Republican Party

  • Republicans Can Thank Suburban New Yorkers for House Majority

    by Stacie Taranto

    The volatile politics of New York's downstate suburbs trace back to the settlement of massive suburban tracts outside the city after World War II, which created a large constituency of homeowners concerned with "law and order." 

  • Did Today's Right Originate in the 1990s? (Review)

    by John Ganz

    Nicole Hemmer's book "Partisans" looks to a generation of conservatives who found the Reagan Revolution inadequate and laid the foundations for MAGA during the Clinton years. 

  • Tim Snyder: Why Putin Wants the Republicans in Power

    Although the Republicans are split, it seems clear that Putin is working to boost the isolationist elements of the MAGA movement at a moment when Ukrainian forces are close to defeating Russia's invasion with international and American support. 

  • Inside the Proposed National "Don't Say Gay" Bill

    Modeled on legislation in Florida and other states, proponents say the legislation, a priority if Republicans retake the House, will protect children. Critics say its intention is to marginalize LGBTQ Americans. 

  • Review: When the GOP Lost Control of Itself

    by Claire Potter

    After a long dance with the far right, the Republican party lost – or abandoned – its desire to control the fringe, shifting from an institutional party to a set of media platforms running on a political platform of pessimism and anger, argues Nicole Hemmer. 

  • Forget Inflation: GOP Reviving Willie Horton (and It's Working)

    by Will Bunch

    "The GOP is partying like it’s 1988 — the year that scary pictures of a felon they called Willie Horton and grainy images of Black crime saved a party equally devoid of actual policies," says columnist Will Bunch. 

  • There Are Two Ways America Can Go After January 6

    by Thomas Zimmer

    In some respects, the January 6 attack resembles the failed 1923 Beer Hall Putsch. What should concern us is what could happen if the Justice Department decides to give similarly lenient treatment to the Capitol conspirators and their leader. 

  • Republicans Were Trumpy Long Before Trump

    by Nicole Hemmer

    Although he ran as an independent, Ross Perot's 1992 presidential campaign raised questions about how the Republican Party would position itself in the post cold-war world. That same year, Pat Buchanan started to provide answers. 

  • Chait: GOP Door is Now Open to Antisemites

    Since World War II, antisemitic conspiracists have been persona non grata in the party. Now, as the Republicans seek to govern with a shrinking share of the electorate, they're taking any help they can get. 

  • It's Not Trump's GOP, it's Pat Buchanan's

    by Nicole Hemmer

    Republicans have come around to Pat Buchanan's vision of a hard-right, pessimistic and grievance-driven party. The question now is whether they will soften that vision in pursuit of a majority of voters, or try to keep power as a minority party. 

  • Are the Republicans Repeating the Mistake of 1998?

    by Steven M. Gillon

    The Republican congressional leadership pushed ahead with the impeachment of Bill Clinton to appeal to their right-wing base. The strategy backfired: the party failed to make any midterm gains and Newt Gingrich was overthrown as Speaker. Will a similar dynamic play out over abortion in 2022?