Postmodern Conservative

What Happened to Kempism?

The politics of Jack Kemp was born in upstate New York, but the old working-class base of Jack Kemp’s politics has utterly collapsed.  I  have a special column for First Things about how Donald Trump overwhelmingly won Jack Kemp’s old congressional district, and how a program that was originally designed to win over wage-earners has become a rationalization for the interests of the affluent.  

Paul Ryan fans should take special note of how Jack Kemp’s old stomping grounds have changed since 1980.

 

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