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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Making the Republican Party Great Again

The press slowly realizes that Donald Trump's leveraged buyout of the Republican Party spells doom for Democrats as well. As it stands, Democrats are a small party of bitter old people and know-it-all Ivy Leaguers who cling to the coasts and key big cities. Trump's plan to merge the long-scorned rank-and-file of both parties spells doom for those in power.

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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19 comments:

  1. How is Trump going to make the R party great again when no Rs are willing to cling to his coattails? There are far more Rs in office disavowing Trump than embracing him.
    Of course that doesn't include W.Va. gubernatorial candidate Bill Cole who is riding the Trump name in his campaign. Go figure, Cole is pinning his hopes on becoming W.Va.'s next governor on being tied to a political outsider who has never held office; has greatly furthered the wealth from his millionaire father to become a billionaire; and has people believing he will reverse a staid economy into a robust one with no specifics to defeat his Democratic opponent who is a political outsider who has never held office; has greatly furthered the wealth from his millionaire father to become a billionaire; and has people believing he will reverse a staid economy into a robust one with no specifics.
    Is this why you are not weighing in on the W.Va. governor's race?

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    1. X is Y. P is Z. Same old song. Yawnzzzzzzz.

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    2. You are correct Quack. Same old song: My questions are never answered.

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  2. What time is it? Later than you think, Lefties.

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  3. Change can be scary. Trump Change, not to be confused with chump change, is scaring the chumps who think they know it all. Those chumps don't like change.

    Speaking of a different change, from UrgentAgenda.com: "MAJOR REAL-ESTATE NEWS – FROM THE HILL: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has purchased a nearly $600,000 summer retreat on Vermont’s Champlain Islands, the Vermont newspaper Seven Days reported Monday. “We’ve traveled up to the islands many times over the years — almost always on day trips,” Jane Sanders, the former White House contender's wife, said in a statement. "The entire family is very excited about it.” “We’ve always been impressed with the North Hero community, eaten at the North Hero House and Shore Acres and have suggested them to friends who were looking for a beautiful place to stay or have dinner. St. Anne’s Shrine in Isle La Motte is my favorite church and it is nearby.” The Sanders’ new waterfront home has four bedrooms and 500 feet of Lake Champlain beachfront, Seven Days reported. The town of North Hero has fewer than 1,000 residents, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The Sanders family also owns a row house on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and a house in Burlington, Vt.. The residence in Burlington is currently valued at $321,900, according to city property records. Just a poor, downtrodden, average guy working for the masses. What a joke."

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    1. Imagine what his followers must be thinking.

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    2. Orwell's Pigs.
      TG McCoy

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    3. The benefit of supporting hillary are immediately concrete.

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  4. Both political parties have for some time been parties of the well-to-do. They make and pay for the policies that help them. The rank and file of both parties have long been overlooked by the movers and shakers. Now they find that - surprise! - the rank and file are the majority. What to do? Can they actually allow the hoi polloi to have their say? No way! They will get their way by hook or by crook. Whether they are successful or not will be determined on Election Day. - Elric

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  5. I keep wondering how this will play out. The Republican party where I live is still dominated by real estate people who want low interest rates and easy money. People like myself and working class folks who vote Republican are kept out of the power structure of the party and if one of us wins the chairmanship we get undermined with leaks to the local Democrat press. I have my doubts as to whether just having one guy at the top will be enough to change the thinking. Maybe it's a start.

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    1. "I have my doubts as to whether just having one guy at the top will be enough to change the thinking. Maybe it's a start."
      I've been praying for the "start" you suggest well before you and Surber took off your "Rs are the answer because they are Rs" blinders. Trump has shown it can be done. Too bad he is too bat-crap crazy to make it happen. Here's hoping a Trump with Brains can carry the torch in four years ... providing the next prez doesn't tailspin this country too bad that there is no hope.

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    2. Well, Alls I can tell you is...I was unexpectedly thrust into the Presidency of the Bennington Community Association in GBurg when the sitting prez abruptly resigned. It was right before the annual budget meeting. I went in with one goal: Freeze the dues. Even some people I considered moderate/conservative friends said No Kelly, the dues get raised every year...people have accepted it. I fought, and argued using numbers...and won. Didn't do it for myself. Did it for neighbors who were not as well off. I get Trump on a lot of levels, but what I get most is...he gets us.

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    3. Nice pick up z. As for my R blinders, they were taken off when Mel Fernandez was National Party Chairman. I don't even remember how long ago that was. Shows how much you think you know is merely assumption, nonnyass.

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    4. You are the mind reader here. I simply comment on your psychopathologies, which are real. Get help.

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  6. "Lack of specifics?" Geezus Taibbi or whatever the hell your name is, do a little homework. Did you listen to Trump's speech in Detroit earlier this week? Specific, specific, specific, specific, and then followed by several more specifics. He *** killed it. and hilLIARy's specifics? Other than she's a woman, of course. Lay 'em out there for us Taibbi. Another lefty communist America hater pretending to be a journalist.

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  7. "The new Republicans would no longer be the party of "business and the privileged," but the protector of a disenfranchised working class."

    No thing wrong with being the party of business. Business is Main Street, as well as Wall Street, the little guy as well as the mega-bank, but the protector of a disenfranchised working class is what the demos were.

    Once.

    "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."

    Sounds like saving for your kids' education or retirement. I thought that, as opposed to going on welfare, was the American Dream, not a "magical-thinking concept".

    Where did this moron grow up, Leningrad?

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  8. Ummm... correction:

    "the protector of a disenfranchised working class is what the demos SAID THEY were"... but never were, or are.

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  9. The Liberals are stuck in 1903

    "The protection of the rights of the individual--of the free American citizen--is the very reason for being of the Democratic party. That party favors the individual--just as the Republican party favors the capitalists, and the Socialist party, as I shall try to show you, only the office holder. At least, those who are not office holders will, under Socialism, have the hardest kind of a time."
    --Socialism; a speech delivered in Faneuil hall, February 7th, 1903, by Frederic J. Stimson

    Rather amusing claiming the 1903 Democrats, the party of slavery and Jim Crow favor free American citizens, but then they did stipulate "free".

    But today, far to many of the "leaders" of both parties are socialists, not necessarily economically, but in that they favor the office holder over the citizen.

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