The GOP today isn’t a break from the past so much as a direct result of it.
Choosing a running mate used to be more about campaigning than governing. But after Richard Nixon’s ruinous relationship with Spiro Agnew, the job has changed. Introducing the executive vice presidency.
The runaway success of A Choice Not an Echo and two others helped deliver Barry Goldwater the GOP presidential nomination and showed the power of the right-wing grassroots.
Roger Ailes's success at Fox News is unique, but the project of creating a right-leaning alternative to established media stretches back to the 1940s.