Returning to the Party of Lincoln

Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. (diane39/Getty Images)
The coalition needed might be less a radical innovation for the GOP and more a return to form.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he electoral tea-leaves of 2020 are still settling, so reading them too closely can be a foolhardy enterprise. Still, a few possible hints arise.

The electoral coalition that put Trump in office in 2016 was, in and of itself, an insufficient foundation for a durable governing majority. He lost the popular vote by a significant percentage and only barely scored the trifecta of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan to win the White House. However, in its increased appeal to working-class voters, that coalition might have contained the seeds for such a majority. Last Tuesday’s election shows that it still remains plausible, even

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