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Tea Party insistence on ideological purity is shrinking the Republican Party
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By Pat Cunningham
Oct. 28, 2013 5:15 p.m.

HERE‘s the core argument in Steve Coll’s broader essay in the current issue of The New Yorker on the dilemma facing the Republican Party:

The Tea Party’s anti-intellectualism reflects a longer, deeper decline in the Republican Party’s ability to tolerate a diversity of ideas and public-policy strategies, and to adapt to American multiculturalism. Mitt Romney’s poor showing among Latino voters in 2012 helped insure Barack Obama’s reëlection. Republican leaders, chastened and without any other obvious way to increase their vote base before 2016, pledged earlier this year to revive a comprehensive immigration-reform bill. Yet party leaders, in part because ...
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