If Trump Loses In a Landslide, Who Runs The Republican Party?

  1. Higher Character Status Quo — This version will embrace the general ideas of the Trump administration: anti-immigration, moving socialist on the economy with more tariffs and government intervention, strongly nationalist and isolationist. The idea is that the people who voted for Trump are right, but, Trump was just too much of a liar, cheat, loudmouth, bully, and whiner. He was anti-Presidential, and so the party needs someone who shares his values but is more polished. Possible leader: Ted Cruz.
  2. A Return To The Reagan and Bush Principles — This narrative will say that the Republicans lost because they abandoned their core principles. To win again, they need to return to a strong national defense, free market capitalism, and pragmatic stances on immigration and other policies. Possible leader: Ben Sasse.
  3. A New Path Forward — A third narrative will say Trump burned the party down and it is time to chart a new course. I don’t know what this course could be but if I was going to recommend something, I’d say it’s the economic empowerment of women and minorities. Build a coalition of up-and-coming demographic groups seeking more economic power, and use Republican ideas to drive policies that grow the economic heft of these groups. It will combine historic conservative ideas like low taxes with progressive social ideas like government sponsored childcare. Possible leader: Nikki Haley or Condi Rice.

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Rob May

Rob May

CTO/Founder at Dianthus, Author of a Machine Intelligence newsletter at inside.com/ai, former CEO at Talla and Backupify.