Publisher Bruce Trogdon

Very few readers vot­ed for the new bisexual Su­perman.. The whole gender neutral thing is not popular among Republicans, or even most Democrats that I can tell. It is good to see that there are still some issues most Americans can agree on.

But when it comes to Donald J. Trump, there is no middle ground. Today’s focus theme will be on the future of the Republican party. Specifically, what will traditional mainstream Republicans do now that the rabid Trump wing has taken over their party?

Don’t despair Democrats, we have tomorrow reserved for you.

“Brace yourself: Donald Trump will run for pres­ident in 2024” is a featured Guest column today by Paul Waldman. Another is Carl Golden’s “For Republicans, it remains the Donald Trump Show. But my favorite column is by Jonah Goldberg.

“A third party could impose some pain on the Trumpified GOP” writes Goldberg. His opinion differs from yesterday’s never-Trump columnist Max Boot.

Boot suggested that Republicans who can’t stand what their party has become should consider voting for moderate Democrats. He thinks that is the only way for traditional Republicans to get their stolen party back. Boot is not the only one.

“Why shouldn’t anti-Trump Republicans at least consider becoming a kind-of-Old-Republican wing of Joe Biden’s Democratic party?” asked Bill Kristol, another proudly anti-Trump conservative.

Liberal Republican Christine Todd Whitman and Miles Taylor (the “Anonymous” former Trump administration crit­ic) argue in the New York Times that “Rational Republicans are losing the G.O.P. civil war. And the only near-term way to battle pro-Trump extremists is for all of us to team up on key races and overarching political goals with our longtime political opponents: the Democratic Party.”

Jonah doesn’t want to go down that road again. He talks about how many on the right had modest hopes for President Biden in 2020. Their hopes hinged “on the not implausible theory that he would govern as a centrist because that’s how he campaigned.”

Fast-forward several months. Biden has not governed from the center. Maybe some Dems think he has, but the polls say that a lot of right-of-center voters don’t see it that way. “Which is why Democrats are facing a midterm bloodbath” predicts Jonah.

I agree with Jonah on that one, but like I said, we will talk about the Democrats tomorrow.

Jonah sees how the rift caused by Trump’s Capitol riot has largely closed in Trump’s favor. Most elected Republi­cans now refuse to denounce Trump’s election lies.

Perhaps there’s another way, suggests Goldberg. A recent Pew survey that found 44% of Republicans want Trump to run again. As 2016 showed, that’s more than enough to win the nomination in a crowded field.

Jonah asks “So why not create pressure outside of it?”

“Specifically, a third party.” Jonah suggests a sim­ple, Reaganite conservative platform combined with a serious plank to defend the soundness of elections. “For simplicity’s sake, think of it as a GOP minus the Trump personality cult.”

Jonah may be on to something. As he says, “If a Re­publican candidate met its requirements, a new party of the right could endorse the Republican, the way New York’s Conservative Party does.” If not? Then the traditional Re­publican that is nauseated by Trump and his cult “could play the role of spoiler by garnering enough conservative votes in the general election to throw the election to the Democrat” reasons Jonah.

Goldberg is skeptical of third parties. As Richard Hofstadter famously quipped, “Third parties are like bees: once they have stung, they die.” But he prefers that option to voting for Democrats, who are being controlled by their own fringe on their left wing.

“The point is to cause the GOP some pain for its de­scent into asininity.”

“Should Traditional, Anti-Trump Republicans form a third party?” That’s The Daily Post Reader Poll question for Saturday.

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