As a conservative independent, when not casting my vote for an independent, it more often than not goes to the Republican candidate. While my disillusionment with Trump occurred early in his term, any defense of him completely expired on January 6th, 2021.
While I take heart in Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger and Mike Pence, the RNC Salt Lake winter proclamation defending January 6th can only hurt the party in 2022 and 24. Hopefully, by their spring meeting, they will be more Republican, and less Trumpican.
Trump didn't win the election in 2020, and likewise he wouldn't win in 2024. However, there is a backlash to the progressive Democratic programs now occurring. The Defund The Police mentality has turned the urban cores into a lawless jungle. The endless stimulus payments have a negative effect on the economy. There are real opportunities for rational Republicans to prevail. However, supporting Trump's delusions is not rational.
I suppose Republican candidates feel that they can walk the tightrope to win primaries in the spring, and then move more toward the middle for November. They are overestimating themselves, and underestimating the voters.