GOP Must Reach Out to Blue-Collar, Middle-Class Minorities

In 1969, conservative analyst Kevin Phillips announced in his work, The Emerging Republican Majority, that a new coalition of voters would end New Deal Democratic hegemony and create a Republican lock on the Electoral College for years to come.

Sure enough, repulsed by the flower children rioting in the streets and their Democratic allies, southern Protestants, working-class Urban Catholics, and rural Westerns flocked to the Republican Party.

These voters turned to Richard Nixon in 1972 when he ran against “acid, amnesty, and abortion.” In 1980, they gave Ronald Reagan a decisive mandate to downsize government, cut taxes, and defeat communism.

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