10/29/08

David Brooks On What Went Wrong

In a thoughtful column, David Brooks provides insight on the Republican party's peculiar dilemma:
In some sense this whole campaign was a contest to see which party could reach out from its base and occupy that centrist ground... [McCain's campaign] did not clearly point to a new direction for the party or the country... [and McCain] never escaped the straitjacket of a party that is ailing and a conservatism that is behind the times.
Win or lose come Tuesday, the fact that one of the most liberal candidates ever has managed to "reach out... and occupy that centrist ground" is particularly telling. Has the Republican party alienated its traditional base by moving so far to the right in order to solidify its Christian voting bloc? If so, how will the Republican party redefine itself?

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