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Republican Party



  • Is the Right Wing Fringe Moving Beyond Trump?

    by Thomas Lecaque

    "The most difficult part of riding a tiger, as the saying goes, is dismounting—and Donald Trump is riding a tiger of conspiracy-theorizing, apocalypse-chasing, murderous wackos."



  • Orban and Putin Don't do Debates Either

    by Ruth Ben-Ghiat

    The news that the Republican National Committee will boycott the Commission on Presidential Debates echoes the actions of authoritarians who reject the principle of political toleration and the very legitimacy of the opposition. 



  • Ultras: The Rise of America's Far Right (Review)

    by Kim Phillips-Fein

    Kim Phillips-Fein reviews John Huntington's "Far-Right Vanguard," calling his history of the far right a needed reminder of the porousness of boundaries between the right-wing fringe and mainstream conservatism in the 20th century. 



  • The Shock Troops of the Next Big Lie

    by Katherine Stewart

    A historian of the religious right argues that the movement has recently integrated the Trumpist myth of stolen elections into its political mobilization of evangelical pastors. 



  • Why Didn't January 6 Force Moderation on the Republicans?

    "So there was a moment after January 6, where it seemed like the right was ready to disown Trump. They were ready to disown everybody who was involved in January 6. And for all kinds of reasons that was a very brief window that didn’t last."



  • The US Keeps Failing the January 6 Test

    by Nicole Hemmer

    Between Republican obfuscation and Democratic indifference, "it is fair to say that American democracy is in a far more tenuous position today than it was during the January 6 insurrection."



  • The Right's 1877 Project

    Helen Andrews's recent "American Conservative" column revives the myths that Reconstruction was a "tragic era" and that Black disenfranchisement was a force for progress, troubling indicators of the current right's views of democracy. 



  • When the Voter Fraud Myth Comes for You

    Sustaining the "big lie" that Trump was robbed of re-election requires small lies, including investigating and prosecuting individuals to sustain the myth of widespread cheating. This explains Texas's prosecution of Crystal Mason for casting a provisional ballot that was never even counted. 



  • David Brooks: My Conservatism is Dead

    Is today's conspiratorial and ethnonationalist conservatism a break from the Burkean roots of the movement and its highest ideals? David Brooks says it is. What happens next? 



  • Bob Dole: RIP to an Organization Man and Veteran

    by Matthew Cooper

    A veteran political reporter acknowledges that the late Senator and presidential candidate could be a tough partisan, but was devoted to fighting within the rules of procedure. 



  • Bouie: Language is Not the Democrats' Problem

    Historian Gerardo Cadava's research on Hispanic Republicans suggests that there is an enduring affinity for the conservative themes of work and initiative among Latino voters; addressing the desire for upward mobility in concrete ways, not tweaking their language, is the most urgent task facing Democrats. 



  • My Father Harry Jaffa and the Birth of Modern Conservatism

    by Philip Jaffa

    Political scientist Harry Jaffa succeeded in cajoling the disparate elements of the right into a coalition dedicated to the pared-down goals of defeating Soviet communism and domestic socialism; after claiming victory in those battles, the coaltion has faltered.