George Packer has an interesting analysis of the implosion of the GOP in this week’s New Yorker, which finally landed in my mailbox yesterday. It’s rather long but well worth reading in full. He begins in 1966, when Patrick Buchanan went to work for Nixon, and follows the rise of conservatism from that point to the present. Some of this should sound very familiar, even to those of us who weren’t old enough to follow politics back then:
In order to seize the Presidency in 1968, Nixon had to live down his history of nasty politicking, and he ran that year as a uniter. But his Administration adopted an undercover strategy for building a Republican majority, working to create the impression that there were two Americas: the quiet, ordinary, patriotic, religious, law-abiding Many, and the noisy, élitist, amoral, disorderly, condescending Few.