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Republican Party



  • The GOP Test

    by Sean Wilentz

    If Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy, and their respective caucuses persist, they will have tainted their party far beyond what Trump already has.



  • Was Reagan a Precursor to Trump? A New Documentary Says Yes

    Reagan biographer Lou Cannon and historian Rick Perlstein contend the series misconstrues Reagan's politics by portraying him as a dog-whistling race baiter (Cannon says it's flat wrong, Perlstein says it's more complicated than that). 



  • What Are Parties For?

    by Jan-Werner Müller

    The Republican Party has outsourced the work of policymaking to a handful of billionaire-funded think tanks, leading to an incoherent platform of plutocratic populism and a party structure that cannot debate and advance new ideas, says a top scholar of comparative politics. 



  • By Humoring Trump, The GOP Is Enabling Authoritarianism

    by Max Boot

    "One senior Republican official told The Post: 'What is the downside for humoring him for this little bit of time? No one seriously thinks the results will change.' What’s the downside? Only the undermining of our democracy."


  • Is this a Slow-Moving Coup?

    by HNN Staff

    As Trump refuses to concede, few Republicans have repudiated his baseless charges of election fraud. Are they indulging a sore loser or starting a coup? 



  • A Large Portion of the Electorate Chose the Sociopath

    by Tom Nichols

    By picking Trump again, those voters are showing that they are just like him: angry, spoiled, racially resentful, aggrieved, and willing to die rather than ever admit that they were wrong.



  • When Black Voters Went Blue

    Leah Wright Rigeur discusses the process by which Black voters shifted from loyal Republicans to Democrats. 


  • Conservatism Needs a Hard Pruning of Trumpism

    by Jeff Bloodworth

    If there is to be a healthy conservative presence in the Republican Party and the American political system, supporters and enablers of Donald Trump's abuses will need to be cleared out. 



  • How Democrats Can Learn Hardball From the Republicans of 1861

    The Antebellum slave power suppressed democracy and abolitionism through control of the institutions of American government, from the Senate to the courts to the postal service. Only after secession and the start of civil war did the Republican Party fight back successfully with hardball tactics.


  • Where Ross Douthat Goes Wrong

    by Jim Sleeper

    Jim Sleeper argues that Times columnist Ross Douthat's brand of conservatism fixates on a supposed liberal cultural domination while ignoring the right's long path to consolidating power through the law, institutions and the threat of physical force. 



  • Republicans: The New Confederacy

    by David W. Blight

    "There is no Republican majority in America, except on election days. It all depends on who votes and who is allowed to vote."



  • Stop Othering Latinos

    by Geraldo L. Cadava

    When politicians see us as more than voters, we may give them our votes.