As Purdum says, Republicans have become
a radical insurgency bent on upending the prevailing practices of the national government . . . For most of its history the Republican Party was something else entirely: a steward of the status quo. It was the Democrats who were historically on the barricades in the fight for radical change. But the Democrats these days have turned into the stewards—beleaguered defenders of the government and country we have evolved into. The two great national parties have. . . switched roles . . .—the Big Flip—is . . . a substantial reality and it’s substantially complete.Purdum’s attempt to characterize today’s GOP is way wide of the mark. According to Purdum, Republicans have moved so far to the right today they wouldn’t nominate either Ronald Reagan or Abraham Lincoln. It would seem that liberals—Purdum anyway—have so refashioned Reagan into a tax-raising moderate, and Lincoln into a big government hero, that they believe Republicans no longer worship the two. Wrong. Really so very wrong and so deeply removed from reality.
On today’s Democrats, Purdum says they are fighting “simply to stay in the same place.” They are “status-quo oriented, centrist protectors of government.” Right. And the reason Republicans aren’t is because our status-quo government is ruining America. We cannot afford today’s entitlement society with its annual deficits over $1 trillion, with federal government spending at 25% of GDP and rising, and with, according to House budget chair Paul Ryan, 70% of Americans getting more back from the federal government than they put in.
The two parties have flipped. Here’s what remains the same: those fighting to preserve the status quo are on history's losing side.