Uncivil War

Having a presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, who lacks the support of his own party's standard bearers represents the inevitable consequence of a political party that for too long embraced its most radical and fervent fringe. Plainly speaking, if a presidential candidate's biggest supporters are Gov. Chris Christie and ex-Gov. Rick Perry, then it doesn't take any sort of wise political pundit to see that you've no chance for election. Yet from a resounding and historic defeat, the Republican Party can emerge for the better - if only for the cleansing and casting out of those who got their chance only to be overwhelmingly defeated.

It takes foresight and courage, of course. The Republican Party will have to accept defeat, and for at least another four years suffer through their opponent's agenda. It's not possible to stall on a Supreme Court nominee for that long (And they'd be much better off it they approved Merrick Garland than wait for a more liberal and emboldened Democrat to make a selection). It's not possible lay down in front of the tracks for that long. Incoming Presidents historically enjoy a honeymoon period, and that is just going to further annoy the Republicans. But they have no choice. They lost.

The choice they do have is how to re-build their party. Make no mistake, it is a re-build. It's not a tweak here, an adjustment there. It's a full on rebuild, the kind you see when a team loses nearly every game. The kind that takes a few years to accomplish. The kind that forces a total re-evaluation of every aspect of the organization.

What is likely to emerge is a New Republican Party, true to its Conservative Principles. One that is more consistent in its Less Government message - and that means keeping the government out of one's personal lives as well as economic ones. The recent hypocrisy of insisting that the government get out of the regulations business; get away from social mandates but still tell people which bathroom they can and cannot use and what women can and cannot decide about their own bodies has always been a thorny point to straddle.

Perhaps the New Republican Party will insist its membership not be anti-government, and reject Tea Party acolytes that gave them a majority in Congress in the short run, but helped doom the Party on a larger scale. Sure, being in the minority is not where any Party wants to be. But just look at the current Congress, especially the House of Representatives. The only practical majority is the Democratic majority because they are the only real unified bloc; the smaller Tea Party has held its Republican cousins hostage in a tail wags dog scenario that is not only obviously embarrassing, but ultimately counterproductive. Shutting down the government, even on a temporary basis, showed that.

So let's fast forward to November, past Election Day and pray for a New Republican Party. The country and yes, the Democrats, will all be better off. There is no ultimate joy in beating a crippled opponent. The best of democracy emerges when there is a two-party system. Right now, it's pretty obvious, there's only one.