes up over the next two to three years. We have the immigration wild card, the Muslim wildcard, terrorism wildcard (god forbid, but it could happen). Feel free to add to the list.........................

r3020
Senior Advisor

Re: It's time for the republicans to start thinking about what comes after trump.

Trump is a JFK dem. Strong love of country America first. Low taxes. Free stuff for everyone. Dems should love him.