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Dark Winter of a Grand Old Party

As Nixon's victory in 1968 and Reagan's in 1980 showed, a party comeback requires, first, the perceived failure of the opposition on issues of major concern to the great majority. A second and indispensable element of a party comeback is party unity, which Nixon and Reagan both produced, as Eisenhower had before them. The questions of the hour are these: Will the GOP be united against an incumbent party that is moving visibly leftward and dragging the country with it — and what will Donald Trump do?

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