David Brooks’ column today resurrected the dated term “Rockefeller Republicans” to describe moderate Republicans of roughly 40 years ago, often from Northeastern states, who thought that Keynesian economics and environmental stewardship, for example, were not atheistic plots.
Which prompted me to think — we need a term for certain Republican politicians of THIS era from Northeastern states who overuse the terms “moderate” and “independent” to conjure the ghost of the Rockefeller Republicans, all the while embracing policies those ghosts would have deplored. And when they’re called on it, they get dug in and a little testy.
How about “Clark Rockefeller Republicans?”
(Cross-posted at BlueMassGroup.)