Highlights from What's Next: Election 2020 and Beyond

Our post-election event featured discussions with Karl Rove, Joe Trippi, Liz Cheney, Tim Scott, Ben Sasse and more.

On November 9 and 10, The Dispatch convened our first ever two-day event to explore the results of the 2020 election and what’s next for the parties, conservatism and the country after this historic election. Below are highlights from the event that we hope will inform and provide context for what comes next.

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  • Chapter 1: What’s next after this election and how should a contested election play out? Featuring political strategists Karl Rove and Joe Trippi.

  • Chapter 2: Why a secure and transparent US election is important when the world is watching. Featuring Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Ambassador Mark Green, former administrator of USAID.

  • Chapter 3: How much of President Trump’s turnout was personal to him and will his supporters stick with the GOP? Featuring political strategists Karl Rove and Joe Trippi.

  • Chapter 4: What’s the future of the Republican Party? Does Trumpism survive without Donald Trump as president? Featuring former Trump Chief of Staff and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

  • Chapter 5:  With no blue wave in 2020, what’s the path forward for the Democratic party? Featuring Democratic political strategist Lis Smith.

  • Chapter 6: Do the results of the 2020 election portend the end of identity politics in the Democratic Party. Featuring Democratic political strategist Mo Elleithee.

  • Chapter 7: What does the Republican Party stand for now? Featuring Reince Priebus, Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY), and Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland (R).

  • Chapter 8: What’s the biggest national security challenge we face as a country heading into a Biden administration? Featuring Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Ambassador Mark Green, former administrator of USAID.

  • Chapter 9: The political center in America is being crowded out by tribalism. Featuring Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE).

  • Chapter 10: Are American Institutions In Decay Or Are They Proving Resilient? Featuring Andy Smarick of the Manhattan Institute, Jack Goldsmith of Harvard Law School, and Yuval Levin of American Enterprise Institute.

  • Chapter 11: What’s next for the parties as institutions and can they be fixed?Featuring Yuval Levin and Andy Smarick.

  • Chapter 12:  Biggest highlights and takeaways of the event from The Dispatch crew.