by Dr. Ed Berry
Everyone knows the Republican Party is fractured. Some people propose to glue the Party back together, as if it were a broken Humpty Dumpty. But before you can solve a problem, you must understand the problem. Very few people understand the problem. And that’s the problem.
Until you understand why the Republican Party is fractured, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men, can’t put Humpty Dumpty together again.
Henry Olsen‘s “The Four Faces of the Republican Party” helps us understand the problem. According to Olsen, Republicans fall into “four rough camps,” with approximate composition shown in parentheses:
Somewhat Conservatives (40%) are not vocal but always back the winner. They like cautious conservatives and don’t like radicals.
Moderates to Liberals (30%) prefer secular, less fiscally-concerned conservatives. They oppose overtly religious candidates. If their candidate is weak, they will back the Somewhat Conservatives candidate.
Very Conservative but Seculars (10%) like urbane, fiscally oriented men. When their candidate loses ground they will back the Somewhat Conservatives candidate. (For fair disclosure, I fit best in this camp.)
Very Conservative Evangelicals (20%) prefer candidates “who are very open about their religious beliefs, place a high priority on social issues such as gay marriage and abortion, and see the United States in decline because of its movement away from the faith and moral codes of its past.”
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