Healthcare Infighting, Coalition Building

The past few day’s failed votes to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, or to repeal it without a replacement, have exposed differences among Republicans and conservatives which many on the left seem to be willing to ignore. Beyond the particularities of the partisan infighting and whose amendment tanked one or the other bill, the lesson to learn is that coalitions fail and can collapse, especially during a time of realignment. As Trump opened up space for the extreme right in his coalition questions remained as to how the extreme fiscal hawks, such as Paul Ryan, or the Christian conservatives, such as Ted Cruz, would fit into the future of the party.

This is especially important in the context of the rise of the extreme right. The success or failure of fascist movements has typically come down to how they have managed to insert themselves in the wider array of right wing politics in the country in question. In Spain, this meant the Falange’s leaders accepting a role as a bureaucratic, party-based front for the military conservative politics of Franco. Conversely the Nazi and Fascist Parties were accepted by more mainstream conservatives, being chosen to lead coalitions in their respective countries before they took power on their own.

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