Do you think the founders of TLP will try to forge a party?
Now mind you, I'm the furthest thing from the ideological principles of the Republican Party, that is when they supposedly had principles. But in the current Republican party is the Trumplican party of thuggery, I'm wondering whether the founders of TLP will actually try to form a new Republican Party to try to combat the ideological zealotry? At the moment, we only have one functioning party and the Democratic Party has been opening up its umbrella larger and larger to try to accommodate those that have left...but it can't be the all encompassing party as it will lose its one ideological principles.
The GOP probably won't want them "back". So they either become democrats, try to work as an "independent" party endorsing candidates of any stripe, or try to create a conservative party to replace the party of Trump.
and they're not liberals.
They believe, rightly, and have said that America's conservatives need an honorable and productive party that represents their conservative values. They also know that's critically important ALL Americans because otherwise our democracy cannot survive. So, one way or another, they will work toward that goal.
If it's a party that wants to advance its conservative policy goals while eschewing corruption, working within the framework of the Constitution, and respecting the Rule of Law, then I will welcome them even as I spar with them over policy.
They are more like our Founders, or referees at this point. Their old Republican Party principles were so unpopular that Democrats went left, and Republicans went far right. But they are teaching Democrats how to play hardball, and we'd best pay attention, and they will duke it out with the far right. How they win I have no idea.
...the question is whether that will be doable.
They're also smart enough to know it requires more than an Independent Presidential candidate.
Their permanently irreconcilable differences with the traitors in the GOP's "organized conspiracy for the purposes of maintaining power for self-interest, and the self-interest of its donor class" means war to destroy their seditious extremist cabal, whichever form it takes.
The Republican Party has an organization and a proud (to them) history to reform themselves around, and it'd seem there'd be enormous benefits to taking it over, if possible.
McConnell has just been elected for six more years, though, if he lives that long. I'm guessing it could matter a great deal to their strategy if McConnell served those years as senate majority leader or a mostly de-powered minority leader until ousted by a hostile patriots faction from that position also. Like in 2022.
to salvage the republican brand. I foresee Romney as the man in 2024.