All through the precise American Civil Conflict, the Accomplice states have been roiled by factionalism. It wasn’t till after Appomattox, and after Juneteenth, that the South was actually united—in shared defeat. Then they may transfer onto the following essential section, mythologizing the “misplaced trigger,” assigning blame, and, in fact, putting in a brand new corrosive networks of racism to exchange the one they’d misplaced.
The Republican civil warfare didn’t actually finish with Liz Cheney being booted from her seat—that was extra within the order of a mopping up operation. The give up got here when Republican “chief” Kevin McCarthy traveled to Mar-a-Lago and formally handed over the GOP’s jellied backbone to a person who had simply misplaced the Home, misplaced the White Home, and misplaced the Senate.
Briefly, McCarthy seemed on the get together in entrance of him, pondering the issue of rebuilding a coalition that was sinking right into a mire of authoritarianism, racism, and conspiracy theories. He contemplated what it could take to place the GOP again heading in the right direction, and to revitalize the get together into one thing that might appeal to sufficient new voters to make it actually aggressive. After which he merely determined that rebuilding is tough. What’s not arduous? Give up. So he did.
The GOP is previous the purpose of advocating for any coverage; it is a get together whose official platform is that it doesn’t have an official platform. It’s previous the purpose of attempting to restore its battered tent, bored with doing the work required to develop its enchantment, and completely executed with that complete … no matter it was they used to consider in. Or at the least pretended to consider in.
As a substitute the get together is simply pitching itself to Trump, united in defeat.
Which doesn’t imply they’re going quietly. Identical to the final time the forces of white supremacy misplaced a civil warfare, they’re working on the state degree to construct a brand new and improved Jim Crow 2.0. Republican dominance on the state legislature degree is getting used to erect obstacles to voting that make a ballot check look like a minor inconvenience.
That risk is totally actual. Had the just-passed Georgia legal guidelines been in place earlier to the final election, it could have possible blocked entry for sufficient Black voters within the state that Trump would have won Georgia, and Republicans would nonetheless management the Senate. These modifications aren’t any joke, and the risk they signify to democracy can’t be overstated.
At her departure, Cheney sounded a warning that her colleagues have been enjoying into the arms of hostile powers. “Assaults towards our democratic course of and the rule of regulation empower our adversaries and feed communist propaganda that American democracy is a failure,” mentioned Cheney. And that’s why “We should communicate the reality: Our election was not stolen, and America has not failed.”
It’s a legitimate concern. However one of many issues Republicans have surrendered is the concept they may ever once more really benefit from the help of a majority of People. They’ve given up that battle. For them, the long run isn’t to be determined by democracy, however by how a lot democracy may be denied. If which means throwing in with autocratic strongmen who don’t have any issues besides holding energy … properly, that’s their complete new model.
Republicans fought many of the battles of their civil warfare during the last 5 years, however actually they’d been skirmishing at Fox Information and throughout the AM radio dial for many years. By the point they began dropping main battles to Trump, it was clear they have been already a hollowed-out group, with neither logistics nor technique on their facet. For the entire of Trump’s time period, they misplaced battle after battle, most with no shot being fired. Anybody who confirmed any resistance is sort of simply outlined as a former Republican official.
Nonetheless, 2020 gave the ragtag survivors of a as soon as highly effective get together a possibility to reform and regroup. In a really possible way, Jan. 6 solely elevated that chance, offering them an ideal time to declare “this far, and no additional” whereas marching away from Mar-a-Lago. They received’t get that probability once more.
When Republicans surrendered to Trump, they ceased to be. Ceased to be Republicans. Ceased to be a political get together in any approach that is sensible. The Republican Social gathering is 100% useless. And 1000% harmful.