Donald Trump’s Win Starts a New Era for Republicans

crew-2231211Just as the pundits, pollsters (Source) and the media were wrong, the “So-called mainstream media’s,” belief that Trump could go nowhere without them has quickly changed.

Those who caught on that Trump would win the earliest found themselves reelected to the House and Senate. 

As president Trump begins delivering on his promises made during the campaign, “The New Republican Party,” will do will, following the will of the people as clearly mandated on November 8th.

 

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Party members across the country move toward adopting positions held by the president-elect that they previously opposed.

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL

Overnight, President-elect Donald Trump has reshaped what it means to be a Republican, leaving some longtime party officials scrambling to find their places in a new political era.

Having dispatched the Bush and Clinton political dynasties during his run for the White House, Mr. Trump’s policies are set to become the party’s policies.

The hawkish stance against Russia articulated by running mate Mike Pence, the entitlement cuts proposed by House Speaker Paul Ryan and the support for free trade that have defined conservatives for a generation—all are on the wane.

Throughout Mr. Trump’s populist campaign, Washington Republicans sought separation from some of Mr. Trump’s proposals on trade and foreign policy that broke from party orthodoxy. Establishment Republicans demurred when he promised to build a border wall and send the bill to Mexico.

Now, though, Republicans in Washington and across the country are beginning to start adopting the Trump agenda as their own. On Wednesday, Mr. Ryan said he would work with Mr. Trump to “make America great,” echoing his campaign slogan.

Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, who cruised to re-election on Tuesday, said on Wednesday that Senate Republicans would be able to meld Mr. Trump’s priorities with the agenda they ran on.

“I think there’s a way to combine what he’s been talking about on the campaign trail with a broader reform effort that has a chance now,” Mr. Portman said.

Eight hours after Mr. Trump claimed victory, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton delivered a formal concession speech on Wednesday morning in New York. She called her loss “painful” but urged the country to accept Mr. Trump as the next president. “Donald Trump is going to be our president,” she said.

President Barack Obama invited his successor to the White House, where Mr. Trump is expected on Thursday. In remarks in the Rose Garden, Mr. Obama promised a “smooth transition” to a Trump administration.

Outside of Washington, Republicans found themselves trying to define what it now means to be a Republican. Elected officials are adapting to the new reality by preparing to adopt positions held by Mr. Trump with which they previously disagreed.

The day after Republican Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, political leaders spoke about the results and the need to unite under new leadership. Photo: Getty

Republican Frank LaRose, a moderate Ohio state senator who is planning a 2018 run for Ohio secretary of state, never endorsed Mr. Trump, but did vote for him on Tuesday. He said Republicans have to take a second look at Trump positions they dismissed during the presidential campaign.

“We have to take the lesson that was given to us by the American people last night to heart, and what that means is they want change,” Mr. LaRose said. “Does the result of last night change me politically? No, but it gives me things to reflect on.”

In Boone County, Iowa, Republicans used Mr. Trump’s coattails to sweep Democrats out of a pair of county supervisor seats. Even at the local level, Mr. Trump’s strength will convert otherwise wary Republicans to his policy agenda, said Gary Nystrom, the Boone County GOP co-chairman.

“Donald Trump opened the eyes of some of the Republicans, and I think you’ll see some shift on issues,” Mr. Nystrom said. “You better keep your eyes and ears open to adhere to what the public wants.”

But in South Carolina, former state GOP Chairman Katon Dawson said Mr. Trump’s victory also comes with big risks for the president-elect and the GOP: He has promised big change, and the electorate is an impatient one.

“The party is going to have to chart a new way forward. Trump’s got a new definition, but we don’t know what it means to be a Republican,” Mr. Dawson said. “In politics, you’ve got to govern the way you campaign.”

Even officials on Mr. Trump’s transition effort say it will be a challenge to fuse the president-elect’s agenda with one adhered to by more conventional Republicans who will seek to implement it.

“How do you bridge or integrate traditional constitutional conservatism with the stream of economic national populism he has tapped into?” said Ken Blackwell, who is in charge of domestic issues for the Trump transition team. “This is going to be the most fundamental realignment of the base that has taken place since 1980.’’

Among those trying to rise in the new Republican Party are people such as Richard Spencer, the president of the National Policy Institute, an organization that advocates race-based identity politics and was among Mr. Trump’s most enthusiastic supporters.

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Mr. Spencer has run his organization from his homes in Virginia and Montana. Now, he is aiming to expand the “alt-right” movement he is credited with organizing by establishing a Washington headquarters to “create a movement in the real world” from his online following akin to established conservative think tanks.

“A lot of conservatives want to go back to their principles,” Mr. Spencer said. “They want to go back to the old religious hot button issues, but I don’t think we can go back. That kind of thing didn’t win and Trumpian populism did.”

At the libertarian Cato Institute, executive vice president David Boaz said Mr. Trump’s victory shows that many Republicans are no longer committed to the Reagan philosophy of strong defense and small government that has guided the party for two generations.

“I don’t know where conservatives can go,” Mr. Boaz said. “Right now, you have to say there is no major political party that is even rhetorically committed to small government and free enterprise.”

To be sure, there were members of established conservative organizations thrilled with Mr. Trump’s victory. Penny Nance, the chief executive of the antiabortion group Concerned Women for America, said she sang the “Hallelujah Chorus” in her office on Wednesday morning.

Even though Mr. Trump entered the campaign without a connection to social conservatives or fluency on their issues, Mrs. Nance said she thought the new administration would be the friendliest to the antiabortion cause in her lifetime.

“Donald Trump has made some big promises to us and other people, and I’m confident at this moment that he’ll work to follow through on what he said he will do,” she said.

Photos: Donald Trump Elected President, Triumphing Over Clinton

Trump won votes with his populist message, which especially resonated with rural, white Americans

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A Hillary Clinton supporter waits at a polling station in Chappaqua, N.Y., where the Democratic presidential candidate later cast her ballot. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images
Republican president-elect Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to the crowd during his acceptance speech at his election-night event at the New York Hilton Midtown Manhattan in the …
Distraught over Donald Trump’s lead in the vote count, Clinton supporter Anna Louise Flanagan is embraced by Matthew Traeger as they watch election returns at the Raleigh Marriott City Center in Raleigh, N.C. ROBERT WILLETT/RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER/ZUMA PRESS
Robin Bernik, who recently moved to Oregon from Florida, watches as her home state is called for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a Republican watch party at the Vet’s Club in Eugene, Ore. BRIAN DAVIES/THE REGISTER-GUARD/ASSOCIATED PRESS
With the numbers looking grim for the Clinton camp, campaign chairman John Podesta tells the Democratic candidate’s supporters at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York to head home as they wait for votes to continue to be counted. Mrs. Clinton later called the Trump campaign to congratulate him on his win but she didn’t give an election-night concession speech. PETER FOLEY/EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY
A supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reacts to updates from the election returns outside Trump Tower in New York City after midnight on Election Day. DOMINICK REUTER/AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES
A Democratic Party supporter, dressed as the superhero ‘Wonder Woman,’ reacts while watching voting results come in at the Democrats Abroad election-night party at Marylebone Sports Bar and Grill in London. SIMON DAWSON/BLOOMBERG NEWS
A man carries the U.S. flag in front of Melania Trump parents’ house in Sevnica, Slovenia, on Wednesday. SRDJAN ZIVULOVIC/REUTERS
A Hillary Clinton campaign sign sits covered in trash after the election-night party at the Javits Center in New York. DANIEL ACKER/BLOOMBERG NEWS
In New York’s Times Square, people await the final results of the presidential race, which was won by Republican Donald Trump. AFTONBLADET/IBL/ZUMA PRESS
Republican president-elect Donald Trump arrives with his family on stage to speak during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City in the wee hours Wednesday. Mr. Trump rode a wave of populist resentment against the political system to defeat Hillary Clinton. MANDEL NGAN/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES
From left, Trump supporters Frankie Prima, Monia Heldwein, Joshua Heldwein and Arthur Passeri cheer as results roll in at a Hillsborough County GOP election-watch party at Due Amici pizzeria in Tampa, Fla. Loren Elliott/Zuma Press
Sri Vasamsetti, 22, of Seattle and a supporter of Hillary Clinton, watches televised coverage of election results at the Comet Tavern in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Jason Redmond/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images
Supporters of Donald Trump hug as they watch election results at a rally in New York. Evan Vucci/Associated Press
Guests at Hillary Clinton’s election-night rally watch a big-screen television at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York. Matt Rourke/Associated Press
People stop for photographs in front of Rockefeller Center, illuminated in patriotic lights during an Election Day gathering in New York City. Julio Cortez/Associated Press
Election officer Ken Beachum works the Toano Elementary School precinct Tuesday in Norge, Va. Toano students created the flag in the background for a Veterans Day program. Alexa Welch Edlund/Richmond Times-Dispatch/Associated Press
A woman reads over her ballot while waiting in line at a polling location in Brooklyn, N.Y. Justin Lane/European Pressphoto Agency
The line to vote snakes around the block at a church in Mobile, Ala. Dan Anderson/European Pressphoto Agency
A Hillary Clinton supporter waits at a polling station in Chappaqua, N.Y., where the Democratic presidential candidate later cast her ballot. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images
Republican president-elect Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to the crowd during his acceptance speech at his election-night event at the New York Hilton Midtown Manhattan in the early morning hours of Wednesday. Trump defeated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the U.S. CHIP SOMODEVILLA/GETTY IMAGES

There remains in some quarters of the GOP an element of denial that Mr. Trump has taken over the party. Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, who publicly opposed the president-elect for months and sought to recruit an independent candidate for president, said Wednesday that he hopes Mr. Trump will govern as a traditional conservative.

“I think he’ll be a more successful president if it is less the party of Trump and more a conservative party that checks him and tries to steer him and persuade him in many policy areas,” Mr. Kristol said.

In Wisconsin, conservative talk-show host Charlie Sykes spent the past year lambasting Mr. Trump on his morning radio show, building a national profile for himself through his opposition to the GOP nominee. His show on Wednesday, he said, featured him “eating crow” for three and a half hours. Mr. Sykes, who also edits a conservative magazine and website, said he is resigned to the Trump takeover of the GOP.

“Donald Trump,” Mr. Sykes said, “is going to be the face of the Republican Party and of conservatism for the next four years whether we like that or not.

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5 thoughts on “Donald Trump’s Win Starts a New Era for Republicans

  1. only if trump doesn’t fill his cabinet with the old war monger RINOs

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  2. Seriously Steve do you think that is even remotely a possibility? Not me.

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  3. You should see it here on campus, JC, the “snowflakes” are having a hard time and “therapy” is being offered, sigh. I just wonder how in the world they can live in the real world.😉

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  4. There are a couple of points to be made with the election of Trump.

    First, the electorate (the People) have exhibited extreme patience with Obama. Obama has been a total and complete failure on each and every promise he made. I am confident that the Electorate will allow Trump the same consideration to fix the problems caused by Obama.

    Second, the election of Trump has already created a change in Government. Witness the FBI announced investigation of the very corrupt Clinton Foundation. This FBI Investigation has been ongoing for some time but due to corruption at the DPJ and Obama was stalled out in “investigating” procedures in details beyond description. NOW, the circumstances have changed and the FBI is openly contemptuous of the DOJ and Loretta Lynch and Obama. The recent murder of an agent of the FBI working on the investigation may be the cause.

    SO, the clean-up of the corruption in America’s government has taken on a different face – TRUMP.

    Did anyone else notice even Megyn Kelly now has a Trump hair do!

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  5. I am looking forward to seeing who he has in his cabinet. Rumors are someone from Goldman Sach for Treasury.

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