GOP working-class agenda

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If the GOP is becoming more working-class, in terms of its coalition’s demographic composition, there are few signs that it is becoming a party “for the working class,” in the sense of governing in the interests of workers as workers. By the same token, while the Democratic Party is becoming more affluent demographically, its economic policies have grown steadily more progressive over the past decade.

Culture war

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That sense of so much being on the line, of an entire way of life being under threat, means that partisan identification becomes an irresistibly powerful lure for voters. No amount of Democratic policy moderation on narrow issues of religious liberty is going to overcome this amount of deep partisan polarization. Dougherty is preoccupied by the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor, a small Catholic charity that sought exemption from Obamacare’s birth control mandate. But I’ll guarantee you that case is a lot less important to Trump’s evangelical voter base than the Wall.

The future of the republican party

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“There are a lot of institutions, a lot of think tanks, a lot of organizations, that earn a lot of money by pushing economic policies that are in the interest of big Republican donors … the interests of the donors are just not aligned with the interests of the working- and middle-class grassroots voters, and eventually one those two interests has to win out.