Magazine December 5, 2016, Issue

A Changed GOP

(Roman Genn)
Republican voters were not quite who the party thought they were

Republicans have always understood that their party’s tent is home to different factions. But they have long tended to perceive these factions — the grassroots base, the business Right, the conservative movement, and the governing-party establishment — as deeply united by a way of thinking, and not just by transactional relationships.

For two decades and more after the end of the Reagan era, Republicans implicitly thought of this coalition in terms we might roughly describe as “The Four Modes of Phil Gramm.” Gramm, the former senator from Texas, was an ideal full-spectrum-conservative Republican. He was a homespun populist pouring his common …

Yuval Levin is the director of social, cultural, and constitutional studies at the American Enterprise Institute and the editor of National Affairs.

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