An insurgent outlier

Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein, congressional scholars, get to the heart of the current problem in US politics: The Republican Party has become “insurgent outlier”.

And for graphical evidence of the phenomenon, you can do no better than Keith Poole’s Vote View.

2 thoughts on “An insurgent outlier

  1. I’ve been wondering whether the Republicans can now be best classified as an anti-system party.

    I will throw out a theory that historically the Republicans have been the more populist of the two parties, or at least less able to manage their rank and file than the Democrats. Recently Republican primary voters seem much more likely to deselect their incumbent politicians. And recently we’ve seen what seems to be a worrying rise in the ignorance of the average voter about public affairs, combined with an increase in hostility to the government.

    • I do not think that it is a stretch to call the Republicans “anti-system” given several steps they have taken in the past 12 or more years to undermine established institutional norms. And this is what worries me. It is one thing to have a third or fourth party that is anti-system, but quite another thing when such a party is one of the two largest in a system riddled with minority vetoes, and when it could at any given election wind up with a majority of its own over one or more of these institutions.

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