In an historic election that baffled them inside the Beltway, Republicans were thrust into almost unprecedented power due to a few synergistic elements in a two-party environment:
a Democrat party that has morphed to closely resemble the GOP
proof of Dem cheating during the primaries that caused massive numbers of Dem voters to switch allegiances or stay home
Trump, a Beltway outsider, who spoke to economic issues, attacked unpopular groups (the MSM, *the Swamp in DC) , attacked political correctness (reviled by his base), and also gave more than a wink to xenophobia and racists. Something for everyone...
(*I'm definitely not claiming Trump has accomplished anything mentioned, but claiming these items played a part in getting him elected)
In the first days after the election, the GOP was a disaster. They were completely unprepared. McCain and Graham led a small contingent that seemed hellbent against the man who had delivered their party to the promised land.
I've noticed Graham's rhetoric is much more circumspect recently.
I just wonder why Republicans don't take advantage of their miraculous good fortune. They remain so deservedly hated for their consistently inhumane proposals.
(I've been reading about the splinter six Republicans who refuse to vote yea for the current healthcare bill. I'm sending emails to each of their offices today, and public messages on their Facebook pages and twitter accounts to thank them.
(Susan Collins ME, Rand Paul KY, Dan Heller NV, Ron Johnson WI , Mike Lee UT, Ted Cruz TX)
Please consider doing the same.)
What should Republicans do at this moment in history? Their opposition is desperately wounded.
What is your take on current and future prospects for the GOP?