Larison expects the next GOP nominee to be more moderate:
Nothing renders complaints about ideological flaws moot like the ability to prevail in a presidential election. In fact, rallying behind a more “centrist” candidate is often a much quicker, less demanding adjustment to make than revisiting basic assumptions or correcting for past failures. While it may not seem so now, trying to solve the GOP’s electoral weaknesses by finding a more popular standard-bearer is the path of least resistance.
My thoughts here.