History review: Things not much different for GOP, even with Trumps
September 9, 2020
By Rich Lowry
Donald Trump took over the Republican Party, but it’s still discernibly the Republican Party.
The Republican National Convention was obviously very Trumpy. At least one member of the family had a slot every night, and it featured theatrical touches worthy of reality TV.
There also are notable differences of substance. Trump’s party has reversed itself on trade and jettisoned concern over deficit spending.
The party is much less hawkish than George W. Bush’s GOP and much more skeptical of immigration than Ronald Reagan’s. It doesn’t have the focus of the 2004 Republ...