Donald Trump cannot control the Republican Party from that 15% perch. Two days ago the Republican Party was securely within his grip. Today, it is not.
As it turns out, the forces he unleashed gave him no place to hide.
What the Republican Party will look like in the aftermath of this debacle is anybody’s guess. But I do think the rioters may actually have—inadvertently, to be sure—performed a great service for the country. I am among those who believe that the country needs something it has not had for some time: A functioning, principled, conservative Republican Party. The events of January 6 have exposed for all to see the anti-democratic and dictatorial heart of Trumpism, and helped to push push it off to the fringe of the political landscape where it belongs. For that, we should all be grateful.