Patrick Buchanan claims we are witnessing the birth of a new Republican Party.
The one time, anti-establishment conservative GOP candidate writes at World Net Daily of the new Republican Party,
The first four Republican contests – Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada – produced record turnouts.
While the prospect of routing Hillary Clinton and recapturing the White House brought out the true believers, it was Donald Trump’s name on the ballot and his calls for economic patriotism, border security and an end to imperial wars that brought out the throngs.
The crowds that continue to come out for his appearances and the vast audiences he has attracted to GOP debates testify to his drawing power.
Since Donald Trump did not actually win the Iowa Caucus, it is hard to know if Buchanan is right to use it in his argument. Some of the surge in Republican voters may be caused by other contributing factors.
But Buchanan may be right in general. The fact that Trump picked up the endorsement of the conservative Senator Jeff Sessions is significant.
Also, when has a Republican had this effect on Democrats in such large numbers, as reported by the Boston Herald?
Nearly 20,000 Bay State Democrats have fled the party this winter, with thousands doing so to join the Republican ranks, according to the state’s top elections official.
Secretary of State William Galvin said more than 16,300 Democrats have shed their party affiliation and become independent voters since Jan. 1, while nearly 3,500 more shifted to the MassGOP ahead of tomorrow’s “Super Tuesday” presidential primary.
This may be a new Republican Party. What we don’t know is if conservatives will be able to make peace with it.