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But don't take my word for it. This obvious reality is now backed up by scientific fact. According to the study's author, Kenneth Poole, of the University of Georgia:
"This is an entirely objective statistical procedure. The graphs just reflect what comes out of the computer. Howard Rosenthal and I, we've been working on something called Nominate. This does all the Congresses simultaneously, which allows you to study change over time.
"The short version would be since the late 1970s starting with the 1976 election in the House the Republican caucus has steadily moved to the right ever since. It's been a little more uneven in the Senate. The Senate caucuses have also moved to the right. Republicans are now furtherest to the right that they've been in 100 years.
"Ronald Reagan was so successful because he made all these deals with these huge blocks of moderate legislators. That's why he had overwhelming majorities for the '81 tax cut, the '82 tax increase, where they had to go back and adjust the tax bill in '82 and the Social Security fix in '83. then in '86, you had Simpson-Mazzoli, which included amnesty and tax simplicification. All that stuff passed with very large majorities. You cannot imagine anything like that happening now. Which is why the country is really in the tank.
|Full disclosure: this piece doesn't explain the methodology used, and it should have, but my cheeky |
graphic underscores just a few of the many areas where the right has continued to lurch rightward...
(Source: Voteview.com and NPR)
Of course, this isn't something that has swayed right wingers in the past on, say, global warming. And many of them (such as Breitbart ingenue/apprentice and CNN commentator Dana Loesch) continue to state--wrongly, of course--that their party has moved to the left. But it hasn't, of course.
I've said this before, but it bears repeating: President Ronald Reagan, the widely accepted father of the modern conservative movement, would not, today, be considered conservative enough for the current republican party. And data now support that claim.
One doesn't need a research study to tell what you what this means: if the man who helped establish and define modern conservatism in the 1980s would not be considered conservative enough today, logic dictates that the republican party has gone extremely far to the right. It's basic, if disturbing, critical reasoning.