The Downside of Populism

One of Andrew Sullivan’s readers puts his finger on the GOP’s dilemma:

It’s why as a 27-year-old voter, the Republican party has been off the table for me since I could vote in the 2000 election. No matter how much I like or identify with any of “conservative” ideas, I refuse to stand in any tent, now matter how big, with people like Sarah Palin, Jim Broun, and Sean Hannity.

And for all of those “non-kook” conservatives out there scratching their heads about why the country polls “center-right” but voted so strongly for Obama, there is your answer, especially in my generation.

Hot rhetoric and doctrinaire ideology has never commanded majority support in American politics, or anything close to it.

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