Despite all the bad press, the Republican Party is riding high, holding more state legislative seats and governorships than any time since 1922. They control all three elected branches of the national government. By contrast, Democrats are fractured, leaderless and outvoted at every turn.
The GOP is certainly not without problems. The Trump base is, shall we agree, firm. But it’s only one-third of the electorate. Establishment Republicans lurch between taking advantage of their current dominance plus Democratic disarray and plotting Trump work-arounds, often very cynically.
Evangelicals, 81 percent of whom voted for Trump, are discredited by their tolerance of Trump’s stormy assortment of misbehaviors. Republican women are especially conflicted.