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The GOP turns to preserving its corpse — by thievery

4 259 2018

After the Republican Party’s losses in 2012, GOP elders undertook an “autopsy” to discover the cause.

This year, Republicans have opted instead for a good embalming.

After a midterm drubbing that cost Republicans about 40 House seats — the best Democratic performance since the Watergate era — there has been, as the New York Times’s Jonathan Martin put it, “little self-examination among Republicans” nor any effort by leaders “to confront why the party’s once-loyal base of suburban supporters abandoned it.”

There is good reason for this: As long as President Trump is in office, those voters probably aren’t coming back to the party, whose base of older white men may well have hit its high-water mark in 2016.

So GOP efforts are by necessity focused not on reviving the party but on preserving the corpse — not on reaching out to the growing parts of the electorate but artificially preserving the power of their aging, white, rural voters. With enough formaldehyde, much is possible.

In North Carolina, state authorities have refused to certify Republican Mark Harris as the winner of the 9th Congressional District while investigators look into election-fraud allegations swirling around a consultant who worked for Harris.

In Wisconsin, Republicans in the state legislature, reacting to their party’s loss of both the governorship and........

© Washington Post