The executive Washington editor of The Wall Street Journal chronicles the 40-year rise and decline of the conservative movement in America, sharing insights into the roles of such contributors as the Federalist Society, the NRA and Fox News.
... well-written if familiar ... Seib’s history echoes the outlook of the #NeverTrump movement. If the origins of conservatism were relatively pristine, then there can be a version of Republicanism that doesn’t tolerate a president tweeting out videos of a supporter yelling 'white power!' at protesters ... But Seib plays down what was there all along. The decision to stir a white backlash dates back at least to Richard Nixon’s 1968 'law and order' campaign. The role of reactionary populism, including nativism and anti-Semitism, was always relevant, even if past politicians used dog whistles instead of bullhorns.