Alabama’s GOP primary is just a preview: Despite controlling all three branches of government, Republican voters are still angry with their representation in Congress. The thing about the Kid Rock for Senate trial balloon is that no one was really willing to predict that he wouldn’t win. The Republican roots of Trumpism: Jonathan Chait interviews Charlie Sykes, author of How the Right Lost Its Mind. Republicans really don’t think it’s their job to keep Trump in check. Trump relishes fighting enemies in his own party. Steve Benen on the unusual nature of the Republican Party’s “civil war”. “What if Trump is doing exactly what congressional GOP leaders want? (i.e., using cultural wedge issues to distract from Rs helping the 1%)”. While you aren’t looking, the GOP continues to gut financial oversight.