I agree will much of what you said. We may, in some ways, be watching the twitching of a still warm corpse. The Republican party in its current form may well be dead.
I watch this with some unease. Not because I feel any sympathy or empathy for these heartless psychopaths, but because of the damage they can do while the body decays.
The media, including the left leaning media, will be eating up the sound and the fury that will come with a major party dying and then being reborn.
I don't see how Republicans can survive. Reaganism has been a proven failure that was always based on economic wishful thinking. Supply side economics was always, at its core, a yearning for a free lunch. Reaganism imagined sn Oz-like paradise where cutting taxes leads to more revenue and the government shrinks away to nothingness because regulation just isn't needed due to the all-powerful and infinitely wise free market. This vision of the world has always had less reality to it than found in a Grimm fairly tale.
Because this kind of radical magical thinking has led to a decades long purging of anyone remotely rational from the GOP there isn't really anyone left to bring them back into the light of reason. All their thinkers and intellectuals have long since become independents or, worse still, Democrats. Even Barry Goldwater thought these folks nuts by the time he died--if that gives you any indication of just how lunatic this fringe has become.
My fear is that they'll not go gently into their good night. And in making all their furious noise they'll suck the air out of the national conversation that we should be having right now. The Republicans have finally shown their true colors in all their nasty, simple meanness. The ugliness just came pouring out, first in their convention which resembled a white power rally more than a major party convention, and then in the constant, so-called gaffes that were more unwitting revelations of truth.
These people are mean and they don't like being told they're wrong and they're willing to fight over it. This cast of idiots has already announced to the world that they don't see anything wrong with their ideas and message there was just something wrong with their packaging.
The death throes are going to be violent and there will be collateral damage. The media. always eager for a great story, will feast on this. I just hope we survive it intact and not in civil war.