Geoffrey Kabaservice

Was the Spiritual Father of the GOP Actually a Democrat?
September 14, 2014

A new history of Lincoln's Republican Party may find favor with liberals, but seems to leave out many details.  

Uncomfortable Allies
February 18, 2013

Was the second half of the twentieth century the "Age of Eisenhower and Nixon"?

Archie Bunker's America: The GOP Takeover of Family Values
December 20, 2012

In Robert O Self's view, the 1970s culture war was central to the decade's political struggles.

The Hypocrite: Strom Thurmond’s Lasting Legacy
September 18, 2012

As Joseph Crespino’s new biography makes clear, Thurmond lacked the integrity even of his own publicly proclaimed racism.

The Syndicate
August 27, 2012

Like most books about the movement the biography is generally uncritical of its subject and skirts episodes that might discredit the cause.

Paul Ryan’s V.P. Nomination Kills Off Moderate Republicanism For Good
August 12, 2012

On the surface, Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate is both daring and smart. It’s daring, obviously, because Ryan’s budgetary vision of a drastically reduced federal government presents such an existential threat to liberalism that it may unite Democrats in a death-or-glory stand behind President Obama. But it’s smart because Ryan has been one of the only Republicans since Ronald Reagan capable of inspiring the right while reassuring moderates.

Who Ever Said Dick Lugar Was a Moderate?
May 10, 2012

In 2010, John Danforth, a former Republican Senator from Missouri, was asked about the possibility of a GOP primary challenge to Indiana Senator Richard Lugar. Danforth pointed out that Lugar was a six-term Senator, one of the Senate’s most respected members, and its leading authority on foreign policy. He warned that “If Dick Lugar … is seriously challenged by anybody in the Republican Party, we have gone so far overboard that we are beyond redemption.” Many commentators will draw precisely that message from Lugar’s defeat Tuesday night by his Tea Party-aligned challenger Richard Mourdock.

How Democrats Are Complicit in the Republican War Against Women
April 09, 2012

The Republican Party’s alleged “war” against women is fast emerging as a major trope of the 2012 elections. And the charge is largely true: As the GOP has become increasingly conservative, so too has it become increasingly hostile to feminism and insensitive to women’s issues. But Democrats have not merely been horrified bystanders wringing their hands as this “war” has unfolded. The Democratic Party has actively encouraged the GOP’s descent into antifeminism.

What William F. Buckley Would Think of Today’s GOP
April 02, 2012

A significant milestone in the history of American conservatism passed largely unnoticed last month: the fiftieth anniversary of William F. Buckley Jr.’s editorial attack on Robert Welch, the head of the John Birch Society. Buckley’s successful effort to read the conspiracy-minded anti-Communist organization out of the conservative movement deserves to be remembered by the Republican Party. Indeed, the fact that today’s GOP has paid the anniversary little heed is a telling indictment of a party gone seriously astray.