But the Jacobinism that animated Democrats during the Trump era may come to dominate Republicans in the post-Trump era.

You can very easily see how candidates will be judged harshly in some primary races in 2022 for having failed to support the effort to hack the Constitution to keep Trump in power. And we can see candidates judged harshly in some general elections for having done so.

That’s certainly the future the names listed above are preparing for.

We still mostly doubt it, though. Imagine what it would do to Republicans if they manage to make a litmus test out of something so foolish and irrelevant. Purity fights produce disastrous consequences for parties out of power.

As the price for mouthing along with Trump and his tricksters keeps going up – wilder and wilder claims, more and more radical schemes – the number of Republicans willing to do so will fall off.