This is some razor-sharp analysis, Driver.
Could it be possible, as you suggest, that the GOP cleansed itself both by resignations and by letting many of the remaining RINOs fall in elections?
Was this a necessary step to letting Trump take complete control of the party?
Obviously Ryan had to go. Right there was probably worth losing a seat. I can think of a few others right offhand that could not be successfully primaried but needed to get out of the way.
Plus, the RATS are going to totally expose themselves in the House for the worthless dregs they are, possibly setting the stage for a Yuuuge victory in 2020 with major ramifications.
The DHS/feds are apparently still investigating election fraud; they have until December 21; and I read (someplace, where?) that they will make some announcement or whatever, on Dec. 23.
Q has mentioned about this and I seriously doubt that the Trump admin is going to let the obvious, blatant, egregious and election results changing fraud just slide.