The Republicans, by their actions, have relinquished their right to moral and political standing by a series of actions that require their condemnation. First, they supported to the hilt Donald Trump, unquestionably the worst president the U.S. has ever had. Then, between the House and the Senate, 147 Republican lawmakers voted to overturn to 2020 election, despite overwhelming evidence that the election was fair and valid. They voted, in effect, to keep Donald Trump in office in the face of undeniable evidence of his malfeasance and his defeat in the vote count.

And now the Republicans have remained silent and taken no action against obvious malefactors who have damaged the Congress by their presence—Senator Ron Johnson and Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene, Madison Cawthorn, and Lauren Boebert.

By these moves, the once honorable Republican Party has sullied itself beyond redemption and lost a sizeable portion of its voting membership. With the passage of H.R. 1, which will free voters from the impediments imposed by the Republicans; abolition of the filibuster and the electoral college; and approval of statehood for the District of Columba—all of which look eventually inevitable—the likelihood of a Republican majority disappears. Democrats have long outnumbered Republicans and, once free to vote unrestrained by Republican impediments, will easily win elections.

It looks to me is if the days of the Grand Old Party are limited. Maybe a new conservative party will emerge in its place. Even if that happens, I suspect that conservatives will remain a minority party at best. My guess is that the Democratic Party will eventually divide into a moderate faction and a progressive bloc.

The Republican Party will be as extinct as the dodo bird.

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