Ever since Donald Trump clinched the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, pundits have been offering all kinds of harebrained predictions about the demise of the GOP. They claim that even if Trump wins the election, the Republican Party will soon cease to exist. Well, I have news for those people – the reports the GOP’s demise have been greatly exaggerated (to paraphrase Mark Twain). The Republican Party will still be around four years from now, 20 years from now, 50 years from now, 100 years from – even 500 years from now. In other words, it’s still going to be around long after all of us are gone.
It’s not going to be destroyed by one unconventional presidential nominee like Trump. Any consequences that he might bring are all going to be short-lived. Actually, I doubt very seriously that the Republican will lose the House or the Senate this time around. And I suspect that, win or lose, Trump will not be the presidential nominee in 2020. Cooler heads will prevail and the GOP will regroup nicely. They will nominate someone who would most certainly defeat Hillary Clinton for re-election, assuming she wins in November. If she doesn’t, the GOP’s 2020 nominee would likely retain the White House for the Republicans.