William McKinley Articles

1896 and All That

Karl Rove's election primer.
Feb 01, 2016

When political strategist Karl Rove spoke in Washington last week, he was reluctant to talk about the 2016 presidential race. His most extensive comment to a packed crowd at the American Enterprise Institute was to say that the Republican nominee should emphasize “economic security" for everyone, safety from attack, and national unity.

Rove stuck to his topic, William McKinley and his path to winning the presidency in 1896, about which he has written a superb book, The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters. That election is famous for the political realignment it created and the 36-year Republican era that followed.

But Rove achieves something new. He elevates McKinley's status to that

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