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It's Time to Split Up the GOP

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I'm a Republican of 40 years' standing, a former official in a Republican administration and a consistent supporter of Republican ideals. Like many others with such credentials, I had hoped that when Donald Trump was elected in 2016, the new president and his party would revert to responsibility and follow the principles and policies that have guided Republicans for the past 166 years. Boy, was I wrong.

The post-election period has been even worse than the previous three years and ten months. Before the final Electoral College vote count was announced this week, a Washington Post survey on Dec. 6 found only 11 Republican senators willing to say that Biden, who received seven million more popular votes, won the election. The clownish Texas suit that the Supreme Court tossed out on Dec. 11 was the last straw. It was backed by the majority of Republican attorneys general and U.S. House members, including three-quarters of the leadership. Republicans I used to respect, like Rob Portman and Lindsay Graham, are only encouraging Donald Trump in his fantasies and threats.

Trying to bring the Republican Party to its senses is futile. Its elected officials are more scared of Trump than they are attached to American ideals, and that won't change over the next four years – and probably beyond. So, instead........

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