I have long puzzled over how the Republican Party, which was born as the progressive do-gooder party, became the party of corporate interests. I had vaguely thought the shift might have happened with Taft.
The more I think about the origins of the party, though, the more I think the corporate interest was there from the beginning. And today it came to me:
The railroads won the Civil War.
Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves.
Robert Todd Lincoln, business leader and Republican power broker, was general counsel, and later president, of the Pullman Palace Car Company.