The popular storyline goes that voters are seeking political outsiders this year in their frustration over a government where the legislative gears are frozen and nothing gets done. What that storyline forgets is that this gridlock was by design, that GOP leaders held a meeting on the very evening of the president’s first inauguration and explicitly decided upon a policy of non-cooperation to deny him anything approaching a bipartisan triumph. The party followed this tactic with such lockstep discipline and cynical disregard for the national welfare that in 2010, seven Republican co-sponsors of a resolution to create a deficit reduction task force voted against their own bill because Mr. Obama came out for it. They feared its passage might make him look good.
Probably the best take on what’s happening on the right. The illusion that the right was all about free markets and limited government (with family values and national security thrown […]
We are documenting (here) how much of the right in general, and Trump in particular, are delegitimizing a whole raft of US institutions, like election procedures and outcomes, political adversaries, government in […]
On the one hand, Trump posed himself as the law and order candidate, just like Nixon did. On the other, he has remarkable criticism in numerous specific cases, so are […]
It’s really the only moderating force left, but Trump’s attacks on globalization and trade go directly against their interests.. Nominating a charlatan for president is the most obvious indication of […]