Writing in the Bulwark, Andy Smarick writes that while Donald Trump is making American conservatism unbearable right now, once he leaves the scene, things will go back to normal. Smarick writes:
After this president departs, the GOP and conservatism will soon return to their previous forms — as beneficial and successful as they were before, though perhaps reformed in modest ways. And in the long term, Trump’s effects on the party and conservatism will be minimal because Trumpism has failed in terms of principles, people, and popularity.
In Smarick’s view, Donald Trump will be like that season on Dallas where Bobby died and then turns up alive- it was all a dream.