@adamsbaldwin Why the big deal about "party division" for the R's. Primaries (re)shape parties, it's what their supposed to do.
— tsrblke (@tsrblke) September 15, 2010
I said this nearly 6 years ago. And for all that’s happened I’d still believe it. Primaries do shape parties, and this primary has shaped the GOP in ways I couldn’t have predicted in 2010. We’ve gone from moving towards the tea party, smaller government and more freedom to…a candidate who wants to start a trade war and punish specific companies for offshoring. (Whatever you think about offshoring, one should be disgusted that Trump ran on a platform of coming after a specific company for a decision that broke no laws.)
So yes, this primary reshaped the GOP. The voters have spoken and they have decided that they want their own authoritarian bully to go against the other side’s authoritarian bully.
While I see nothing wrong with primaries shaping parties on a macro-level, I would note that at a micro-level, it means that a reshape may leave some people outside the parties boundaries. Will the end result be a bigger tent? Only time will tell, but it is a tent shifted so far left that it’s simply too big for me at this moment.
I now know how the Blue Dogs felt when the Democrats abandoned them for raw progressivism. It’s an interesting feeling knowing that you don’t fit in either party. Perhaps made more interesting because unlike the Blue Dogs, who were too conservative for the left and too liberal for the right, I’m merely too conservative for the progressive left and the new populist right.
Time will tell how this shakes out, for now all we can do is watch.