October 30, 2016

BACK TO COMPASSION:

GOP braces for turmoil after Election Day (Matt Viser, OCTOBER 29, 2016, Boston Globe)

Right now party activists are conducting quiet conversations, Miller and others say, about how the party should move forward. Some have hopes that the Republican Party can form something along the lines of the Democratic Leadership Council, which was created after the 1984 election when Walter Mondale lost nearly every state to Ronald Reagan. The council pushed the party to become more centrist, which helped pave the way for Bill Clinton's election as a "New Democrat" in 1992.

Such a review will undoubtedly confront uncertainty over what it means to be a Republican. The party that for so long clearly followed in the dogma of Reagan (lower taxes, balanced budgets) or Bush (hawkish foreign policy) is now deeply splintered.

The DLC was a means to move the Democrats at the national level towards accepting the End of History and Thatcherism, just like Tony Blair's New Labour.    George W. Bush and Compassionate Conservatism did the same thing for the GOP, moving the party past the anti-government silliness of Ross Perot and Newt's House.   An RLC would just get the party to refocus on the politics that has won it elections--the pro-immigration/pro-trade policies of Reagan, GHWB and W; and the Third Way entitlement and tax reforms of W.



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