Can Republicans do what the Democrats of ’89 did?

Bill Clinton speaks at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Back in '89 he helped Democrats break party orthodoxy, something some say Republicans need today. (Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)


Can Republicans do what the Democrats of '89 did?

The Republicans of 2013 look a lot like the Democrats of 1989 — shut out of the presidency, beholden to a shrinking base and on the wrong side of major demographic shifts in the country.That's the argument two longtime Democratic strategists — Bill Galston and Elaine Kamarck — make in an essay entitled "The New Politics of Evasion" in the fall edition of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. For any Republican hoping to win back the White House in 2016, …

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