RIP GOP How the new America is dooming the Republicans

Stanley B. Greenberg, 1945-

Book - 2019

"A leading pollster and adviser to America's most important political figures explains why the Republicans will crash in 2020. For decades the GOP has seen itself in an uncompromising struggle against a New America that is increasingly secular, racially diverse, and fueled by immigration. It has fought non-traditional family structures, ripped huge holes in the social safety net, tried to stop women from being independent, and pitted aging rural Evangelicals against the younger, more d...ynamic cities. Since the 2010 election put the Tea Party in control of the GOP, the party has condemned America to years of fury, polarization and broken government. The election of Donald Trump enabled the Republicans to make things even worse. All seemed lost. But the Republicans have set themselves up for a shattering defeat. In RIP GOP, Stanley Greenberg argues that the 2016 election hurried the party's imminent demise. Using amazing insights from his focus groups with real people and surprising revelations from his own polls, Greenberg shows why the GOP is losing its defining battle. He explores why the 2018 election, when the New America fought back, was no fluke. And he predicts that in 2020 the party of Lincoln will be left to the survivors, opening America up to a new era of renewal and progress"--

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New York : Thomas Dunne Books 2019.
First edition
Physical Description
328 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Main Author
Stanley B. Greenberg, 1945- (author)
  • The new America
  • The GOP counterrevolution against the new America
  • The Trump GOP battle against multiculturalism
  • The Tea Party-Trump decade
  • President Trump's GOP in battle
  • The new America strikes back
  • Is this all they have to offer working people?
  • How Did Democrats let Donald Trump win?
  • After the crash.
Review by Kirkus Book Review

If demography is destiny, then it would appear that the Republicans are in big trouble.Democratic pollster Greenberg takes up the argument he began to unfold in America Ascendant (2015): The GOP is fighting a war, mostly on the cultural front, that it cannot hope to win, its "original sin" being the much-in-the-news war on women's rights to control their own bodies. This culture war is being waged by a bloc of evangelical states that are ever less important in the electoral mix, in large part because millennials, who tend to be socially liberal, are moving to the big cities, depopulating the countryside, and turning that culture war into an urban-vs.-rural battleground that the moribund white majority will eventually lose. Try as it might, the Trump administration cannot change the fact that the foreign-born populations of the U.S. is growing, with 12 million foreign-born migrants swelling the population of the nation's cities and suburbs. Given that "every religious denomination is coping with drops in the number of those who are religiously observant," and given that younger people generally support gay marriage and multiculturalism, it's the GOP's world to lose. That said, as Greenberg notes, there's still the business of messaging: The Democrats, he argues, have to change their notion that government can be a ladder to lift the poor and instead hammer on the more robust point that American workers need a level playing field. "Working people are no fools," writes the author, and they're now seeing the effects on their paychecks and lives of tariffs, cuts in health care and social services, and the like. Winning the blue-collar white vote won't be the easiest thing, Greenberg allows, but Trump lost significant numbers of those voters between 2016 and 2018and 2020 is coming up fast.Prognostication is always a risky business, but Greenberg makes a good case for a near-term future in which tea partiers and Trumpies will be largely irrelevant. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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