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The GOP’s Breakdown Is Only Just Beginning. For years, pundits have predicted that the Republican Party is breaking apart.

The GOP’s Breakdown Is Only Just Beginning

But it took Donald Trump to make it happen. The Republican Party is like a gigantic Antarctic ice shelf with fissures we’ve watched develop for years. Those cracks were evident in 2010, when the Tea Party emerged, and in 2014, when GOP primary voters rejected establishment favorites, including the sitting House Republican Leader, Eric Cantor. Story Continued Below. ‘We Are in for a Pretty Long Civil War’ The 1965 Law That Gave the Republican Party Its Race Problem. Paul Ryan can't escape from Trump's shipwreck of the Republican party. Today’s Republican party makes no sense.

Paul Ryan can't escape from Trump's shipwreck of the Republican party

It spent decades as the party of national security before nominating a man who both defends Russia and pretends to know nothing about the place. If it is the party of small government and constitutional liberty, it’s not clear why its members feel so good about locking up political opponents like Hillary Clinton. To cap it all, the party is currently led by a reality TV star who destroyed his own campaign with a TV interview.

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How the Party of John McCain Became the Party of Donald Trump. Will Seberger/ZUMA Wire One Saturday afternoon in June, a few thousand Donald Trump supporters wearing T-shirts with slogans such as "Italian Lives Matter" and "I'm the infidel Allah warned about" streamed into the Arizona State Fair Grounds in Phoenix, to hear the newly minted Republican nominee speak at a venue known locally as the "Mad House.

How the Party of John McCain Became the Party of Donald Trump

" Walking among the rallygoers, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was greeted by a succession of cheers from the crowd, a reception befitting a man whose immigration raids and birther task force had foreshadowed Trump's rise. The secret history of Trumpism. The Republican party, its leaders like to say, is a party of ideas.

The secret history of Trumpism

Debates over budgets and government programmes are important, but they must be conducted with an eye on the bigger questions – questions about the character of the state, the future of freedom and the meaning of virtue. These beliefs provide the foundation for a conservative intellectual establishment – thinktanks such as the American Enterprise Institute, magazines such as National Review, pundits such as George Will and Bill Kristol – dedicated to advancing the right’s agenda. Over the last year, that establishment has been united by one thing: opposition to Donald Trump. Republican voters may have succumbed to a temporary bout of collective insanity – or so Trump’s critics on the right believe – but the party’s intelligentsia remain certain that entrusting the Republican nomination to a reality television star turned populist demagogue has been a disaster for their cause and their country.

House Republicans Remain Divided Over Gun Control After Deadly Shootings. Gun control, terrorism, and constitutional rights have coalesced to create a complicated set of concerns that have left House Republicans struggling to find common ground.

House Republicans Remain Divided Over Gun Control After Deadly Shootings

The deaths of two black men at the hands of police officers, and the murder of five police officers in Dallas, Texas, have brought renewed attention to a national debate over gun policy. Yet nearly a month after a terrorist attack at an Orlando nightclub, House Republicans remain deeply divided over how to respond. The discord on display may be a sign of hardening conservative battle lines—and that would spell trouble for House Speaker Paul Ryan.

House Democrats called for expanding background checks for gun sales and preventing firearms from falling into the hands of suspected terrorists after the Orlando attack. Paul Ryan, House GOP leadership team split on supporting Trump. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), middle, and Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), left, have both said said they will support Trump, braking with Speaker Paul D.

Paul Ryan, House GOP leadership team split on supporting Trump

Ryan (R-Wis.) (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg) House Speaker Paul D. Republican Party Unravels Over Donald Trump’s Takeover. Photo By seizing the Republican presidential nomination for on Tuesday night, he and his millions of supporters completed what had seemed unimaginable: a hostile takeover of one of America’s two major political parties.

Republican Party Unravels Over Donald Trump’s Takeover

Just as stunning was how quickly the host tried to reject them. The party’s two living presidents spurned Mr. Trump, a number of sitting governors and senators expressed opposition or ambivalence toward him, and he drew a forceful rebuke from the single most powerful and popular rival left on the Republican landscape: the House speaker, . Rarely if ever has a party seemed to come apart so visibly. The 10 Republicans who hate Donald Trump the most. The Fix breaks down the 10 Republicans who have been most vocally opposed to Trump's nomination.

The 10 Republicans who hate Donald Trump the most

(Peter Stevenson/The Washington Post) On Friday alone, two of the men who ran against Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination said they not only wouldn't endorse him but that they wouldn't even be voting for him in the general election. Lindsey Graham went first, summing up his sentiments in two tweets. Jeb Bush followed -- with a Facebook post in which he argued that Trump "has not demonstrated that temperament or strength of character. The Republican Party’s implosion over Donald Trump’s candidacy has arrived.

MADISON, Ala. — The implosion over Donald Trump’s candidacy that Republicans had hoped to avoid arrived so virulently this weekend that many party leaders vowed never to back the billionaire and openly questioned whether the GOP could come together this election year.

The Republican Party’s implosion over Donald Trump’s candidacy has arrived

At a moment when Republicans had hoped to begin taking on Hillary Clinton — who is seemingly on her way to wrapping up the Democratic nomination — the GOP has instead become consumed by a crisis over its identity and core values that is almost certain to last through the July party convention, if not the rest of the year. A campaign full of racial overtones and petty, R-rated put-downs grew even uglier Sunday after Trump declined repeatedly in a CNN interview to repudiate the endorsement of him by David Duke, a former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

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Why Today’s GOP Crackup Is the Final Unraveling of Nixon’s ‘Southern Strategy’ Fresh chatter among Washington insiders is not about whether the Republican Party will win in 2016 but whether it will survive.

Why Today’s GOP Crackup Is the Final Unraveling of Nixon’s ‘Southern Strategy’

Donald Trump—the fear that he might actually become the GOP nominee—is the ultimate nightmare. Some gleeful Democrats are rooting (sotto voce) for the Donald, though many expect he will self-destruct. Nevertheless, Republicans face a larger problem. The GOP finds itself trapped in a marriage that has not only gone bad but is coming apart in full public view. The GOP sinks deeper into chaos. Can it still function as a party? It was the soundbite heard 'round Capitol Hill: House Majority Leader and presumptive House speaker nominee Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has dropped out of the race for speaker. The Washington Post's Elise Viebeck explains the sudden news — and what happens next. (Julie Percha/The Washington Post) Less than a year after a sweeping electoral triumph, Republicans are on the verge of ceasing to function as a national political party.

The most powerful and crippling force at work in the ­once-hierarchical GOP is anger, directed as much at its own leaders as anywhere else. First, a contingent of several dozen conservative House members effectively forced Speaker John A. With no obvious replacement for Boehner in sight, “it is total confusion — a banana republic,” said Rep. [The speaker chase: Who’s next?] Republicans including Rep. Initially, GOP elders believed that their primary would be a showcase for a cast of ­well-regarded senators and governors, current and former. A House divided: How the GOP is 'fractured' ahead of leadership elections.

For Republicans, questions of who can lead them and can they govern? House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) announced Friday that he’d resign from Congress on Oct. 30 after nearly five years as speaker. (AP) When Republicans scored their big victory in the midterm elections of 2010, they looked like a party on the rise after a devastating pair of losses in 2006 and 2008. Instead, they have become a party in almost permanent disorder, torn by warring factions and near-constant tensions between their establishment leadership and a tea party-infused grass roots.