This shouldn't be news to anyone who has been paying attention for the past 20 years. In particular, the Tea Party was a major attempt to force the Republican party to respect the actual beliefs of its voters. This was followed by Trump, with a similar goal (combined with a broader populist appeal). It's an ongoing struggle, and even if Trump wins a second time and practical control of the party, it will inevitably be necessary to repeat the process eventually.
The Democrats went through a similar process with Hillary v Obama. Their populists won when Obama was nominated, but Obama failed to fully seize control of the party itself. This led to Hillary in 2016. Now the Democratic civil war between the major factions -- party, or populism -- continues in the run up to 2020.
This entry was published Sun Oct 06 06:47:34 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger
and last updated 2019-10-06 06:47:34.0.