The following is an excerpt from Daniel W. Drezner | April 19, 2016 | TheWashingtonpost.com |
Tevi Troy is a really smart guy who has written really smart things about the evolution of the Ideas Industry in Washington: See his excellent National Affairs essay on the evolution of the think tank. Troy’s latest, for Politico, looks at the trial separation between the 2016 Republican presidential candidates and GOP policy intellectuals:
It’s easy to lay the blame at Donald Trump’s feet (after all, it’s hard to imagine another Republican candidate of the last four decades rejecting National Review so cavalierly), but this year’s split between intellectuals and the rank-and-file GOP goes beyond the front-runner. In fact, neither of Trump’s remaining rivals, Ted Cruz nor John Kasich, is particularly cozy with the conservative intelligentsia. (Think tankers tended to coalesce behind Scott Walker, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, who are long since out of the race.) What’s really going on is that the ideas that the conservative intellectual community has been peddling for decades have failed to appeal to an angry blue-collar voter base. What worked in Reagan’s era just doesn’t work anymore, and Trump is simply exploiting the divide.
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