Do candidates change their parties?

If a party chooses a candidate who is at odds with some or much of the party’s dogma or platform, does this tend to change the party at all?

If so, if the Republicans nominate Trump, will his tolerance of government spending make the party less ideologically hostile to it?

That’s a deep question, dude. Does man change the society, or does society change the man?

Republicans, like everyone else, are for big government spending. Actions speaker louder than words.

Krugman argues in today’s column that a significant portion of the Republican base (including the Trump supporters) was never really against government spending:

I agree with him, but the party is ideologically (not necessarily in actuality) opposed.