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Crisis of Conservatism?The Republican Party, the Conservative Movement, and American Politics After Bush$
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Joel D. Aberbach and Gillian Peele

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199764013

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764013.001.0001

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The Future of the Republican Party

The Future of the Republican Party

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(p.68) 4 The Future of the Republican Party
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Crisis of Conservatism?
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A. James Reichley

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764013.003.0004

After the 2008 election Republicans were sunk in remorse and fear that their party had “lost its way” and might be relegated to minority status for years to come, while liberal commentators and politicians hailed a historic realignment ushering in a new center-left majority. In less than a year, however, much of the public had turned against the Democratic administration and Congress on major national issues, and polls found conservatives increasing their lead over liberals within the electorate to two-to-one. But only twenty percent of voters identified themselves as Republicans. Some Republican strategists argue that the party should be more consistently conservative to provide a clear alternative to Democratic liberalism. Others maintain that it should offer a more positive program and image to attract independent voters. The truth is that it probably needs to do both.

Keywords:   realignment, party organization, campaign finance, ideology, positive conservatism, foreign policy, Hispanics, African-Americans, religious groups, generational groups, suburbs, economic policy

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