Election 2016

The Republicans' Three-Way Rift

Who Trump, Cruz, and Rubio represent

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Daniel McCarthy has a pithy summary of the state of the Republican race:

THREE FACTIONS. THREE STARS. THINK ABOUT IT, MAN.

The GOP is split not two ways, but three: between populists who mix right-wing and moderate positions, in defiance both of political correctness and conservative orthodoxy; and conservative activists who want a reliable ideologue—Cruz—regardless of his lack of charm; and finally a narrow elite of suburban Republicans, high-dollar donors and conservative verbalists who pride themselves on their own sophistication. Trump is the candidate of the populists, Cruz that of the conservative activists, and Rubio that of an embarrassed elite that wishes to be both right-wing and progressive at the same time.