the GOP will bring about a Republican Leadership Council (like the Democrats did after Dukakis) and shut down the Tea Party for good, since a loss at the presidential level will be a pretext to do so and end this idea that “you need to be more conservative” like many Democrats thought Dukakis wasn’t liberal enough (or for that matter, John Kerry in 2004, tho that election was statistical bad luck given the polling nationally and in Ohio that stood in MoE before the election, and Kerry didn’t lose anywhere closely as bad as Dukakis).
The GOP establishment asserts a moderate stance on immigration to the party; build a wall, but only deport criminals. Their next candidate does on abortion, gay marriage, and immigration what Bill Clinton did on the death penalty and crime. National (not GOP primary) opinion polls are much closer to Hillary and the Gang of Eight on illegal immigration than Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Abortion; most people only wanna see a ban on late term abortion, if at all. Most people support gay marriage rights-marriage documents are state documents, whereas only the ceremony is religious. Of course tho, the GOP does win on the transvestites in girls’ bathrooms issue, and I personally agree with them on that, even tho my abortion/LGB (notice the lack of T there) stances are with the Dems.
Donald Trump could’ve done that at least on abortion; but this KKK/Duke thing and deliberately quoting Mussolini will nullify that. His immigration stance is the opposite of what the GOP needed. He had a lot of potential; now I think unless somehow people forget the Duke thing, (and Hillary or Trump’s GOP enemies might not let that happen), Trump’s a gonner.