United States presidential election, 2008: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream


In The New York Times Sunday Book Review, Norman J. Ornstein reviews the new political bestseller written by two editors of The Atlantic Monthly, Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam: GRAND NEW PARTY How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream.

Ornstein argues that a conservatism of reflexive tax cuts and sink-or-swim economics will never resonate with the huge core of working class voters.

“The core thesis of their book Grand New Party is that the working class in America – the non-college-educated half of the electorate – continues to ping-pong between the parties and is there for the taking by any group that can seriously and directly address its concerns. The authors note: ‘Since 1968, these voters have provided the ‘silent majority’ that elected Nixon, the ‘Reagan Democrats’ who gave the Gipper his landslides and the ‘angry white men’ who put the Gingrich G.O.P. over the top in 1994. . . . Yet after each Republican triumph, this working-class constituency . . . has become disillusioned with conservative governance and returned to the Democratic column.” 

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