Author: Charles

The GOP is the party of the left

The GOP is the party of the left

Editorial: Phew, there wasn’t a red wave. But it’s too soon to exhale.

Editorial: Phew, there wasn’t a red wave. But it’s too soon to exhale.

Phew, there wasn’t a red wave. But it’s too soon to exhale.

Last Friday on Twitter, I quoted from a blog post by Chris Whittle, a research fellow at the Centre for American Progress. (He works with me.) I quoted:

If the GOP were to nominate Donald Trump, it would be the equivalent of an anti-Clinton campaign.

It’s tempting to read this as the beginning of a new meme. Yes, Hillary’s supporters would vote for Donald Trump, just as they did for Sen. John McCain in 2008, just as they did for Sen. Fred Thompson in 2004, just as they did, you know, for all the other “Never-Trumpers.”

But I’m not going to make that leap. Whittle is wrong. There is no comparison between the two parties, except in the media.

As I wrote last Friday:

The GOP is the party on the right today. That’s because it’s the party of people who believe in limited government, free markets, and personal responsibility. The GOP is the party of the small government, low taxes, and higher education. The GOP is the party of American exceptionalism and of immigration. The GOP is the party of fiscal conservatism and of lower taxes.

This is a party of Reagan and of Reaganomics — just as the Democrats were the party of Clinton and of Clintonomics.

The last thing the Republican Party needs now is to become the party of the left. The party of Hillary Clinton would be the equivalent of an anti-Clinton campaign.

That sounds like a warning, right? But no. This is not even close to being a warning. In fact, it’s an

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