Cruz is out, Kasich is far behind. Trump is the presumptive nominee. Love him or hate him, one thing is for sure he’s not the Republican of the past. He’s never held office. He’s the most “outsider” of any candidate since Wendell Willkie. Either in the primary or in the past he has been all over on the GOP platform from single-payer health care, protectionism, guns, and abortion. The platform and principles of the GOP aren’t a guide for him. Of course, his supporters will point out that it wasn’t for the GOP establishment (GOPe) either. So what is a Republican now?
The grand Reagan coalition of “leave me alone” was made of Defense, Economic, and Social conservatives. Reagan masterfully built it and kept it together, but it was contentious after his presidency. Now it’s completely gone. Trump hasn’t sought to rebuilt it. That may be the right thing because the Cold War and Reagan era are indeed over. But what coalition is there for Trump to build? What Republicans are there now?
Simply, there are two. Trump supporters and Hillary opponents. Start building.