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De-Bunked Theories on President Obama and Writers who are Past Their Day

Posted in Donald Trump, Peggy Noonan, President Barack Obama with tags , , on October 17, 2015 by Rich Wilkins

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I’m always amused when I see Reagan era figures brought on television or into print as “expert pundits” in Washington. I mean, I get that they made it to the White House, so they deserve some respect, but it was a different era than today. Today’s GOP doesn’t agree with them on a lot of core issues. Today’s Democratic Party isn’t Tip O’Neill’s. National elections are a lot different than they were in the 1980s, in no small part because they are a lot less white. Things have changed a lot since they were in the White House.

So of course, I was amused by Peggy Noonan’s piece yesterday about Joe Biden and Donald Trump, mostly because it told me more about her view of President Obama. She nailed some of her analysis of the Democratic contest, but still bombed some parts of it. She bombed her analysis of the Trump candidacy. Then she wrote this:

The only thing I feel certain of is how we got here. There are many reasons we’re at this moment, but the essential political one is this: Mr. Obama lowered the bar. He was a literal unknown, an obscure former state legislator who hadn’t completed his single term as U.S. senator, but he was charismatic, canny, compelling. He came from nowhere and won it all twice. All previously prevailing standards, all usual expectations, were thrown out the window.

This is her explanation for how Donald Trump became an acceptable candidate. It’s wrong for several reasons:

  1. Yes, Barack Obama was young for a President, and perhaps had less lines on his resume than many others, but we haven’t been electing Lyndon Johnson for a while in America. From Jimmy Carter forward, the only two Presidents we’ve elected with experience in Congress were President Obama and President George H.W. Bush. President George W. Bush came into office with six years experience as Governor of Texas. President Reagan had only served as Governor of California and President Clinton as Governor and Attorney General of Arkansas. Yes, Senator Obama had served only a couple of terms in the Illinois Senate, and four years in the U.S. Senate, but he’s not really an outlier in that sense.
  2. The rise of Donald Trump has less to do with President Obama than it does with the waves of freshman Republicans in Congress in 2010 and 2014. The best way to explain this came to me from a Republican hack who told me that the difference between 2010 and 1994 was that the 1994 wave was a bunch of Mayors and State Legislators coming to Congress, and 2010 was a bunch of outsiders that were true-believers. In this group weren’t people with government resumes, which is driving why they are more confrontational and less interested in governing. They are the exact mold by which the Trump candidacy has grown from.

Noonan’s “Obama came out of nowhere” notion is not grounded in reality, but it’s widespread in DC. “But he doesn’t follow our norms here” is like the rallying cry of Washington since 2009, but it’s really just code for that he called BS on most of it. Yes, President Obama has introduced some radical concepts to people from the Reagan era- like talking to Cuba and Iran. This is less because he “came from nowhere,” and more because he rejected the tired Washington group-think that dictated foreign policy. Yes, President Obama basically rejected Reagan-era terms that dictated the economic debate, but this is less because he “came from nowhere” too, and more because he realized they were tired talking points that were really just code the status quo. None of this is because President Obama was inexperienced or unprepared, or any other Noonan-esque talking point, and more so because President Obama came to the Presidency as a response to the last thirty years of American politics that preceded him. He had as much or more experience before taking the job as most of his recent peers, in so much as that experience matters at all. No one is prepared to be President before they are.

This gets back to the whole idea though that these Reagan era pundits should have remained fixtures in our political media after 2008. They shouldn’t have. They offered little insight into a changing political world, a world where the Republican coalition of voters is increasingly militant, and the Democratic coalition is increasingly less white and male, and is younger. These pundits just don’t understand what they’re watching, partially because it’s so different than their experience, and partially because they just don’t want to try to. If you’re understanding Trump’s candidacy through President Obama, you are definitely doing it wrong.

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Crazy Ben Carson, Donald Trump, and Hateful Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

Posted in 2016 Presidential Election with tags , , , on September 21, 2015 by Rich Wilkins

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By now you’ve heard about the questioner of Donald Trump in New Hampshire late last week, who called Muslims the “problem” in America, and asked when we can get rid of them. Trump of course seemed to be in agreement with the questioner, who also called President Obama a Muslim and foreigner. It ignited a real firestorm, and had some people actually seeming surprised by the angry tenor of the event (another questioner later praised the first guy).

I’m not shocked at all by it though. Trump’s political rise began with accusing the President of not being born in America, and has more recently been based on attacks on women, calling Mexicans “drug dealers and rapists,” and making fun of Asian people. He’s been endorsed by various Ku Klux Klan leaders for a reason. I have no idea if Donald Trump is a racist or not, I suspect not though. He’s an entertainer, and he knows his audiences. Trump is tapping into deep xenophobic tendencies in the Republican base, a gut-reaction to attack “other” groups of people. That he would permit such nasty rhetoric about Muslims and the President is not shocking. It’s still noteworthy though, because there are people at a Presidential candidate’s rally calling for us to round up and deport a group of people, not even just for their legal status anymore, but in this case for being a member of a religion. It should be very concerning to us all.

Don’t think it’s limited to just Trump though. To be clear, other Republicans are saying even more vile anti-Muslim things. Take the lunatic known as Dr. Ben Carson:

At the end of his “Meet the Press” segment with NBC News’ Chuck Todd, Carson responded to a series of questions related to Donald Trump’s failure to correct an audience member at a New Hampshire town hall last Thursday who suggested in his question that President Barack Obama is a Muslim and not an American.

Asked whether his faith or the faith of a president should matter, Carson said, “It depends on what that faith is.”

“If it’s inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter. But if it fits within the realm of America and consistent with the constitution, no problem,” he explained, according to a transcript.

Todd then asked Carson, whose rise in the polls has been powered in large part by Christian conservatives, if he believed that “Islam is consistent with the Constitution.”

“No, I don’t, I do not,” he responded, adding, “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.”

If the Trump rally was offensive to the senses, this is a whole other level of crazy. Ben Carson is advocating for something this nation threw out the door with the election of John F. Kennedy, the idea of a “religious test” in picking our President. This is dangerous and stupid, and violates a central point to our Constitution- we shall not establish a state religion. To suggest that you would not support any Muslim being President is disgusting and sick. There are roughly three million American Muslims, many of them children growing up in our nation, as Americans. Ben Carson would treat them as unworthy, some sort of enemy of our state. That is truly disgusting.

I was glad to see Bernie Sanders slam Carson‘s irresponsible pandering to an ignorant base. More of our leaders should do that. There are millions of Muslims in this nation, and almost all of them are good and decent people, much like most Christians, Jews, Hindus, and other religious and non-religious people. The scapegoating and vile hate being thrown towards them is UnAmerican in it’s very nature, and should be called out, scorned, and shamed. We do not treat people like this. We do not attack groups of people for their religion. That has been done in other places throughout history, and the results are never good. It’s sad to see a political party in our nation be brought to this.

Trump- One With the GOP Base, Not One With the GOP

Posted in 2016 Presidential Election with tags , on September 16, 2015 by Rich Wilkins

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Donald Trump’s campaign for President is nothing short of a freak show. He has insulted women, Asians, Mexicans, and everyone else he has remembered to talk about during his run. This has helped him out to a lead in the polls for the Republican nomination, because that’s what the GOP base wants to hear. Their voters biggest issue is cultural change in America, not the small government stuff that the DC Republican establishment cares about. In fact, in truth, many of them disagree with their party on that, and would have been Democrats before the Civil Rights movement. Trump is talking about all the “take back America” stuff they want to hear about, and saying he’d change our economy to be more favorable to downscale white voters.

The establishment hates hearing that:

But it’s no surprise that the Club for Growth is taking the lead. For months now, Trump and the club — which is mainly funded by wealthy investors and financiers — have been at each other’s throats, publicly feuding on Twitter. On the surface, the dispute is about what happened around a meeting months ago, after which the club’s president asked Trump for a $1 million donation.

In reality, though, the feud gets to the heart of why the billionaire’s candidacy is so dangerous to the conservative electoral coalition. The club’s mission has long been to push the GOP far to the right on economic issues — slashing taxes and spending as much as possible. But Trump has pledged to protect Social Security and Medicare spending, and says the wealthy should be taxed more.

That makes his candidacy incredibly dangerous to both the club and the current orthodoxy on tax and spending issues that exists across the GOP — an orthodoxy that the club helped bring about, and tries to enforce.

And so they are going to spend $1 million in Iowa to knock Trump down. Why?

And — worse yet for the club — there’s some evidence that his views are quite popular among Republican voters. A 2014 Gallup poll found that 45 percent of Republicans thought the wealthy pay too little in taxes, compared with just 21 percent who thought they pay too much. Similarly, more Republicans want to raise spending on Social Security and Medicare than cut it. And when Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson interviewed Tea Party supporters for a political science study, the people they talked to “were very anxious that Social Security and Medicare be maintained.”

The wealthy elite GOP donor class that funds campaigns — and the think tanks that help mold conservative ideology, and the advocacy groups that enforce ideological discipline — have, so far, succeeded in preventing Republican politicians from adopting these views, even though they seem rather popular.

And so, we have a fight in the GOP. Can’t say I’m feeling sad for them.

Modern Conservatism- Greed vs. Freaks

Posted in 2016 Presidential Election with tags , , , on September 8, 2015 by Rich Wilkins

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Donald Trump has scared the conservative movement, at least the formal one. You know, the guys writing in the Wall Street Journal. The ones on Fox shows (well, some). The ones who work for the Republican Party. They are horrified by his movement. What they see is a candidate spewing isolationist, white-nationalist, nativist rhetoric, and leading their polls. Of course, that means someone is supporting that person. This means there is a pretty clear divide.

A Vox article by Matthew Yglesias earlier dove into this divide, and did a great job. This ending piece summarized the split perfectly though, from a tactical standpoint.

Can we end with some grand, sweeping conclusions about American politics?

Absolutely. Consider these two facts:

  • According to exit polls from 1980, Ronald Reagan won 56 percent of the white vote en route to winning 51 percent of the overall vote.
  • According to exit polls form 2012, Mitt Romney won 59 percent of the white vote en route to winning 47 percent of the overall vote.

In other words, the demographic math of the Reagan coalition doesn’t work anymore. To win, conservative politicians either need to broaden their appeal to African-American or Latino voters or else significantly improve their performance among white voters from an already high level.

The strategy favored by much of the party elite — including George and Jeb Bush, John McCain, the Wall Street Journal editorial page, most of the business community, and the RNC in its official 2012 postmortem — is to try to neutralize the immigration issue in the Latino community and then win votes from more affluent or more religiously devout Hispanics. The alt-right/identitarian/Trump strategy is to do the opposite, and make increasingly explicit appeals to ethnic nationalism to try to make whites more uniformly loyal to the GOP.

But as reflected in the conduct of the House GOP — which has simply refused to bring any sort of immigration bill to the floor — the bulk of party actors would prefer a third option: do neither. Given the heavy pro-Republican tilt of the House map and the whiter skew of the midterm electorate, this is good enough for Republican congressional candidates and most statewide offices. But it doesn’t work nearly as well in presidential politics and doesn’t actually address the ongoing demographic shifts that will eventually filter down through the system.

This debate is the central theme in the “establishment vs. anti-establishment” GOP debate. Are they a white party, or a conservative party? Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone points out that this fight is getting to be pretty public.

Just a few weeks ago, for instance, establishment GOP spokesghoul George Will spent a whole column haranguing readers about how Trump was ruining his party’s chances for victory. He noted that Mitt Romney might have won in 2012 if he’d pulled even slightly more than 27 percent of the Hispanic vote.

Will blasted Trump’s giant wall idea and even ridiculed the candidate’s deportation plan by comparing Trump to Hitler:

“The big costs, in decades and dollars (hundreds of billions), of Trump’s project could be reduced if, say, the targets were required to sew yellow patches on their clothing to advertise their coming expulsion.”

It’s not clear how forcing 11 million people to wear yellow patches saves money, but whatever. However it was supposed to be taken, the shock argument didn’t work.

A few days later, in a rare episode of National Review-on-National Review crime, blogger Ramesh Ponnuru blasted Will for his hysterics. He argued Romney wouldn’t have won even with a 45 percent bump in the Hispanic vote. “He needed more votes, obviously,” Ponnuru wrote, “but he didn’t need more Hispanic votes in particular.”

Ponnuru was echoing an idea already expressed by the conservative commentariat. Hack-among-hacks Byron York said the same thing in the Washington Examiner back in 2013. He argued that even 70 percent of the Hispanic vote wouldn’t have helped Romney, whose more serious problem “was that Romney was not able to connect with white voters who were so turned off… that they abandoned the GOP.”

The level of stupid in this is remarkable. Again, as shown above, the GOP is basically pulling about as high of a number of white voters as they can. No one else is voting for them. It’s ridiculous on it’s face. With that said, it’s not so easy to explain the GOP on purely racial lines.

Modern conservatism is a mix of three legs-

  • Pro-big business, anti-tax, anti-regulatory state economics. They want the state to do less, and therefore to tax less, because it has less function. They don’t want the state regulating what a business can do in the pursuit of profit. They couch this as “freedom,” but it’s a guilded age, pre-Teddy Roosevelt vision of the economy, where the market is supposed to police itself.
  • Neo-conservatives and pro-war folks. This is old-school Northern Virginia, where everyone worked for a Pentagon contractor. This is why we spend a trillion dollars on weapons every year, and finance military spending for friends of our’s.
  • Pro-Christian, white, traditional “culture” warriors. These folks are concerned with guns, God, and gays. They’re the folks who worry about prayer in school, or who want to be able to tell a gay couple to “pound sand” when they want a wedding cake. These are the folks believing the NRA rhetoric about “standing and fighting,” because Obama’s going to take their guns or something.

Let me be very clear that the first two legs of this stool are what holds it up. They fund the party, and that is why the GOP is for all the saber rattling in the world, but not for the ACA and Dodd-Frank. The problem for the GOP is that not enough people are actually both supportive of and caring about the first two. Not on their own. The third group is the clearly largest group in the party, and they had to be brought along. Sure, most of the third group has decided to buy into the first two, but the thing that motivated them to become Republican was this idea of a culture war.

Let’s be clear, within that third group there are divides. As Taibbi writes, there are the real lunatics on the far right of that crew:

Not far under the surface of Trump’s candidacy lurks a powerful current of Internet conspiracy theory that’s a good two or three degrees loonier than even the most far-out Tea Party paranoia. Gone are the salad days when red-staters merely worried about Barack Obama inviting UN tanks to mass on the borders of Lubbock.

Trump supporters have gone next-level, obsessed with gooney-bird fantasies about “white genocide,” a global plan to exterminate white people by sending waves of third-world immigrants across American and European borders to settle and intermarry.

The white-power nerds pushing this stuff don’t like the term RINO (Republican In Name Only) and prefer “cuckservative,” a term that’s a mix of “cuckold” and “conservative.” Cuck is also a porn term that refers to a white guy who gets off on watching his wife take it from (usually) a black man. A cuck is therefore a kind of desexualized race traitor.

These are the explicitly racially motivated lunatics. All of these people see “traditional culture” under attack, but this specific group thinks the answer is an explicitly racial political party. It needs to respond to white needs. It thinks that immigration is the be-all, end-all issue that must be eradicated.

A half-step off of these lunatics are the Ben Carson crowd. Obviously, this mostly white electoral group is supporting a man who is African-American. This doesn’t mean they’re racially sensitive or tolerant though. They just see the attack on “traditional America” as being less racial. Andrew Prokop of Vox explains:

“It goes to show that if you have a dream and fulfill that dream, it can be done,” 71-year-old Martin Kolar of Myrtle Beach told her. Others praised Carson’s faith and character — key selling points to evangelical voters, who preferred Carson to Trump in a recent poll of Iowa Republicans.

Sometimes, however, these citations of Carson’s biography can have an implicit — or not so implicit — racial undertone. “He would be a wonderful role model for everyone, especially for the black people,” 72-year-old Peggy Kemmerly of Elongee said. “You know, to get them off entitlements. He could open doors. Well, doors have been opened for them, but unfortunately they haven’t accessed them.” And Kolar said that he hoped Carson “removes the hyphen” in African-American to identify as “just American, to heal the racial divide we’ve been forced into.”

In other words- he’s like them. That’s their message. That’s what they like. Carson gave them that in the debate, and he gives it to them regularly. Again from the Vox article:

Though Carson was vague about just who those “purveyors of hatred” trying “to make a race war” might be, the implication was clear — they’re liberals. Carson is saying that although he’s black, he’s enlightened enough not to focus on unimportant matters of race that “divide us,” and will instead take a race-blind approach to unite Americans.

That’s just what conservatives want to hear. As racial issues have gained salience in the age of Ferguson and Black Lives Matter, Republican responses have frequently seemed adrift and uncertain. So Carson — who is not just a black Republican but was, as Desmond-Harris put it, “a black folk hero” due to his rags-to-riches story — likely seems to many conservatives to be a very effective messenger pitching a conservative approach to racial issues.

Indeed, Carson has been a frequent critic of Black Lives Matter protesters, and wrote a recent op-ed telling them to focus less on police brutality and more on improving values, preventing drug use, and reducing dependence on government. He also mocked the offense some have taken at the use of the phrase “all lives matter” as “political correctness going amok.” Instead, he said, “Of course all lives matter, and of course we should be very concerned about what’s going on, particularly in our inner cities.”

So his rhetoric is supposedly more race neutral than the white nationalists behind Trump, but it’s basically the same idea- we’re under attack from outsiders. It’s just less Ku Klux Klanny.

Here’s the brutal reality of all of this though- the results aren’t different if one group wins or the other. In fact, the results aren’t different if Jeb Bush and the “pro business/pro war” crowd win. The policy prescriptions on both sides of the GOP “divide” are pretty much the same. Past the idea of some form of comprehensive immigration reform passing, they pretty much agree on being pro-corporation, pro-war, pro-tax cuts for the rich, and all the important issues they may act on. On the social issues, they basically agree too. On Iran? They’re all for war.

And isn’t that the point of what I’m saying? It’s not that the Republicans are all supported by the freaks who call themselves the anti-establishment GOP. They aren’t. They are all the same though. The net result of any of them being elected is the same. Yes, Trump is more of a freak than most. Yes, his supporters are extra-freakish. No, his policies aren’t meaningfully different. No, his administration isn’t meaningfully different. It’s just a matter of whether you think the GOP should be a white nationalist party, or if it should pursue policy ideas that are hostile to large groups of the public, many of which happen to not be white. That’s not a big difference.

More Than Trump: The White Nationalist, GOP Freak Show

Posted in 2016 Presidential Election with tags , , , on September 1, 2015 by Rich Wilkins

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Donald Trump hasn’t wasted any opportunities to spew hate towards immigrants and really anyone who disagrees with him. He’s made fun of Asian accents, called Mexicans rapists and drug dealers, thrown a Univision reporter out of an event, and made offensive comments about a female commentator. The Republican primary voters have rewarded him with a cool quarter of their votes, and he is now the front-runner.

His rhetoric is spreading.

Over the weekend, Scott Walker of Wisconsin floated the idea of walling off the Canadian border. He didn’t answer the obvious next question — what about our dangerously exposed borders on the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and the Gulf of Mexico? That means we may soon be hearing from Bobby Jindal or Rick Perry. Or Lindsey Graham, who could tell us about the efficacy of coastal blockades in the War of Northern Aggression.

But the prize for weekend loopiness goes to Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, for his bold idea to give FedEx the job of tracking foreigners every minute they are in the United States.

“We need to have a system that tracks you from the moment you come in,” he said.

I couldn’t have made this stuff up in my wildest imagination at the outset of this race. Now it’s an every day thing.

The Trump Supporters’ Reality vs. Reality

Posted in 2016 Presidential Election with tags on August 27, 2015 by Rich Wilkins

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Last night I posted about the things Trump supporters recently told Frank Luntz focus group with them, and called it ignorant. For the most part though, I didn’t go into any kind of depth. Why are these people wrong? What is exactly wrong with what they say?

The fear and resentment they display is probably what bothers me the most. The statement that one of the people “used to be able to” sleep with the door unlocked really stuck with me- violent crime is way, way down across America. Yes, it still happens. So do shark attacks. Your odds are very low of being attacked by a shark. The idea that America is less safe than it used to be is just not backed up by any kind of data- because it’s not true.

The resentment of “PC” language also really stood out to me. When someone says this, nine times out of ten, they actually mean they want to use racist and ignorant language about demographic groups without being called out for it. The idea that we’ve been “fed” this for 40 years basically means they want to go back to pre-Civil Rights era America in racial attitudes and interaction. I don’t know why anyone would believe this.

Then there is the idea that our border has “dissolved.” Let’s be clear- we’re spending a record amount of money on border security, and on deporting people. Nothing sort of the Berlin Wall on super-steroids would be any kind of real upgrade. We don’t need that. Walls like that in Berlin are actually disgraces to humanity. Even if there are 11 million undocumented immigrants in this nation, we’re a nation of over 300 million people, so that’s roughly 3-4%. We’re not worse for having more Latinos or Asians in this nation anyway. There is no real reason to believe we are. Economically, we’re actually better off not “rounding up” these people, but integrating most of them into our economy.

I’m also concerned by the idea that these supporters think their feelings are representative of broader society. Most of us hear this talk, and we don’t think we’ve found our match. We think, “oh my God.”

Finally though, i’m troubled by the gullibility. One respondent thinks that Trump having the slogan “Make America Great Again,” that’s what he’s all about. My God, if you’re that moved by a slogan, i’m scared for you.

In the minds of Trump supporters, we are being overrun by a “swarm” of Mexican immigrants. Violent crime is rising, not falling. Offensive language is needed more, not less. They live in a resentful world, where their country is being taken from them. It is a scary world that they live in. It’s also a world that isn’t real. It’s a world mostly in the heads of people who think the President is a foreigner, and that think they need an underground bunker somewhere. It isn’t reality, but that doesn’t matter much when you come from the perspective they start from.

Meet the People Behind Trump- And What They Believe

Posted in 2016 Presidential Election with tags , on August 26, 2015 by Rich Wilkins

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I continue to say it- the problem with the Republican Party is the Republican base voter. While some people want to blame the money, the elected officials, and even the party leaders, I think you have to look straight at the people voting in the Republican Party. Their base voters are the issue. They are who back Donald Trump now.

…. And you have to see some of the things they say. GOP Pollster Frank Luntz said his “legs felt weak.” When I read these comments I just shake my head at the levels of ignorance. From the Time article on the focus group of Trump supporters from the DC area:

“I think America is pissed. Trump’s the first person that came out and voiced exactly what everybody’s been saying all along,” one man said. “When he talks, deep down somewhere you’re going, ‘Holy crap, someone is thinking the same way I am.’”

“When Trump talks, it may not be presented in a pristine, PC way, but we’ve been having that crap pushed to us for the past 40 years!” said another man. “He’s saying what needs to be said.”

“I used to sleep on my front porch with the door wide open, and now everyone has deadbolts,” one man said. “I believe the best days of the country are behind us.”

“I’m frustrated beyond belief. I feel like I’ve been lied to,” a woman said. “Nothing’s getting better.”

“We know his goal is to make America great again,” a woman said. “It’s on his hat. And we see it every time it’s on TV. Everything that he’s doing, there’s no doubt why he’s doing it: it’s to make America great again.”

The group said Trump has their best interests in mind, while other Republicans are looking out for themselves. “We’ve got to show the Republicans that we’ve had it with them, that we will not be there every single time. They treat us like crap and they lie to us and promise us things and then they expect us to vote again,” said a Republican woman. “That’s why we want Trump.”

“We love our country and we love what our country stands for,” said a woman who added she comes from a military family. “I look at where we are now as a country where entitlements are just totally out of control. Our borders have completely dissolved. We’re not what we used to be. I want to people to represent my interest.”

“He’s not afraid,” said a woman who voted twice for Obama. “He keeps prodding on even if people give him negative press. He doesn’t change and apologize.”

The group of 29 went around the room, each supplying a single adjective for the legislative body that let them down after the 2014 elections. Congress “does nothing.” It’s “too old.” “Useless.” “Lame.” “Inept.” “Wrong party.” “Cocktail party.” “Gridlock.” “Costly.” “Sold out.” “Sucks.” “Douchebags.”

Then, the group did the same for Trump. This time: “Tough.” “Businessman.” “Great.” “Successful.” “Not afraid.” “Leader.” “Has guts.” “Charismatic.” “A true American.” “Kicks ass and takes names.”

The level of ignorance in this crew is startling. They think we can “round up” eleven million people who live in this country and send them all back. They think they need to deadbolt their door because of crime, when crime is down. They think entitlement spending is what’s causing budget deficits. They cite about “40 years ago” as the good ole’ days, or right after the Civil Rights movement.

Let’s also be clear here, their solution for the decay of America is a guy who mocked Asian accents today in an event, who thinks the President was born over seas, who threw the Univision anchor out of a press conference, who is mercilessly attacking a female TV show host on FOX, who called Mexicans “rapists and drug dealers,” and who wants to build a gigantic wall along our southern border and charge huge tariffs. Donald Trump is appealing to old, white, bitter, resentful people. He’s effectively running as a conservative white nationalist, which is why you shouldn’t be shocked that David Duke endorsed him. This is a racially angry response to 2015 society, not a campaign.

The GOP has no one to blame but themselves. This is the party they unleashed on the public from Sarah Palin through today. This is the logical next step on the road. All of this talk about being “PC” is just the most angry amongst us wanting to lash out at an increasingly diverse, multi-cultural society. This is what the Republican base wants though. Trump is just willing to give it to them.

Sincerely GC

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