Four candidates left on the Republican side, and only one actual Protestant. I suppose that represents progress, of a sort.

Paul, whatever his theology, is certainly a WASP. But the fact that the one Protestant in the race is the one candidate certain not to get the nomination still shows that this is not your father’s GOP. Perhaps the Republicans, true to the Know-Nothing part of their heritage, will always be the party of exclusion, but precisely who gets excluded changes over time.

[Cross-posted at The Reality-Based Community]

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Mark Kleiman is a professor of public policy at the New York University Marron Institute.