By Hunter Wallace
“The speaker of the House was singing last Friday. A reporter had just prodded John Boehner, a man never shy about showing his emotions, to reveal how he really felt walking away from 24 years in Congress and the highest-ranking Republican post in government, amid the fracturing of his party. He responded with a Disney tune: “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah,” he warbled, his gaze threatening to dissolve into tears. “Zip-a-dee-ay.” …
This is one of the best articles I have read in a while. It explains a lot about the rise of the Republican Party in the Sunbelt South. I first heard about Roger Milliken when I read Pat Buchanan’s book on trade policy, The Great Betrayal, while I was in college. This article provides a lot of the backstory to Milliken’s relationship with Buchanan in the 1990s and through him the popularity of protectionism on the Alt Right.
Note: Trump’s position on taxes – a giveaway to the “eastern Republicans” – is a throwback to the Reagan era. Perhaps it could be jettisoned somewhere down the line?