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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: September 2020

Chapter 4 - When Parties Try to Fix Themselves


Mark Twain is reputed to have said that “history doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes.” Bear with me for a moment while I offer an example of a party that went through something like what Democrats went through in the wake of 2016. The example itself actually predates Twain, but its experiences bear a lot of similarities to recent political developments in the United States, and are instructive about what parties can and can’t do in response to a surprise electoral loss.

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