Culture war

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Democrats are no more willing than social-conservative Trump supporters to lay down their culture-war objectives and enmities in order to save the constitution from the president. As Ross Douthat and others have pointed out, if liberals really believed that Trump was a threat to the constitutional order or a harbinger of fascism, they would begin doing what many liberals did after the 2004 election: making rhetorical and political gestures toward conservative churchgoers in order to mollify them and win the next election … Instead, one is tempted to think that liberals see Trump’s struggles as an opportunity to win more culture-war battles more comprehensively.

GOP working-class agenda

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If the GOP is becoming more working-class, in terms of its coalition’s demographic composition, there are few signs that it is becoming a party “for the working class,” in the sense of governing in the interests of workers as workers. By the same token, while the Democratic Party is becoming more affluent demographically, its economic policies have grown steadily more progressive over the past decade.

The future of the republican party

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“There are a lot of institutions, a lot of think tanks, a lot of organizations, that earn a lot of money by pushing economic policies that are in the interest of big Republican donors … the interests of the donors are just not aligned with the interests of the working- and middle-class grassroots voters, and eventually one those two interests has to win out.