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If Trump loses, the battle for the Republican Party’s soul will matter

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01.08.2020

Donald Trump’s suggestion that the US election be postponed shouldn’t come as a great surprise. He might not admit it but he’ll have seen the polling. It’s sufficiently bad that in many quarters it’s already assumed that he’s lost.

This is still quite a leap given how volatile the outlook is and his previous defying of the odds (which have contracted a bit in recent days).

But enough people have taken his defeat as a certainty to start a debate over the future of the Republican Party.

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Brett Stephens, the Conservative writer in the New York Times, defined this as a battle between the “What Were We Thinking” side of the party, keen to hurry back to what it was when Paul Ryan was its star, and the “Didn’t Go Far Enough” arm of Trumpist true believers and the cynics who have allied with them.

The opening salvos have already been exchanged. A recent example was Republican House of Representatives leader Liz Cheney’s backing for Anthony Fauci – “America’s doctor” – and her “real men wear masks” tweet which, among other things, provoked a fierce backlash from Trump and his........

© Independent