US Politics

Marion McKeone: Fractious succession wannabes confirm GOP as a party adrift and out of touch

Trumpless first Republican debate provided a spectacle of disunity in a party driven by angry populism over guiding principles

Former US president Donald Trump chose to be interviewed by ex-Fox News host Tucker Carlson rather than attend the first Republican debate. Picture: Getty

It was Hamlet without the Prince, Succession without Logan Roy, a fire drill for an event that seems increasingly unlikely to happen – a Republican primary that yields an alternative to Donald Trump. While the former president and leading GOP contender for 2024 skipped the debate for a bizarre, conspiracy-fuelled chinwag with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, the eight Republican also-rans variously auditioned for the roles of understudy or running mate.

The first Republican ...