The GOP can't avoid any of the socialist democrats' traps for one simple reason - they don't know who their enemy is, and they dismiss the progressives' agenda because they don't think any "American" would hold to a radical ideology calling for the destruction of our country.
The GOP has their head up their posterior. They refuse to see the commonality between progressivism and Marxism. They are still calling these traitors "our colleague across the aisle."
Then too, there's the problem the Repubs have with a disgusting lack of courage and will to fight.