After having thrown the last autopsy out the window, and now reaped an angry victory, how does the Republican party move forward? There will certainly be more Trump-a-likes running in the next primaries and down ballot races... That is not going to help the party in any way. The Demographic trends of this nation will continue, regardless of a Trump Presidency.
- Will the GOP somehow now be able to enact Hispanic outreach now that the party leader is the Build a Wall and Deport em guy?
- Will there be minority outreach to the millions of Muslim Americans?
- Well there suddenly be improvements in relations between Law Enforcement and the Black community?
- Will Gay Americans quietly go back into a second class role?
- Will Young Women who will continue on a trend to become more highly educated than men, take kindly to continued assaults on reproductive freedoms?
I don't think so.
This victory closes more doors for the GOP than it opens.... short term gain, long term pain.
- How will the GOP shake the newly emboldened Alt-Right from their coat tails? (Because white nationalism and antisemitism is not a good look in a diverse nation)
- Now that Oil prices are starting to recover and the eventual rise in gas prices hits home, how will the masses who will not have seen their high paying factory jobs return feel about the economic squeeze. (More of those jobs were lost to automation than to International Trade, they aren't coming back).
- As the impacts and evidence of Global Warming continue to mount, how can the GOP pivot to embrace the concept (which they will eventually have to do) if this administrations follows through and withdraws from the Paris accord?
The GOP is now irrevocably the party of TRUMP. They have boldly won a great battle and begun a double quick march into a box canyon. Defeating Hillary I am sure feels good now, but the hangover is going to be horrendous. And American will continue it slow shuffle towards being more liberal and more diverse... policy setbacks not withstanding.