Jeffrey Bell

One secret to the political success of American conservatism in the 1970s and 1980s was an ability to unify its social right and supply-side economic factions. A leading proponent of that fusionism was Jeffrey Bell, who died Saturday at age 74.

Bell was best known for his stunning upset of incumbent New Jersey Senator Clifford Case in a Republican primary in 1978. Though he later lost to Bill Bradley, Bell ran on Congressman Jack Kemp’s tax-cutting agenda and was a harbinger of the Reagan era. He worked in the Reagan Administration…

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