Rebooting the GOP


The defining political question of the moment, many pundits claim, probably is: Whither the GOP? When Donald Trump was sworn into office, the GOP held both houses of Congress and was considered untouchable. Two years later, the Democrats won back the House; two years after that, the Senate and the presidency.

While the GOP dominates the South and still controls the majority of state legislatures and governorships, moderate Republicans have been marginalized and are fleeing. Demographic trends are challenging its recruiting, creating a potential existential crisis for the party, and it no longer has a platform beyond the support of Donald Trump.

The 11th show of the season examines the future of the GOP, the party culture and politics, and the role of the two-party system.

Panelists include:

  • Kristen Soltis Anderson, founding partner at Echelon Insights and columnist at the Washington Examiner
  • Matthew Dowd, author, political pundit and consultant
  • Robert L. Gibbs, former White House press secretary
  • Tara Setmayer, former GOP congressional communications director

Where to Watch

“Rebooting the GOP” will premiere on Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 6 p.m. on CPTV and the CPTV Livestream. It will also be available for on-demand viewing on this page, as well as at video.cptv.org; on YouTube; and on the free Connecticut Public mobile app. (Visit Google Play or the Apple App Store to download the app.)

The program will encore on CPTV and the CPTV Livestream on Tuesday, October 26 at 11 p.m. and Saturday, October 30 at 11 a.m. It will also encore on CPTV Spirit on Wednesday, October 27 at 7 p.m., Saturday, October 30 at 1 p.m., and Sunday, October 31 at 6 p.m.


Common Ground with Jane Whitney is distributed nationally by American Public Television (APT).


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