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Why the right went wrong: Conservatism from Goldwater to the Tea Party and beyond

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Why the right went wrong: Conservatism from Goldwater to the Tea Party and beyond

wrongHow did conservatism become so radicalized? In his new book, ” Why the Right Went Wrong: Conservatism – From Goldwater to the Tea Party and Beyond” (Simon & Schuster, 2016), Governance Studies Senior Fellow E.J. Dionne, Jr. posits that the condition of today’s conservatism is the product of a long march that began with a wrong turn when the Republican party adopted Barry Goldwater’s worldview during the 1964 campaign. Dionne’s in-depth analysis illustrates how the Republican Party’s transformation from the Goldwater 1960s to the present day Tea Party has resulted in broken promises and an ideological purity that drives away moderates.

On February 16, Governance Studies at Brookings hosted a discussion between Dionne and The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol to explore the Republican shift toward a more radical brand of conservatism, and whether and how a moderate Republican Party might be revived.

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Why the right went wrong: Conservatism from Goldwater to the Tea Party and beyond

On February 16, Governance Studies hosted a discussion between Dionne and The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol to explore the Republican shift toward a more radical brand of conservatism, and whether and how a moderate Republican Party might be revived.

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