The ongoing collapse of the Republican Party, with its absolute rejection of the new President, and accompanying collapse in public approval, has no precedent in American political history, although it has elements in common with every other generational change:
- As in 1860 it's centered in the South and the rhetoric is violent. But that rhetoric was followed by action. There is no evidence, despite the stockpiling of weapons, that America is about to be visited by a Second Civil War.
- As in 1896 the issues of the minority are primarily economic, having to do with the nature of money and of government. But there has been no divide into small parties, as there was then, and the populism has all been rhetorical.
- As in 1968 parts of the old governing coalition are abandoning politics altogether, social conservatives into churches, economic conservatives onto Wall Street, neoconservatives into think tanks. But back then the old governing party, the Democrats, controlled Congress for another 12 years, often by large majorities. These Republicans can be ignored.