Monday, October 17, 2016
Republicans fear for Party's Future
At The Hill by Niall Stanage
The Republican Party is in crisis — and it is going to get worse before it gets better.
The forces unleashed by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign are unlikely to disappear after the election, party insiders concede, even if Hillary Clinton beats him handily in November.
Many Republican are openly questioning whether the Grand Old Party is sliding into chaos, with the establishment unable to prevent a post-election shattering of its coalition.
“It’s splitting right before your eyes. It’s happening now,” said Rick Tyler, who served as communications director for Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) presidential campaign.
“There is a civil war in the party that is going on right now. The question is whether, after the election, the party will be able to repair itself; or cease to exist; or continue to exist in some diminished way.”
Should Trump lose to Clinton, as polls now project, the bloodletting is certain to be intense.