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Big tent

a political party’s or coalition’s policy or doctrine of allowing and encouraging a wide range of beliefs, opinions, and views among its members.
Contemporary Examples

The GOP’s Vote for Hate—and Suicide John Avlon July 12, 2009
The Dems’ Smart Abortion Move Peter Beinart November 9, 2009
The GOP Should Let Obama Self-Destruct Christopher Buckley May 3, 2009
Memo to the GOP: It’s Time to Listen to Your Elders John Avlon May 28, 2013
The Pro-Freedom Republicans Are Coming: 131 Sign Gay-Marriage Brief John Avlon February 27, 2013

Historical Examples

Our Little Arabian Cousin Blanche McManus
The Young Acrobat of the Great North American Circus Horatio Alger Jr.
Wyn’s Camping Days Amy Bell Marlowe
Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
Joe Strong, the Boy Fish Vance Barnum


a political approach in which a party claims to be open to a wide spectrum of constituents and groups
(as modifier): big-tent politics


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