Members of the armchair class who spend their days obsessing about their own self-important thoughts have spilled an awful lot of ink about the “future of the Republican Party” and what the GOP will look like in a post-Trump world — the way of the populist simpletons or the way of the norm-guarding establishment. The latest developments at Mar-a-Lago on Monday have some of these folks giddy at the prospect that the party could be purged of the former.
Yet in the wake of the nine-hour FBI raid on the home of the former president, two things have never been clearer: There’s nothing “post-Trump” about our current world, and if the Republican Party — and the republic itself — wants to have any future at all, it had better get more interested in fighting to win than in losing more slowly with meaningless PR maneuvers.
That’s where the GOP’s so-called leaders come in, with none of them illustrating the ideological fork in the road quite as starkly as Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader from Kentucky who has established his establishment self as a stalwart against the Donald Trump wing of his party. And whether McConnell can bring himself to admit it (he can’t), that wing of the party is the party.