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The Coming Realignment

October 9, 2016

In his 2007 study titled “Leviathan on the Right. How Big-Government Conservatism Brought Down the Republican Revolution,” Michael Tanner builds a damning case against the Administration of George W. Bush.

The destruction of limited government conservatism began when Ronald Reagan was persuaded to choose George H. W. Bush as his Vice President instead of Paul Laxalt, Governor of Nevada. That gave the internationalist wing of the GOP a grasp on the future of the Republican Party.

Though the elder Bush had excellent Republican credentials, few noticed that the only election he had won was a Congressional seat from Harris County, Texas. Bush was defeated twice, in 1964 and 1970, when he ran for the U.S. Senate from Texas. The reason. Texans knew that he was an import from New England and his father, Prescott Bush, was a liberal Republican Senator from Connecticut.

That long history of liberal Republicanism from 1964 through the end of the Administration of Bush 43 in 2009 shaped American politics from the Banking crisis of 2008 to today. Despite appeals by the most prominent Republican politicians, Donald Trump won the GOP nomination. In doing so, he broke off the GOP from the Internationalist, big government, wing of the Republican Party.

Representatives of that faction are now attempting to shape the future of the GOP by walking away from the Party’s candidate.

Here are the names, according to the Washington Post, of those who started to move away from Party loyalty into an unknown future where Democrats can be expected to dominate national politics until they trip up badly or involve the U.S. in a shooting war.

Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah); Reps. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), Joe Heck (R-Nev.), Mia Love (R-Utah), Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada, Gov. Gary Herbert of Utah, Carly Fiorina, William J. Bennett and Hugh Hewitt.

These luminaries make up one faction in a coming four Party realignment. Let’s keep track of these developments since the outcome of this realignment will determine the shape of American politics for the next one hundred years.

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