It is now worth taking a moment on exactly how we got to this point, especially as some have been telling a slightly incomplete story this week. Just listen to Chuck Schumer pointing the finger of blame firmly in one direction "this isn't your grandfather's Republican Party, America. It's Donald Trump's Republican Party."
Well, hold on there, because in what way is this not your grandfather's Republican Party? It has been advocating for this exact outcome for decades now.
Innumerable Democratic officials believe Republicans lost their way only with the arrival on the political scene seven years ago of Donald Trump. They think that if they didn't have to succumb to Trump's intimidation, their GOP colleagues would be benign, consensus-seeking creatures. More realistically:
I think elected Democrats need to talk less about the sane Republican Party they wish for and more about the radical one we got.— Schooley (@Rschooley) May 11, 2022
"Either you deal with what is the reality," the late author Alex Haley famously said, "or you can be sure that the reality is going to deal with you." The reality is that the GOP has evolved into a dangerous party of extremists, and Donald Trump is merely the ringleader.