The GOP is history. What about the country?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, October 13, 2016 Politics is an enduring feature of human life, but political parties are mortal. This week we watched the beginning of the end of one of the United States’ great, illustrious parties. The Republican Party, as we knew it, is dying. The death of a party is not so … Continue reading

It’s not just Trump: The GOP is not serious on the economy

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, August 11, 2016 In recent days, I have had a dream: that America has a real Republican Party, a party offering a serious right-of-center alternative to the Democrats. Such a contest of ideas would improve the public debate and offer Americans a real choice, not the cartoon campaign we have today. … Continue reading

A transformational president?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, April 7, 2016 In an interview during the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama said that Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of the United States in a way that Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton did not. Clearly, Obama aspired to be a transformational president, like Reagan. At this point, it’s fair to say … Continue reading

Where were Republican moderates 20 years ago?

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, March 3, 2016 A main cause of the rise of extremism in the world of Islam has been the cowardice of Muslim moderates, who for decades chose not to condemn bad ideas and ugly rhetoric. Fearing that they’d be seen as ideological weaklings, they’ve avoided confronting the cancer in plain sight. … Continue reading

The GOP’s double-barreled revolt

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, January 28, 2016 To understand why the current conservative crack-up so confounds the Republican establishment, you have to recognize that the party is facing two separate but simultaneous revolts: one led by Ted Cruz, the other by Donald Trump. The first is well described by E.J. Dionne Jr. in his important … Continue reading

Trump and the Republican crack-up

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, November 12, 2015 Today’s conventional wisdom is that Donald Trump’s best days are behind him and that his poll numbers will soon descend. Maybe. But Trump has come to represent something fundamental about the Republican Party: the growing gap between its leaders and its political constituency. Even if he disappears, this … Continue reading