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Republican vs. Republican

posted on August 31, 2012

At The New Yorker, Philip Gourevitch remembers the convention 20 years ago which nominated George H.W. Bush for reelection. Gourevitch writes, “Bush, the last of his breed to head a Presidential ticket, was a patrician product of the pre-Reaganite Republican establishment: business-friendly, foreign-policy-minded, more secular than not, anti-Communist but otherwise minimally ideological.” According to Gourevitch, this all changed with Pat Buchanan, his likeminded colleagues, and the increased focus on social issues. Gouretvitch writes, “[T]he culture war that Buchanan trumpeted is no longer an insurgent cause but a permanent condition of the Republican Party, and, increasingly, it is being fought within the Party.” 

Read at The New Yorker