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David Brooks: Trump will spur political realignment in U.S.

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N.Y. Times columnist David Brooks, "The End of The Two-Party System": "[T]he style of politics that Trump’s scarcity mind-set demands has been a disaster for conservative governance. He insists on perpetual warfare."

Why it matters: "All of this would be survivable if the mentality was going away in a few years. But it is not going away. The underlying conditions ... are only going to get worse. ... Trump will be succeeded by some other warrior."

  • "Eventually, those who cherish the democratic way of life will realize they have to make a much more radical break than any they ever imagined."
  • "When this realization dawns the realignment begins."
  • "Even with all the structural barriers, we could end up with a European-style multiparty system."
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