From Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone:
The new Republicans would no longer be the party of "business and the privileged," but the protector of a disenfranchised working class.
This was unplanned. If it happens, it'll be a change that takes place not because conservative leaders ever wanted it, but because voters demanded it.
Basically, large numbers of working-class voters, particularly white working-class voters, long ago abandoned the Democratic Party in favor of the Republicans.I prefer hoi polloi. Let the Democrats have the hoity-toity. Let's bequeath them John Podhoretz, the staff of the National Review, and anyone who is a lobbyist or is married to one (in short, 90 percent of the conservative commentariat). That will improve the standards of both parties.
More from Taibbi:
Republican propaganda for decades pushed magical-thinking concepts like "trickle-down economics" that asked lower-income voters to accept present sacrifices for theoretical bigger payoffs down the road.
Until this year, Republican voters mostly bought it. But Trump was their way of telling their leaders they're done waiting. They want their piece of the pie now, even if it means unleashing the Trumpinator to get it.What did I call it in my book? Oh yes, "a cause without a rebel."
Trump is the rebel. I wish it were someone else. But no one else was wise enough or independent enough to listen to the public. Whilst Jeb and Rubio and Cruz and Christie and sad, sad, sad Lindsey Graham sucked up to donors last summer, Trump attracted about a half million people to his rallies in 2015. (Based on a rally or two a day before 2,500 or so people for six months.) His poll numbers went up. Jeb's went down.
Now Taibbi calls Trump a nativist and a strongman because Taibbi still wants to be cool with his buddies on press row.
The New York Times reported earlier:
WASHINGTON — By riding his appeal among working-class whites to the top of the Republican Party, Donald J. Trump has emboldened conservative thinkers to press their party of business and the privileged to reshape its economic canon to more directly benefit poorer workers it has often taken for granted.
The policy prescriptions of these so-called reform conservatives, or “reformocons,” would not only break with some longtime Republican orthodoxy — disavowing tax cuts that disproportionately benefit the rich, for example — they would also counter more recent stances by Mr. Trump on trade and immigration.
And because of a lack of policy specifics in Mr. Trump’s personality-centered campaign, reform conservatives see an opening through which to push their prescriptions.
“What it means to be a conservative is up for grabs,” said Reihan Salam, the executive editor of the conservative National Review.Note how the liberals see Republicans as the "party of business and the privileged," when the richest of the rich -- Carlos Slim (who subsidizes the New York Times), Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch and Warren Buffett -- are all liberal Democrats. I also note that Obama, too, had a "personality-centered campaign."
Nevertheless, the press is starting to realize it doesn't know what time it is, Mister Jones.
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