The Rebirth of the Republican Middle

Conservatives get the most attention as the GOP revives. But moderates in the Republican Party are rising too

Jeff Zelevansky / Reuters

Chris Christie, New Jersey Governor-elect.

Are conservatives leading the Republican Party off a cliff? That's what a lot of people concluded after conservatives forced the official Republican candidate out of a congressional race in upstate New York for being too liberal. That candidate, Dede Scozzafava, promptly endorsed the Democrat running for the seat — who then won an area that had been sending Republicans to Congress since 1872. Even some Republicans are complaining that a party purged of moderates would be unable to win elections outside the South. The party would be left with a hard-core conservative base, and nothing else.

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