Is This the First Rumble? A Revolt in Republican Ranks.
It struck me while watching the impeachment trial underway in the Senate that, for Democrats, this was about far more than putting the boots to Donald J. Trump. This was about the mid-terms and showing Americans why business as usual is over in the age of radical politics and conspiracy theory.
The GOP is in a war for the heart and soul of the party that pits old school or conservative Republicans against the Treason Caucus and Trump's Gullibillies.
Some conservative Republicans, David Frum et al, have said that the only way to save their party is to burn it to the ground and start over. Now Reuters is reporting that dozens of GOP stalwarts are meeting to discuss setting up an anti-Trump centre-right party.The early stage discussions include former elected Republicans, former officials in the Republican administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Trump, ex-Republican ambassadors and Republican strategists, the people involved say.
More than 120 of them held a Zoom call last Friday to discuss the breakaway group, which would run on a platform of “principled conservatism,” including adherence to the Constitution and the rule of law - ideas those involved say have been trashed by Trump.
The plan would be to run candidates in some races but also to endorse center-right candidates in others, be they Republicans, independents or Democrats, the people say.