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February 11, 2021
The GOP Has Lost Its Way

What should the Republican party look like after Donald Trump? For many prominent establishment figures, including those behind The Lincoln Project, the GOP has lost its way. The only way back, they say, is to purge the forces that brought Trump to power. But others warn that rejecting the millions of voters who supported the former president is the wrong call for the American right. Rather, the GOP should instead double down, focus on bridging the establishment and grassroots factions of their party, and find a way to move forward together. In light of shifting political sands, we ask: Has the GOP lost its way?

 
Post-Debate
Winner

Against the Motion
34 %
61 %
For the Motion
5 %
Undecided
Pre-Debate
Against the Motion
29 %
58 %
For the Motion
13 %
Undecided
Breakdown
Against the Motion
26% - Remained For the Against Side
4% - Swung From the For Side
4% - Swung From Undecided
For the Motion
3% - Swung From the Against Side
50% - Remained For the For Side
8% - Swung From Undecided
Undecided
0% - Swung From the Against Side
4% - Swung From the For Side
1% - Remained Undecided
Post-Debate
Winner

For the Motion
80 %
0 %
Undecided
20 %
Against the Motion
Pre-Debate
For the Motion
73 %
0 %
Undecided
27 %
Against the Motion
Breakdown
For the Motion
7% - Swung From the Against Side
73% - Remained For the For Side
0% - Swung From Undecided
Undecided
0% - Swung From the Against Side
0% - Swung From the For Side
0% - Remained Undecided
Against the Motion
20% - Remained For the Against Side
0% - Swung From the For Side
0% - Swung From Undecided
About The Debaters
For The Motion
An image of Jeff Flake
Jeff Flake − Fmr. U.S. Senator, Arizona
The Honorable Jeff Flake is the former U.S. Senator from Arizona, where he served from 2013 to 2019. Before that, he... read bio
An image of Carlos Curbelo
Carlos Curbelo − Former U.S. Congressman
Former U.S. Congressman Carlos Luis Curbelo served Florida’s 26th congressional district from 2015 to 2019. While... read bio
Against The Motion
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Ben Domenech − Publisher, The Federalist & Host, The Federalist Radio Hour
Benjamin Domenech is the publisher of The Federalist, host of The Federalist Radio Hour, and writes The Transom, a... read bio
An image of Kimberley A. Strassel
Kimberley A. Strassel − Author and Member, Wall Street Journal Editorial Board
Kimberley A. Strassel is an author and member of the editorial board for The Wall Street Journal. She also writes a... read bio
Main Points
For The Motion

Core Republican principles, such as smaller government and fiscal conservatism, have been called to question under the Trump administration. 

 

States once considered safe havens for the Republicans, such as Georgia, are now in the hands of the Democrats. The Republican party lost control of the executive and legislative branches of government.

 

The Trump administration has deepened social, economic, and political divisions in the nation, and the GOP should denounce the current direction of the Republican party. 

Against The Motion

Prioritizing an “America First” strategy, be it domestic or foreign policy, resonates with voters and is a platform worth pursuing for future elections.


The Republican party has expanded its voter base, including breaking records among minority voters. Plus, the Republican party secured a conservative-leaning Supreme Court.


The GOP is not synonymous with the Trump administration. But even if it were, there are lessons to learn from both Trump’s grassroots efforts and the energizing style of his campaigns.