The fight over who the 2016 GOP presidential nominee should be is an expression of which ideological movement has the dominant position in the party. And it’s a contest between many different philosophies across economics, social issues, and foreign policy. “The Right” is not a monolith where everyone agrees — it’s a loose, squabbling coalition that changes and evolves from decade to decade as the threats facing America change and evolve.
Here’s an exchange I had in the comments for my piece earlier this week asking “Which of These 23 Reader-Submitted 2016 GOP Ticket Suggestions Is The Best? (The First 9 Are My Favorites)”:
Bronx Zionist, in answer to Mpower69:
(For those new to the ideological discussion: here are my previous Tatler posts laying out the basics for why I so loudly oppose the “Rothbardian” wing of the Libertarian-Right and its political leaders Ron and Rand Paul.)
What do you think? Which “side” are you on? Ron Paul Libertarian-Anarchist or Ronald Reagan Libertarian-Conservative or Jeb Bush Fox News Corporatist?
Neoconservative, non-interventionist dove, Kissinger-style “realist,” Counter-Jihad defense hawk? Which other important ideologies are fighting not just for the presidency but for the future of the party?