Republicans can and should be both. If Republicans choose to be the party of high-earner self-interest, Democrats will end up making policy in the long-term.
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You mean they didn’t make that choice long ago.
That’s not to say it’s easy or “automatic” to be both. Statesmanship is the ticket. But where is it?
The funny thing is that the Democrat Party was always supposed to be the party of the “working class” or “little guy” in contrast to the snobby Northeast moneyed GOP but since the 1990s the Dems are nothing but the party of ultra-rich urban liberals. Their old voting base has mostly moved to the GOP, but the stereotypes of the two parties has remained locked in place (of course, the old stereotype of the GOP establishment, at least, is still 100% accurate). Partly I guess this is because the DC establishment of both parties is controlled by idiots who have been there for decades.
“That’s not to say it’s easy or “automatic” to be both. Statesmanship is the ticket. But where is it?”
True, but there is plenty of policy room (and policy proposals) to move in both those directions at the same time. My guess why they don’t is that Republican Washington elites are divided between those who think that policy is just about as high-earner-oriented as it should be and those who think that policy is not nearly high-earner-friendly enough and way, way, too favorable to the lower middle-class. As Reihan Salam points out today (hope to have some thoughts over the weekend), this divide among Republican Washington elites does not track divisions between self-identified Republicans as a whole.
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