Today, the Republican Party stands at a precipice.

From 2016 to 2020, voters stripped Republicans of their majority in the House, their majority in the Senate, and their control of the White House. It’s the first time since 1932 and the fifth time in U.S. history that a political party has lost all three in only four short years. Now, locked out of power and bleeding tens of thousands of voters, the GOP faces a stark choice: grow, or die.

That may sound dramatic, but as voters flee the party in droves and Democrats make major gains in the suburbs

In 2010, a movement dubbed the Tea Party rocked Republican politics. As insurgent, sometimes reactionary primary candidates mounted — and sometimes even managed to pull off — primary campaigns against incumbents they deemed insufficiently conservative, the 2010 campaign season signaled the beginning of the GOP’s drift to the far reaches of the right.

Even though his party lost seats that cycle, then-President Obama made great political hay out of ridiculing the GOP as they abandoned the political center, and successfully parlayed that ridicule into a winning campaign message that staved off Mitt Romney and Republican congressional candidates in 2012.


John Fluharty

Former Executive Director of the Delaware Republican Party, political strategist/commentator and LGBTQ advocate.

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