I'M One of You

Racing South, both parties search for their post-Reagan souls

In the lame-duck days of the Roman Empire, barbarian tribes frequently jostled one another as they trundled across the Eurasian landmass. Sometimes the stronger would displace the weaker, sometimes they would wage war among themselves, and occasionally there was a process of cooperation and mutual assimilation. And so it has been with the various factions that seek to control the turf of America's political parties. New tribes wander in and displace older ones, struggling every now and then to capture the soul of their party. Only rarely does a leader come along who can smother factional rivalries and give definition to...

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