GOP Seeks to Consolidate Gains, Build Party Loyalty

Just in time for tonight’s GOP debate, comes this 1985 piece looking at the major political realignment that took place.

I suspect that realignment has run its course. The demographics of the country have changed, as has the political orientation of the GOP itself.

Anyway, this is a fascinating slice of history:



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  1. RW commented on Dec 15

    The strategy and its concomitant enforcement of party loyalty had some unanticipated side effects; e.g., loss of new ideas and people to think them.

    How climate change ate conservatism’s smartest thinkers
    …the vast majority of reform conservatives …neither articulate a clear view of what kind of climate goals they would prefer nor demonstrate how their favorite policies would get us there. Instead …the few conservatives who even talk about climate …are constantly saying whatever policy is on deck at the moment is no good. …

    NB: It is important to note that global warming is not unique here. There has been no sign of the reemergence of technocratic voices on the right in health care, macroeconomics, anti-poverty policy, inequality, or–increasingly–national security.

  2. VennData commented on Dec 16

    Nicely done.

    Paul Ryan’s call for a positive and hopeful GOP doesn’t seem to have got traction, especially with Rubio.

    Maybe it’s because Ryan is Obama’s poodle and freedom loving Americans simply demand the government to shut down so they can be free.

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