The GOP, as Kabaservice notes, has not always been a bastion of reflexive hostility to elites or to government. Quite the contrary. It was none other than George Romneyâ€”governor of Michigan, father of Mittâ€”who in 1968 campaigned for the Republican presidential nomination by embarking on a 10,000-mile tour of poverty across America, insisting that it was essential to â€œlisten to the voices from the ghetto.â€ Can anyone imagine his son, who insists that â€œcorporations are people,â€ uttering a remotely similar statement?
That’s a quote from an engaging book review by Jacob Heilbrunn. The book, which sounds fascinating and I am going to buy (not from Amazon) is Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, from Eisenhower to the Tea Party by Geoffrey Kabaservice.