The Atlantic Daily: How the GOP Is Regrouping Post-Trump

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For nearly half a decade, Donald Trump monopolized the national conversation—until, one day, he didn’t. “The time when ‘covfefe’ could consume the nation for days on end is, mercifully, past,” my colleague David A. Graham points out.

Trump may be gone, but his party isn’t. Republicans are regrouping, working to reshape the electorate and experimenting with new messages.

  • The GOP’s voter-suppression measures may backfire. David Frum outlines four specific ways the GOP’s efforts could end up costing the party.

  • It’s found a new group to demonize. Adam Serwer argues that the recent wave of anti-trans legislation follows a longtime strategy: “Find a misunderstood or marginalized group, convince voters that the members of that group pose an existential threat to society, and then ride to victory on the promise of using state power to crush them.”

  • It’s betting against its base on infrastructure. “That resistance represents a political gamble, because the proposed benefits—including $1,400 stimulus checks, and rural broadband in the infrastructure plan—are large enough and visible enough that voters may be more likely to feel them in their daily life than most legislative actions,” Ronald Brownstein writes.

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One question, answered: I’m vaccinated. Does that mean I can go to the gym now?

Our staff writer Katherine J. Wu helps you think through the decision:

Instead of giving a straight yes or no, I’ll say this: Going to an indoor space with other people is still risky right now. But it’s less risky for you if you’re more than two weeks out from your final vaccine dose, which is great news.

If you’re eager to go to the gym, remember that not all gyms are following the same precautions right now, and it’s wise to choose one that’s still being very conscious of transmission. The CDC has laid out some good checklists: Masks and distancing are an absolute must for everyone; ventilation—including HEPA filters and open windows—matters; capacity limits help you maintain social distance. Also keep in mind what you’re doing at the gym. The harder you breathe, the more air and droplets you’ll be exchanging with your environment. And while you’re there, it can’t hurt to clean your hands, face, and the surfaces you touch. As the weather warms up, consider swapping your gym routine for something outdoors, too, whether it’s a class, or a free solo activity such as jogging or biking.

Meanwhile, Americans are picking up the pace with their workouts, in anticipation of a vaccinated summer, Saahil Desai reported last month.


Tonight’s Atlantic-approved isolation activity:

The story of our national parks, sometimes called “America’s best idea,” leaves out a very big group of people. The Ojibwe writer David Treuer is trying to change that. Listen to the latest episode of our new podcast with WNYC Studios, The Experiment.

Today’s break from the news:

Money can buy happiness—if you spend it the right way, Arthur C. Brooks writes in his latest “How to Build a Life” column.


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