Presidential Primaries, Anxiety in the Face of Change and Reconstruction

Nancy LeTourneau has a fascinating piece at Washington Monthly.  The whole thing is worth a read, but the passage that jumped out at me was this:

In other words, the forces of change are upon us and that is creating a tremendous backlash in the Republican Party. I think that pretty well summarizes the situation. While “establishment candidates” like Jeb Bush want to talk about things like taxes and foreign policy, the issues Brownstein highlights are the ones that are animating Republican voters right now.

But it’s interesting to note that, while the Republican anti-establishment movement is focused on race, ethnicity and cultural changes, the anti-establishment challenge in the Democratic presidential primary is coming from Bernie Sanders – whose message is all about growing income inequality, i.e., class. To be honest, I’m not quite sure what to make of that disconnect.

She goes on to note that there is a historical precedent for what we’re experiencing.  The whole thing is worth a read.

  1. #1 by Richard Warnick on September 15, 2015 - 1:36 pm

    To say there is a Tea-GOP backlash against change is an understatement. 70 percent of them are still in denial about global warming (polls indicate Dems are opposite, with 71 percent accepting climate science).

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