The GOP is no longer an independence party

Ron Bronstein: “For decades, Republicans have marketed themselves as a party of independence. In the 1990s and early 2000s, conservative activists dubbed the GOP description, created by anti-tax activist Grover Norquist, a “leave us alone” coalition because it contained voters whose stated aspiration was to survive without government intervention. . At the height of the coronavirus epidemic, Republican governors in Florida, led by Ron Desantis, were overwhelmed by the overwhelming opposition to business and school closures, as well as the need for masks or vaccines, often ignoring the democratic-driven local governments that tried to impose them. “

But the systematic drive by GOP state officials and Republican-appointed Supreme Court judges to restore seemingly enduring civil rights and freedoms, including the right to abortion, has given Democrats a unique openness to reverse the terms of this debate, especially in the race for state office. Central. An array of Democratic governors and governor candidates is presenting Republicans as a threat to American independence. “

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