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GOP earns 'insurgent outlier' title

GOP earns 'insurgent outlier' title

When Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein first published “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks” in the spring of 2012, they were shunned almost unanimously by a national media that had theretofore adored them. Their thesis that the Republican Party had become an extremist group representative of only a well-heeled ideological fringe — an “insurgent outlier,” to use their terminology — was a bridge too far. Virtually overnight, they lost their status as respected political analysts and were relegated to smaller niche outlets catering only to a liberal audience.

If the increasingly destructive behavior of the formerly-grand old party in the interceding six years were insufficient to exonerate...

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