BRUIT IT ABOUT that the Republican Party is/ought to be the party of The Big Tent. They tug on the beard and scratch their wooden heads and wonder how the GOP thinks it can win without moderates and centrists. They urge this strategy on the Right — Trust us, they seem to be saying, You’ll win more elections this way.
Totally ignoring the fact that the greatest Republican triumphs have come at the moments when this advice was totally left in the ditch, when the party catered to what Peter Jennings called The Angry White Man. (As though that anger had no legitimate cause or source.)
And yet… Show me where there are moderates in the Democrats’ Big Tent. Show me the right wing of the party of Jefferson and Jackson.