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Conservatives better suited to Congress
Conservatives better suited to Congress

The conventional wisdom is that if national Republicans continue to promote policies and politics that appeal mostly to older, white, married and religious voters in a country that is becoming younger, more diverse, less married and more secular, the party is doomed — if not now, then surely in the longer term. However, the party's recent presidential failures notwithstanding, Republicans continue to survive, even thrive, especially at the congressional level. The Congress-strong, presidency-weak Republican Party of the past two decades contrasts sharply with the major parties' electoral histories prior to the rise of Bill Clinton. Between 1952 and 1988, Republicans won...