Rebranding Republicans

by John Sides on December 2, 2012 · 3 comments

in Campaigns and elections

My first post in the new “Polisci Perspective” series at Wonkblog is here.   A tidbit:

…a Republican Party that wants to become, as Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam advocate, a party for the working class, faces significant challenges.  Party images do not change quickly or easily.  They reflect the accretion of political agendas and actions—big and small, symbolic and substantive.

The thrust of the post is not so much about Republicans as about the durability of party images.  More at the link.

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CarmanK December 3, 2012 at 1:48 am

The Republican Party cannot remake itself over to being the party of workers and democracy. It has sold out to special interests and become the champion of the SCOTUS creation Corp personhood. They are seriously invested in casting Corp rights as superior to the human ones. ADAM SMITH believed that capitalism, was the hope of the future of FAIR TRADE. He also believed that LABOUR is the greatest asset of a country and its greatest security. The GOP has thrown that idea away, by working against labor rights. It is on the wrong track for future of democracy and the $$ interests are not going to just give up. It has 30 years invested in this overall dump on democracy and will not give up.

doncastro December 3, 2012 at 9:20 am

The Republican Party does not want to be the party for the working class. They are the party of the Oligarchs. Period. They want to con the gullible public into believing they are the party for minorities, women, the middle class, and the working class. Given their economic power and propaganda prowess they may actually suceed.

jsh1120 December 3, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Perhaps the GOP should stop taking its cues from 19th century liberalism with its reliance on laissez faire capitalism and pay some attention to 19th century conservatism with its recognition of the need for a more inclusive social contract that includes the safety net that the current GOP is determined to shred.

Or perhaps they should take a lesson from the history of the Democrats from 1896 to 1932. A party that relies primarily on white southern voters to win national elections doesn’t win many.

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