The GOP Must Be the Big-Tent Party

My latest blog for The National Interest argues that diversity within America’s political parties – and even boisterous infighting between the leaders of party factions – shouldn’t be seen as a bad thing.  This seems to me to be particularly true when looking at the emerging field of contenders for the Republican Party’s nomination.  Read the post here.

The United States’ political parties have always been amalgams of factions rather than vehicles for any single interest. Partly because of the pressures of the electoral system and partly because of the republic’s vastness, forging either of the two major parties into a political monolith has been impossible; the need to cater to a wide base of Americans tends to keep the parties broad and relatively inclusive.

This embedded pluralism of the U.S. party system has diminished somewhat in the current era of polarization but it has not evaporated entirely…