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Delusional David Brooks believes GOP will rally behind sane candidate after "Trump-Cruz civil war" at convention

This is a classic case of "wish-casting" -- there's no chance the GOP actually regains its sanity this cycle


Scott Eric Kaufman
April 8, 2016 5:47PM (UTC)

In his Friday New York Times column, David Brooks wish-casted for a sane Republican convention in Cleveland this summer, arguing that it's possible to create a "Lincoln caucus" that could take over the convention and bring order to the party.

"The first thing the Lincoln Caucus would do is plant a flag for a different style of Republicanism," he wrote. "Members of the caucus would remind the country that there still are Republicans who believe in prudent globalism, reform conservative ideas to lift up the working class."

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There are still "Republicans who believe in certain standards of polite behavior in public and pragmatic compromise," he insisted. The idea is that

[t]his process would bring the Trump and Cruz campaigns back toward the Republican mainstream. It would create a road toward party unity after one deal or another was reached. It might go some way toward heading off a general election debacle...

Read the rest at the New York Times...


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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