Republican Presidents Always Disappoint

28 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2016

Date Written: February 29, 2016


Much of the debate in Republican circles for the last several election cycles has been about how Republican presidents always disappoint in office, never stand strongly enough for conservative principles and compromise too much with Democrats. It is debatable whether a Republican president who really stood firmly for principle and refused to compromise could govern at all, let alone effectively. But there is no question that all the Republican presidents of the postwar era were far more liberal than the Republican base, especially today’s Republican base. Insofar as history is a guide, the next Republican president will also probably disappoint.

Keywords: Republican Party, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George Bush

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Bartlett, Bruce, Republican Presidents Always Disappoint (February 29, 2016). Available at SSRN: or

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