In the last few days, two things have happened that suggest the Republican Party is likely headed to an all-out civil war:
1. The Wall Street Journal editorial board — the pillar of establishment conservative thought in the country — wrote this of former President Donald Trump: “The country is moving past the Trump Presidency, and the GOP will remain in the wilderness until it does too.”
2. A new Quinnipiac University national poll shows that three-quarters of Republicans (75%) want Trump to “play a prominent role” in the GOP going forward.
Those two views are fundamentally irreconcilable. You cannot believe that the GOP won’t hold any real power unless and until Trump is removed from any major role in the party and want the 45th President to have a “prominent” spot in the Party’s future. It’s simply impossible.