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Had the Republican party not made the Goldwater turn (and then a few more turns that followed from it), I suspect that the Democratic party would have remained a majority party for longer than it did–and, maybe more interestingly, would have been a more socially conservative party. The ‘64 election (and to a lesser extent the ‘74 election) brought liberal Republicans into the Democratic fold, where they combined with home-grown liberals and then drove conservatives out of the party. If you could unwind this history and take a different path, would the result have been a more or less socially conservative country?


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