The Republican party in one sentence

Chait has an interesting post on why liberals shouldn’t actually fear a Trump presidency so much.  He has a nice analogy with Trump as Schwarzenegger, who ended up being a pretty moderate governor who worked with Democrats.  I think he makes some good points, but I’m still with Ezra on this one.   That said, mostly I just wanted to share Chait’s one sentence summary of the modern Republican party:

The GOP is a machine that harnesses ethno-nationalistic fear — of communists, criminals, matrimonial gays, terrorists, snooty cultural elites — to win elections and then, once in office, caters to its wealthy donor base.

Over-simplified?  Of course.  Pretty spot-on?  Unfortunately, yes.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

2 Responses to The Republican party in one sentence

  1. Jon K says:

    Sadly I have to admit the truth in that sentence. After reading Dark Money I am very concerned about the influence that wealthy billionare activists (more than just Koch, but they are the best example) have had over the agenda of the GOP. There is convincing evidence that they manufactured and control the Tea Party, and they use outrage and fear to get what they want. It has turned the party I have long supported into something that I want no part of. I hope the GOP will fix itself before it is too late….

  2. R. Jenrette says:

    I share your hope. Democracy can’t work well if at least two points of view and at least two visions of our future, with all parties seeking what’s good for the American people as a whole.

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