Chris Ladd is a fallen away Texas Republican. He wrote the GOP Lifer blog and developed a strong following. He was repelled by the white nationalism and religious fundamentalisn that dominate the Republican Party. When Trump was nominated he called it quits and now blogs as Political Orphans.
I don't think that the GOP has an honorable future. I know that there are rational Republicans like senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snow, governors like Christine Whitman and Charles Baker. But when you add it up: not even John Boehner and Eric Cantor could survive, and now Trump triumphant I just down't see how there can be a place for rational Republicans other than in the Democratic Party.
There are glass half full and glass half empty people. There are those who emphasize collectivism and those who emphasize individual freedom. There is room there for difference. Soon what terms should Republican orphans enter the Democratic Party? On condition that racism, xenophobia, anti-gay sentiment, and respect for women's dignity are non-negotiable.
There is no prospect of a politics not heavily influenced, nearly dominated by major financial players (investment banks, high-tech billionaires, etc.). But there is room for a politics that is closer to the ground and ready to press for reasonable regulation, rather than celebrating silly Reaganesque ideas like government is the problem not the solution.
Anyway..Chris add has written a painful account of his father's ideological developement. - gwc
For the people who lie to my father – Political Orphans