ELEPHANTS RUN AMUCK

AFTER KILLING BIG GOVERNMENT, THE G.O.P. SUDDENLY RISKS STAMPEDING ITSELF TO DEATH

THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS LOST ITS MIND. TO win elections, a party needs votes, obviously, and constituencies. First, however, it needs ideas. In 1994-95, the Republican Party had after long struggle advanced a coherent, compelling set of political ideas expressed in a specific legislative agenda. The political story of 1996 is that this same party, within the space of six weeks, then became totally, shockingly intellectually deranged.

Think back. The singular achievement of the '94 Gingrich revolution was that it swept into power united behind one comprehensive ideological goal: dismantling the welfare state. Just about everything in the Contract with America...

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