Republicans and the politics of No

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My new column for the FT argues that the Republicans' political recovery is undeserved, and in the long run may even hurt them, because it is rewarding them for having nothing useful to say.

The Republicans' main achievement has been to contain their own internal conflicts. The trouble is, they have done this entirely by uniting against their self-wounding opponents rather than by forging an alternative program.

The problems that the Democrats are trying to address - the struggling economy, the approaching fiscal breakdown, the broken health care system, the transition to clean energy - are not imaginary. They require solutions. The Republicans have none, and as soon as they try to get some their unity will collapse. 
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Clive Crook is a senior editor of The Atlantic and a columnist for Bloomberg View. He was the Washington columnist for the Financial Times, and before that worked at The Economist for more than 20 years, including 11 years as deputy editor. Crook writes about the intersection of politics and economics. More

Crook writes about the intersection of politics and economics.

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