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The GOP has turned its back on Reagan and Lincoln


To borrow the name of one of the better movies of the ’90s, the Republican Party needs a few good men (and women) who can tell the truth about today’s GOP. But for many rank-and-file Republicans, engaging with reality may be very difficult. As the tough-as-nails Marine colonel (played to perfection by Jack Nicholson) bellowed: “You can’t handle the truth!”

Indeed, the Republican Party is now so badly out of touch with the majority of voters, and so far to the right with most of its policies, that it can no longer be considered the party of Lincoln, Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan, and the first George Bush. In some respects, it has even moved beyond George W. In doing so, it has shunned its rich past and dismissed the legacies of its greatest heroes. All of those Republican presidents did things, reasonable things, that would render them toxic and unelectable with today’s unreasonable, untethered-from-reality brand of Republicans. [The Week]


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