Are Democrats Concern-Trolling the Republican Party?
Fortunately for Republicans, they don’t have to listen to Democrats. There are plenty of voices within the party who earnestly want it to win more elections and have ideas for taking it in a new direction. Too often, though, would-be reformers who call themselves Republicans are also accused internally of not having the party’s best interests at heart — of hating conservatives and merely wanting to cozy up to liberal coastal elites, for example. It’s that kind of purifying, disqualifying impulse — the idea that anyone who isn’t a rigid ideologue is a “Republican In Name Only” — that’s served to progressively narrow the GOP coalition in recent years, turning the onetime big tent into an ever-smaller bunker. So fine, don’t take political advice from David Axelrod. But maybe Republicans should pay a little more heed to people like David Frum.