THE NEW REPUBLICAN PARTY
Some elections can mark a "realigning" of national politics. The 2006 midterm elections may mean the dominant conservative coalition is breaking up in advance of such a realigning election. Presidential elections that forged a new political order:
1800: Thomas Jefferson's Democratic-Republican Party replaced the once-dominant Federalists; in power until 1824.
1828: Andrew Jackson's Democrats installed frontier populism in power.
1860: Abraham Lincoln's Republicans replaced Whigs who had splintered in the 1850s.
1896: William McKinley's Republicans united industrialists, resulting in progressive reform.
1932: Franklin D. Roosevelt's Democrats united many groups, at the height of the Depression, behind New Deal big-government policies.
1968: Richard Nixon's Republicans and Southern populists broke New Deal coalition.
1980: Ronald Reagan forged a broader conservative coalition that dominated politics until the 2006 midterm elections.
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