Republicans: Abandon the Cities?

Despite Richard Nixon's victory in November and his robust showing in opinion samplings since then, the Republicans remain the minority party. The latest measurement was a recent Gallup poll showing that 42% of the public considers itself Democratic, 29% Republican, and the balance independent. But many Republicans think that the G.O.P. now has the opportunity to capitalize on developing new alignments. Strategists differ on just how to turn the trick. One approach—which might be called the politics of retreat—is outlined in fascinating detail in a book published last week titled The Emerging Republican Majority.

The author is Kevin P. Phillips,...

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