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Is the Republican Party Dead?

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Moderated by Christina Bellantoni, Los Angeles Times Assistant Managing Editor, Politics 

The Republican Party should be the dominant force in American politics. GOP politicians now control the White House, 33 governorships, and hold majorities in the U.S. House, Senate, and 32 state legislatures. But in spite of its electoral success, the rise of Donald Trump has raised difficult questions about the party’s long-term future. Does Trump’s flirtation with white nationalism threaten to taint the party of Lincoln and permanently alienate younger and more diverse generations of Americans? Can the GOP survive the rise of anti-establishment forces on the right that reject old-guard conservatives who remain its financial base? Is unity even possible for a GOP trying to navigate vast regional and ideological differences among its members, or is the party destined to split? Sacramento GOP political consultant and partner at GrassrootsLab Mike Madrid, public affairs strategist and founder of 3.14 Communications Cassandra Pye, and Ballotpedia publisher Leslie Graves visit Zócalo to consider whether the Republican Party is stronger or weaker than it looks.

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The Takeaway

The Two-Party System Is Not Working—and Not Going Anywhere

We're Trapped in a Politics Defined by Opposition Rather Than Positive Change

The bad news for Republicans is that their party is dead. The “good” news for the party of Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, William F. Buckley, and Donald Trump is that …