Chris Vance

Former Washington State Republican lawmaker and State Party Chairman. Republican nominee for the US Senate in 2016. Now an independent.

The Next Challenge to American Democracy

If the 2020 election results had matched the polling, Republicans would have suffered a comprehensive, crushing defeat that might have broken the fever of Trumpism and helped more traditional Republicans restore the GOP to sanity. Unfortunately, the polls were wrong again.

Impeachment Makes Clear: Time for a Trump-Free New Party

Many of us are in discussions about the possibility of creating a new party, or a new political faction.

Four Steps to Healing America after Trump

Suddenly there are Republican elected officials who seem willing to break with Trump and the base., perhaps even creating a new party.

Now it can be Told: Trump’s America-First is a Big Bust

The end of the cold war, and the painful Mideast wars which followed 9/11, caused many to question America’s defense and foreign policy, but now we have enough information to indicate that America First isolationism makes the world a more dangerous place.

If Trump Wins…

Trump probably cannot spell “authoritarianism,” much less define it. But he has the instincts of a wannabe Duce, and he has been running the authoritarian playbook since he took office.

Election Shows a Trumpified GOP and Democratic Civil War

The Republican base has been fully Trumpified. They seek out the most conservative candidates and reject anyone who defies Trumpist orthodoxy. There is no real battle now within the GOP.

What Does Post-Republican Politics Look Like?

Critics have made the case that the term “centrist” is mushy and undefined, and that the political center doesn’t even exist. They have a point. Politics ultimately is about ideas and specific policy proposals.

How The Once-Powerful State GOP Blew Its Chance To Elect a Governor

Business was always leery of the Republican association with social issues, but the big point of contention was over transportation funding. Republican opposition to gas tax increases and support for Eyman’s initiatives cutting transportation funding dampened business support.

Early Handicapping 2020 Washington State Elections

Until very recently the King County suburbs were the state’s main battleground. Now the swing districts are in Pierce, Mason, Clark, Cowlitz, Skagit, Island, and Whatcom counties. There are ZERO competitive partisan races in King County this year.

It’s Looking More Like We’re Going To Have a Historic Political Realignment This Year

2020 could be a realigning election like 1860, 1896, and 1932: an election that ushers in a new era of one-party dominance.

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