March 23, 2016

On the Split of Republican Party

Saw this op-ed in newspaper by a Joel Kotkin and it seems pretty accurate: 

"Successful political parties unite interests under a broadly shared policy agenda. The Clinton Democrats may seem ethically challenged, condescending and bordering on dictatorial, but they share basic positions on many core issues and a unifying belief in federal power as the favored instrument for change.

In contrast, the Republican Party consists of interest groups that share little common ground.

GOP libertarians want more social freedoms; social conservatives want less. Neocons hunger for war, while most other Republicans, both libertarian and constitutionalist conservatives, reject Bushian interventionism. The rising populist wave now inundating the party and driving the Trump juggernaut both detests, and is detested by, the party’s media, corporate and intellectual establishment.

Some 'movement' conservatives are returning the favor, essentially blaming the white working class for their own failures. Among some on the right, it appears, capitalism and the law of the jungle are always noble, and those who fail to make the grade clearly are not. No surprise, then, that the new generation of voters seems more ready for socialism than for laissez faire."


And from Jonah Goldberg, what I've been saying for awhile now: 

"Nominating Donald Trump will wreck the Republican Party as we know it. Not nominating Trump will wreck the Republican Party as we know it. The sooner everyone recognizes this fact, the better.  Trump represents just the most pronounced of a spiderweb of ideological and demographic fault lines that are increasingly difficult to paper over.  To wit: This ends in tears no matter what. Get over it and pick a side." 


Kevin Hammer said...

Kotkin wrote a book 2 years ago, The New Class Conflict, which is worth a look -- explains a lot of the currents that are surfacing in this election year.

TS said...

Thanks for the tip, have downloaded sample to my kindle.