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Not Anonymous:
Weak essay; weak commentary.

The 'Trumplican base' has already compromised on countless core Republican principals and are radically changing that party.

The emerging realignment has less to do with the Southern Strategy than policies the Democrats have pursued, pushing scores of voters out of their ranks.

The Republicans do not care about the poor; the Democrats hate the country. Choose your poison.
7:09 pm — Wednesday, 12 October 2016
catfood:
democrats don't care about the poor either. and neither group hates the country.

the rnc did figure out a good while back that it's easy to cultivate a base of mean dumb people who eat up bullshit without thinking twice, or even once. they didn't count on someone coming along who plays that game better than they do.

not suggesting that all repubs are mean and/or dumb, mind you.
8:34 pm — Wednesday, 12 October 2016
elbowroom:
The republicans are in a tough position. Things are changing fast as with demographic in the country, but the Republican core voters are still demanding the old values and it was just riped for taking.

I saw some of Mike Pence's beliefs regarding evolution and climate change, and was shocked to see the kind of things vice-president candidate of 2016 believes, let alone social progresses such as same-sex marriage and immigration. But that's the kind of backward thinking much of your voting base want, while the Democrats taking more of the centrist position.

I suspect they'll still have a decent chance in 2020 just by being virtue of not being in the office for 12 years and they are still the major party. But the struggle of their position is real.
9:54 pm — Wednesday, 12 October 2016
To Be Fair:
> the Democrats hate the country

[citation needed]
10:46 pm — Wednesday, 12 October 2016
Clinton is the man!:
The rise of the Democratic intelligentsia shows that our public school system has completely failed the Republic.

When the US becomes part of the huge stinking pile of human shit that is not Western Civilization, historians, if there are any, will blame Liberal Democrats and their mealy minds for its decline.
11:54 pm — Wednesday, 12 October 2016
anonymous:
> When the US becomes part of the huge stinking pile of human shit that is not Western Civilization, historians, if there are any, will blame Liberal Democrats and their mealy minds for its decline.

haha yeah, it's all because of that failed liberal policy of 'no child left behind,' amirite?
12:06 am — Thursday, 13 October 2016
anonymous:
Clinton is the man nailed it. The Democrats hate the country: Or they love it so much they want to change everything about it, starting with its people and its culture.
1:30 am — Thursday, 13 October 2016
Nokia's CEO was right:
The reason Stalin and Mao killed off the intelligentsia is because they were essentially worthless.

In fact, they are the first to go in any real revolution.
4:41 am — Thursday, 13 October 2016
Off The Verge:
Without the border crisis, Trump would not have had a campaign.
5:07 am — Thursday, 13 October 2016
anonymous:
Without the 50-year-long 'border crisis' the Democrats would still be respectable.
6:15 am — Thursday, 13 October 2016
jimothy:
>haha yeah, it's all because of that failed liberal policy of 'no child left behind,' amirite?

I sense sarcasm, but yes, No Child Left Behind is a liberal policy. There is nothing conservative about it at all.

In fact, there was little conservative about Bush II at all. Highlights of his tenor are his support for No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, Sarbanes-Oxley, and, of course, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those wars came right out of progressive Woodrow Wilson foreign policy playbook.

And, of course, he was full on Keynesian in his response to the financial crisis.

On two points, Bush at least appeared to fit the conservative orthodoxy, but these are only superficial. First was his religiosity, but while evangelicals have latched onto the GOP, there is nothing inherently conservative if religiosity (if there was, Jimmy Carter was more vastly more conservative than Bush).

The second is his support of lower taxes. But he did not match this with lower spending, and low taxes combined with high spending is a very neo-Keynesian policy, one which is unfortunately embraced by almost everyone in Washington.

Bush deserves a lot of criticism, but it's because his progressive policies are harmful, not because he was a conservative.
1:47 pm — Thursday, 13 October 2016
Going Going Gone!:
NCLB was an attempt to make schools pay attention to the poor and dumb students by dangling large amounts of money in front of them in exchange for performance.

That didn't work so well because public school teachers are, for the most part, averse to the idea of measuring performance...unless you're measuring the performance of a student.

The fact is, before NCLB nobody cared if poor kids got fucked by the school system. When NCLB came around suddenly schools started saying the word "performance" and it scared them.

Every state that got an NCLB waiver fucked the poor kids. That tells you something.

And it's not like NCLB was that heinous. You just had to show that you did better this year than you were last year. But even that was too much for most public school systems.
3:05 pm — Thursday, 13 October 2016
Patrick Henry, the 2nd:
"He is the end result of conscious and deliberate choices by the Democrats, going back decades, to demonize its opponents, to polarize and obstruct, to pursue policies that enfeeble the political weal and to yoke the bigot and the ignorant to their wagon and to drive them by dangling carrots that they only ever intended to feed to the rich."

FTFY.

Remember, Trump won the nomination with only 40%. He had a compliant media propping him up so he could face Clinton.

Can't blame this all on the GOP.
6:05 pm — Thursday, 13 October 2016
Repent & Believe :
The lesser of two evils isn't working out so well now.
2:09 am — Saturday, 15 October 2016
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