Trump’s dominance over Republicans

2020-05-09

in Politics

Interesting analysis of Trump’s place in American politics and the Republican party — Trump Is Forever:

Until Trump’s election, the working model for American politics was that parties were ideological organizations, not personality cults, and that ex-presidents were seldom seen and never heard.

The post-Trump future may be different: A world where the former president calls into cable shows while tweeting 150 times a day, settling scores, attacking members of his party who he deems insufficiently loyal and paving the way for his son to inherit the office.

If you think about the nature of political parties, the Trumpian view makes a certain amount of sense and what’s remarkable is that the old system lasted for as long as it did. Why is it, exactly, that former presidents have not chosen to actively maintain a grip on their political parties?

The only real explanations for the view of presidents as political stewards are humility, tradition, honor. Even Trump’s most eager apologists would never ascribe any of those traits to him. Why would he think himself constrained by such outmoded thinking?

Why would he voluntarily give up a thing of immense value?

Do you think he will remain influential after leaving office? Does it depend on whether he wins or loses in November?

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

alena prazak May 17, 2020 at 6:47 pm

Donald Trump is like no other president before him and likely after him. He is a narcissist and an exhibitionist. Whether he wins or loses, he will want to either gloat or whine. The other former presidents usually find a good cause to dedicate their efforts to.

Oleh May 20, 2020 at 11:45 am

I totally agree with Alena’s comments .

It is also the tradition that former US Presidents are still referred to as Mr. President. Trump will enjoy that.

I also expect that the media supporters of Trump such as Fox News will be pleased to give him a platform.

I do not see Trump leaving the public stage.

anon May 27, 2020 at 9:02 am

Its a tradition not unique to US pollitics but Canada had its own drama in the mid-2000s when Chretien and Martin feuded for the Liberal party even after Chretien left office. In the end it cost them a decade on the sidelines, a lesson for the Republicans.

Anon June 5, 2020 at 3:35 am

None of these comments address the threat raised in the linked article. Given how craven the Republican Party has been with Trump, is it possibly he will establish a family dynasty that outlasts his administration?

. June 29, 2020 at 7:26 pm

One person familiar with almost all the conversations with the leaders of Russia, Turkey, Canada, Australia and western Europe described the calls cumulatively as ‘abominations’ so grievous to US national security interests that if members of Congress heard from witnesses to the actual conversations or read the texts and contemporaneous notes, even many senior Republican members would no longer be able to retain confidence in the President.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/29/politics/trump-phone-calls-national-security-concerns/index.html

. July 1, 2020 at 5:02 pm

Hundreds of Bush administration republicans to back Biden: ‘the president is a danger’

Hundreds of officials who worked for former Republican President George W. Bush are set to endorse Democratic White House hopeful Joe Biden, people involved in the effort said, the latest Republican-led group coming out to oppose the re-election of Donald Trump.

The officials, who include Cabinet secretaries and other senior people in the Bush administration, have formed a political action committee — 43 Alumni for Biden — to support the former vice president in his Nov. 3 race, three organizers of the group told Reuters. Bush was the country’s 43rd president.

The Super PAC will launch on Wednesday with a website and Facebook page, they said. It plans to release “testimonial videos” praising Biden from high-profile Republicans and will hold get-out-the-vote efforts in the most competitive states.

. July 22, 2020 at 10:55 pm

“The most distinguishing characteristic of the current national Republican Party is cowardice. The base price of admission is a willingness to accept that an unstable, pathological liar leads it and pretend otherwise.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/07/22/lincoln-project-is-trying-save-republican-party-itself/

. August 5, 2020 at 5:36 am

In fact, their brand of conservatism had long been tarnished, and they gained little traction within their own party for that reason. Instead, they would join with centrist Democrats, exercising greater power against a growing egalitarian and noninterventionist left than they would ever wield against the extreme right.


The Never Trumpers Have Already Won | The New Republic

https://newrepublic.com/article/158703/never-trumpers-already-won-review-saldin-teles-book

. September 16, 2020 at 7:06 pm

‘They capitulated to Trump’: Michael Steele on the fight for the Republican party’s soul | Michael Steele | The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/06/michael-steele-donald-trump-republican-party-interview

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