Not your daddy’s GOP anymore and it won’t be again

B. Jay Cooper
3 min readOct 7, 2022

If you ever entertained any notion that the Republican Party will endure in a democracy, tell me what you’re smoking, please.

As an example, Georgia GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker’s most recent embarrassing issue to cope with is twofold:

  1. A woman claimed to have an affair with him and he paid for an abortion despite sayinhe is anti-choice no matter what. Walker denied both claims in strong terms, kinda.
  2. After his denials, the woman (unidentified by Daily Beast which broke the stories) said, in effect: Oh yea? Well I also had his baby. Walker denied this too and leads questioners to believe he has no idea who the woman is.

(If I were advising Walker I would tell him: If the allegation is untrue, ask for a DNA test. That will prove who’s being honest here.)

It is only the most recent example of the Republican Party rather than seek the truth, accepts his denials as facts. Now, maybe he’s correct about the abortion and the child. DNA would tell us.

The Republican Party’s response: We believe Herschel!!!

Translation: We really want the Senate majority and he is key to that goal.

There is a series of examples of the GOP’s drifting, uh, running away from its traditional views. The biggest one is former President Donald Trump’s claims that the last election was stolen from him. Most Republican elected officials — and GOP candidates for federal, state and local offices in November –either buy into that lie or say they do to stay in Trump’s good graces and to not alienate his base voters. Polls show, too, that rank and file Republicans think the election was stolen. Trump’s election fraud lie is real to a vast majority of Republicans, despite dozens of court cases (some decided by Trump-appointed judges) and recounts showing Biden did win.

Now, you may think that once Trump is gone, however that happens, from the political discussion, the party will return to the Republican Party of old — one whose policy positions you may have disagreed with but you felt was honestly reflecting those core beliefs.

Core beliefs have disappeared from the party. The only core belief is that Trump won the election and Joe Biden is an illegitimate president. Trump and his troops have been so good at pushing that lie that 70 percent of Republicans have bought into it.

B. Jay Cooper

Former deputy White House press secretary (Reagan and Bush 41) and former head of communications at Republican Natl Committee. My blog: