After the electoral defeat and impeachment of Donald Trump, the Republican Party is at a crossroads. Parties that lose presidential elections frequently reconsider their trajectories and their political messaging. How much will the party be determined by the politics and policies of the last four years? How much will it try to reconceptualise and rebrand itself for the 2022 and 2024 elections? Doug Becker discusses the future of the Republican Party with Geoffrey Kabaservice, Paul Djupe, Brian Conley, and Marcus Witcher.

Geoffrey Kabaservice is the Director of Political Studies at the Niskanen Center. He is the author of Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, From Eisenhower to the Tea Party.

Paul Djupe is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Denison University. He is the co-editor of The Evangelical Crackup? The Future of the Evangelical-Republican Coalition.

Brian Conley is a Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies at Suffolk University. He is the author of The Rise of the Republican Right: From Goldwater to Reagan.

Marcus Witcher is an Assistant Professor in the History Department at Huntingdon College. He is the author of Getting Right with Reagan: The Struggle for True Conservatism, 1980-2016.



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