In 2012 the Republican Party conducted an "autopsy" to learn lessons after Mitt Romney's defeat as President, with the goal of retaking the White House in 2016.
Given that the 2016 GOP nominee is one Donald John Trump, this line from the report feels prescient: "If our Party is not welcoming and inclusive, young people and increasingly other voters will continue to tune us out." (Page 10)
Huh. Part of me feels the delicious schadenfreude in all this, in certain moods I look upon the GOP's implosion with delight. But most of the time I'm just sad about it. The Grand Old Party has been a vibrant and essential part of our democracy for more than 150 years, and in the space of just one year it gave away its soul to a most unworthy recipient. Trump has not simply coarsened the dialogue, stoked hate and embarrassed America. He has brought a great party down too, as collateral damage for his ego.