Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Every significant rightward shift ... has followed from an insurrectionary assault on the Republican establishment!

From weeklystandard.com

"Every significant rightward shift in modern American politics has followed from an insurrectionary assault on the Republican establishment.

imageRonald Reagan's 1976 primary challenge, animated by his rejection of the policy of d├ętente, laid the groundwork for his triumph in 1980 and for his greatest achievement as president—American victory in the Cold War.

Jack Kemp's challenge in the late 1970s to Republican economic orthodoxy became the other pillar of Reagan's 1980 presidential campaign and the source of his greatest domestic accomplishment—cutting tax rates and restoring the nation's economic health.

And Newt Gingrich's rebellion against the budget deal of 1990 made it possible for Gingrich, after George Bush's defeat in 1992, to lead the GOP back to a Reaganite vision that inspired the watershed victory of 1994."

—William Kristol, "Time for an Insurrection," from our March 10, 1997, issue.

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