Trump has total control of today’s Republican Party. Senate, Governor, Congressional, and other GOP slates across the country are dominated by Trump approved MAGA candidates. These candidates have made no attempt to disguise the fact that if they are elected to office, they will do all that is in their power (and more) to hand Trump the Presidency in 2024. There is no question that the GOP is all-in for Trump. This is a grave danger to our democracy as previously described here.
But the leaders of the GOP are not complete idiots. They know that, despite their best efforts to suppress votes and gerrymander districts, they ultimately must win the votes of a significant number of the electorate to be able to obtain and retain power. So, maybe for the last election, the people still have the power to stop the MAGA GOP from taking power. And by stopping MAGA, we can take Trump’s power away.
It won’t happen overnight. But if the majority of the high-profile MAGA candidates lose their elections it will convince the non-Trump aligned party leaders that following Trump is NOT the way to regain power. And those leaders, which today are a silent plurality within the GOP, will see their power grow while the MAGA-aligned leaders will see their power fade.
And as the MAGA power fades, Trump will be reduced in stature and power. He will still have his MAGA followers and he will still be a danger to the country. But his ability to dictate events will be much reduced as more and more GOP leaders will move away from him. Will that lead to more Q-Anon fueled violent insurrection attempts? Possibly – and if so they must be dealt with lawfully until the MAGA fury burns itself out.
Will this ultimately lead to a stronger GOP? Possibly. But more importantly, it will lead back to a GOP that believes the democratic process and in (relatively) free elections. And that will mean that we have, for the moment saved democracy.
The message is clear: Vote for Democrats. Defeat MAGA Republicans. Save democracy.