So apparently the destiny of the GOP really is to become the American Le Penists, i.e. a permanent opposition party with a faux right-wing populist outlook, and controlled by a single family, that can never quite achieve state power. Michael Lind argues that historically the US has had not so much two parties as much as one and a half parties, where the major conflicts of every era take place within a single party, and the second party largely serving as token opposition. Right now, it looks like the Republicans will be the token opposition in the foreseeable future, with the real mainstream arguments taking place in the Democratic Party, mostly over economic policy (neoliberals vs social democrats) since most Democrats agree on cultural issues.
Team Rising reacts to a cringe Sean Hannity segment on Fox News.