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The Republican Party is sick, so sick it can’t breathe, and its lack of oxygen has given it severe muscle fatigue. There’s a chance that what ails the GOP is terminal, but to give ourselves a chance at recovery, we’ve got to move—physically.
The party’s national committees, think-tank brains, campaign strategists, and government functionaries all live in the fever swamps of Washington that firmly anchor the snotty southern end of the Acela Corridor. The GOP’s elected and unelected leaders all want to heal the party, but no amount of voodoo will cure this disease. It’s time to move our whole wheezing family to fresher air before we all choke to death.
People - Profession - Operatives - Environs - Neighbors
Like people in every other profession, political operatives are affected by environs and socialized by neighbors. After a decade of political sorting, the neighbors in the greater Washington area no longer bear any statistical resemblance to the voters in the winning coalition that our Republican candidates can—and do—assemble in the populist-conservative America that exists in the mass of the nation far from the upscale enclaves strung together on the east and west coasts.
In the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton blistered Donald Trump in every jurisdiction in metropolitan Washington. He got just 4 percent of the vote in the District of Columbia, even worse than his nine-point performance in left-wing San Francisco.
DC - Suburbs - Trump - Digits - Prince
In DC’s suburbs, Trump couldn’t crack double digits in Prince George’s, home to Air Force One. He was under 20 percent in Arlington, home to the Pentagon and Bethesda, home of the National Institutes of Health. In the region’s largest suburban enclave, Fairfax County, Virginia, Trump managed just 29 percent, 10 points worse than Mitt Romney and 20 points less than George W. Bush had earned. The fever’s getting worse.
You’d have to drive 35 miles from the Republican National Committee’s headquarters on...
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