Did Donald Trump create a new blueprint for Republicans, ruin the Grand Old Party, or something in between? And what, if anything, should his role be in the future of the party? In this collection of timely essays, a variety of center-right political scientists and commentators address Donald J. Trump’s past effects and future role in the Republican Party. Covering policy, politics, character, and comportment, the authors offer a wide range of analyses and recommendations. Essays range from Trump’s place in historical context to analyses of contemporary voting behavior to efforts to disentangle Trump’s policies from his persona.
Andrew E. Busch is Crown Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College, where he teaches courses on American politics. He is author or coauthor of numerous books, including, most recently, Divided We Stand: The 2020 Elections and American Politics (Rowman & Littlefield).
William G. Mayer is a professor of political science at Northeastern University. He is the author or coauthor of eleven books, including, most recently, The Uses and Abuses of Politics: Karl Rove and the Bush Presidency. He has also written numerous articles on public opinion, voting and elections, the presidential nomination process, and media bias.
Chapter 1: Pick Your Battles Wisely – Trump Did Not Steven E. Schier
Chapter 2: The Republican Way Forward: Four Questions for 2024 James E. Campbell
Chapter 3: The Future of the Republican Party: 2022, 2024, and Beyond David Brady, Morris Fiorina, and Douglas Rivers
Chapter 4: What Is Trumpism? John J. Pitney, Jr.
Chapter 5: Donald Trump and America’s New Class War Glenn Harlan Reynolds
Chapter 6: Some Great Political Genius: How Trump Damaged the Republican Party William G. Mayer
Chapter 7: Expanding the Republican Coalition: Four Lessons from the Trump Presidency John H. Hinderaker
Chapter 8: Trump, the Republican Party, and American Conservatism: Retrospect and Prospect Charles R. Kesler
Chapter 9: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Donald Trump and the Republicans Andrew E. Busch
12/1/22, The Buffalo News: Co-editor William Mayer commented on Donald Trump and the 2024 election.