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

This program originally aired on Sunday, October 24, 2021 on CPTV and is now available for on-demand viewing on this page, as well as at; on YouTube; and on the free Connecticut Public mobile app. (Visit Google Play or the Apple App Store to download the app.)

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

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