Why the GOP is only a local party now!

January 31st, 2016
<a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-L_TrEAvr2_4/Vq73MJyiq8I/AAAAAAAAG1g/W2-5i35AbDU/s1600/stronghold.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="96" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-L_TrEAvr2_4/Vq73MJyiq8I/AAAAAAAAG1g/W2-5i35AbDU/s320/stronghold.jpg" width="320" /></a>This is a political year like few others.  The traditional laws of political gravity have so far, not seemed to apply.  Part of it is due to the collection of candidates, the public mood, and the long simmering divisions within the Republican party.

It’s also a result of the changing demographics of America, congressional gerrymandering and the ways in which the idea that “all politics is local,” helps one party and not the other.

These ideas are at the heart of University of Maryland Professor Thomas Schaller's new book <b><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0300172044/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0300172044&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=jeffschechtma-20&amp;linkId=2WEY2ZKPG5NNFN46" rel="nofollow">The Stronghold: How Republicans Captured Congress but Surrendered the White House</a><img alt="" border="0" src="http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=jeffschechtma-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0300172044" height="1" style="border: none !important; margin: 0px !important;" width="1" /></b>

My conversation with Thomas Schaller: