No Republican will ever admit that the Republican Party created the conditions from whence sprang Donald Trump. But it did.
Via Michael in Norfolk.
David Farmer details (yet another) Republican effort to gut out the vote, this time in Lewiston, Maine.
The Booman surveys the field of Republican candidates and their hate-full, bigoted positions and points out that the rhetoric is not so much cause as effect:
Trump is doing great in the polls for a reason, and it’s not because he’s out there explaining Ronald Reagan Republicanism to the masses.
Republican insiders created the appetite for this rhetoric. They’re to blame for the fact that there is now a massive constituency who wants their candidates to deliver on it.
As I’ve noted before, Richard Nixon’s odious Southern strategy has come full circle. Nixon believed that the Republican Party could use bigots and racists to its political advantage; the bigots and racists now use–indeed, one can argue that they are–the Republican Party.
If there is one thing the United States of America has done well, from internment camps for Americans of Japanese descent to HUAC to demonizing ladies named after an ancient Egyptian goddess to cowering at the sight of a child, it is to violate its stated ideals when it’s a-skeert, even when what it’s a-skeert of is based on a hoax.
I am ashamed of my country.
Jill McCorkle thinks she has found a better way to vet our candidates. A nugget:
Here is what I think would be the proper way to have an election: Each candidate must report to a designated school on a given morning, then proceed into his or her own classroom with only a blue book and two sharpened number two pencils with erasers. Each will be thoroughly searched—no crib notes allowed—and a monitor will be assigned to ensure no cheating: the candidate’s only resource is his or her brain. They will then have four hours to write out their platform—their beliefs and ideals and what they hope to accomplish when elected. At 8:00 A.M. the voice on the PA system will instruct them to begin and at noon will say that time is up.
Then each candidate’s statement will be published just as it appears in all newspapers across the country. The statements will also be read aloud by unbiased parties on the radio and television at appointed times. Period.
Spend a few minutes toying with notions of the essays that the Republican hopefuls might produce . . . .
John Romano has a realization:
Price cuts = tax cuts.
Uninsured employees = uninsured residents.
No-frills merchandise = no-frills infrastructure.
Low wages = well, low wages.
Cheerful store greeter = Gov. Rick Scott.
It’s obvious, isn’t it? Florida is the Walmart of states.
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