The GOP is not and has never been in modernity the Party of Lincoln. That is fabulistic. It does have its nascent roots, however, in the 1968 white racist Independent Party of George Wallace that won the deep south. The Republican Party of red took over from Wallace and happily fostered its fringe. The fact that Mr. Jacoby thinks that Republican Party is gone forever makes this progressive very happy. I can only hope that Jeff Jacoby is correct!