The Four Republican Factions

Most analysts see the Republican presidential race in terms of a conflict between the “establishment” and “insurgents” of the Tea Party variety.  But the reality is far more complicated than that, according to  think tanker Henry Olsen, writing in the National Interest.

There are actually four factions, he says, whose electoral behavior in presidential primaries has been consistent over the past two decades.  Listed in order of their numbers, they are:  the “somewhat conservative,” “moderates or liberals,” very conservative evangelicals, very conservative secularists. [Read more…]