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April 2, 2019
'It's not just the economy, stupid'
We are in the midst of a great political transition from one era to another. Such transitions are rare in this country. "The End of the New Deal Era, and the Coming Realignment" in the American Interest, by Frank J. DiStefano, says there have been five such eras in our history. At the end of each era, in response to the failure of the old party system, the parties reinvent themselves, making new coalitions in attempting to form a majority. DiStefano says the Democratic and Republican coalitions of the New Deal era which is just ending are both inadequate and need a do-over. What DiStefano doesn't appreciate is that the reinvention of the Republican Party has already taken place. It happened in the 2016 election. Today's Republicans are now nationalists and populists, and, as always, constitutional conservatives. Out goes the Chamber of Commerce. In come the working men and women of America. So,...(Read Full Post)