Whither the WASP?

The U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C. (Melpomenem/Getty Images)
The Republican Party could stand to rediscover the civic virtues of our erstwhile ruling caste.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE S o much for the abortive “America First Caucus” and the associated Republican rally for “unique Anglo-Saxon traditions.”

I am almost sad to see the project go, because I am damned curious which “unique Anglo-Saxon traditions” Tweedledum and Tweedledeeffinstupid had in mind. Thatched roofs, maybe?

The great traditions I can think of at the nexus of Anglo-Saxon people and the Republican Party mostly involve penny loafers and badminton rackets, martini shakers and quiet desperation. Granted, that all came rather late in the Anglo-Saxon chronicle, around the time that great scholar of the American country-club set Digby Baltzell popularized the acronym WASP — “White


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