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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Matt Taibbi: Keeping up with Trump revelations is exhausting. By late October, he'll be caught whacking it outside a nunnery. There are not many places left for this thing to go that don't involve kids or cannibalism. We wait, miserably, for the dong shot.

Trump's early rampage through the Republican field made literary sense. It was classic farce. He was the lewd, unwelcome guest who horrified priggish, decent society, a theme that has mesmerized audiences for centuries...

The party spent 50 years preaching rich people bromides like "trickle-down economics" and "picking yourself up by your bootstraps" as solutions to the growing alienation and financial privation of the ordinary voter. In place of jobs, exported overseas by the millions by their financial backers, Republicans glibly offered the flag, Jesus and Willie Horton.

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In recent years it all went stale. They started to run out of lines to sell the public. Things got so desperate that during the Tea Party phase, some GOP candidates began dabbling in the truth. They told voters that all Washington politicians, including their own leaders, had abandoned them and become whores for special interests. It was a slapstick routine: Throw us bums out!

Republican voters ate it up and spent the whole of last primary season howling for blood as Trump shredded one party-approved hack after another. By the time the other 16 candidates finished their mass-suicide-squad routine, a tail-chasing, sewer-mouthed septuagenarian New Yorker was accepting the nomination of the Family Values Party.

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In the far-right world, every successive villain has always been worse than the last. It's quaint now to think about how Al Gore was once regarded as the second coming of Lenin, or that John Kerry was a secret communist agent. Then the race element took Obama-hatred to new and horrifying places.

But Trumpian license has pushed hatred of Hillary Clinton beyond all reason. If you don't connect with it emotionally, you won't get it. For grown men and women to throw around words like "bitch" and "----" in front of their kids, it means things have moved way beyond the analytical.

Where is it all coming from? The most generous conceivable explanation is that the anger stems from a sense of abandonment and betrayal by the political class. This doesn't explain the likes of Giuliani and Trump, but if you squint really hard, it maybe explains some of what's going on with his supporters.


QFT

#1 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2016-10-15 10:02 AM | Reply

Not a total failure. Russia has a whole bunch of American support for future invasions of its neighbors, thanks to the Trumpian Appeasement Monkey Cult.

Because, apparently, Hillary is going to start a nuclear War But hopefully, after the Inaugural Ball.

#2 | Posted by northguy3 at 2016-10-15 10:22 AM | Reply

Brilliant article.
Thanks for posting.

#3 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2016-10-15 11:52 AM | Reply

The rank and file Republicans never really supported globalism but they were so partisan and anti-Democratic due to civil rights that they supported the flag waving, job outsourcing, tax cuts for the rich anyway. The GOP is the most butt hurt bunch of haters that just can't seem to get over the fact that Lyndon Johnson got the Civil rights bill passed.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2016-10-15 02:10 PM | Reply

#4 | Posted by danni Learn a little history chick, the opposition to the Civil Rights Act was by Democrats. Their opposition was so strong that LBJ used his favorite tool of political control, blackmail to get it passed. As far as Globalism and outsourcing Bill Clinton and Obama both had a total of 16 years to undo NAFTA and didn't. As I remember the tax regulations you are moaning about were mostly passed by Democrats, but they had plenty of help from K-Street lobbyist who will buy a vote from ether party,(if it is for sale). The idea that ether party is for the little guy is total cow pies.

#5 | Posted by docnjo at 2016-10-15 04:48 PM | Reply

A failure? Well we have 23 days to find out.

#6 | Posted by docnjo at 2016-10-15 04:52 PM | Reply

#5

You might want to follow your own advice... rooster...

With Republicans having trouble with minorities, some like to point out that the party has a long history of standing up for civil rights compared to Democrats. Democrats, for example, were less likely to vote for the civil rights bills of the 1950s and 1960s. Democrats were more likely to filibuster. Yet, a closer look at the voting coalitions suggests a more complicated picture that ultimately explains why Republicans are not viewed as the party of civil rights.

www.theguardian.com

#7 | Posted by Corky at 2016-10-15 05:04 PM | Reply

Fulbright, Clinton's mentor and suspected father was strongly opposed to the act as was Al Gore's dad and Hillery's mentor, Burg, you remember the Klansman from West Virginia. When the Civil rights act came in for a vote, it had 100% support from the GOP, and the minimum required from the Democrats to pass. LBJ literally had a list of the members of congress he had blackmailed and promise to destroy of they didn't toe the line. The material must have been something, because they all fell into line. For many it was the end of their carriers in congress, but they didn't go to prison.

#8 | Posted by docnjo at 2016-10-15 05:47 PM | Reply

Republicans are not viewed as the party of civil rights for a reason. I just thought you'd like to know why your simple vote counting doesn't tell the real story. The linked article does.

#9 | Posted by Corky at 2016-10-15 09:26 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Republicans are not viewed as the party of civil rights for a reason

Only viewed from you far left progressives, history is a whole other story though and that must really hurt.

#10 | Posted by Crassus at 2016-10-15 09:30 PM | Reply

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the opposition to the Civil Rights Act was by Democrats.

Wrong Again. A larger percentage of Northern and Southern Democrats voted for the Act than Republicans. In Fact NO Southern Republican supported it.

Facts have a definite liberal bias, DOCNJ.

House Version:
Southern Democrats: 8–87 (7–93%)
Southern Republicans: 0–10 (0–100%)
Northern Democrats: 145–9 (94–6%)
Northern Republicans: 138–24 (85–15%)

The Senate version:

Southern Democrats: 1–20 (5–95%)
Southern Republicans: 0–1 (0–100%)
Northern Democrats: 45–1 (98–2%)
Northern Republicans: 27–5 (84–16%)

#11 | Posted by northguy3 at 2016-10-15 09:34 PM | Reply

history

Welfare Queens and Willie Horton is the post-Civil Rights Act GOP proud record on race.

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2016-10-15 09:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"...history is a whole other story though and that must really hurt." - #10 | Posted by Crassus at 2016-10-15 09:30 PM

And just how do African-Americans (and the other two largest minority groups in America) feel about that?

In the last presidential election Americans went to the polls to re-elect President Obama (only the 4th president since the First World War to be elected and then re-elected with a majority of the votes cast).

In that election:

93% of African-American voters voted for the Democratic candidate;

70% of Hispanic voters voted for the Democratic candidate; and,

73% of Asian-American voters voted for the Democratic candidate.

I suggest you try to live in the now. Otherwise, well, you just come across as stupid.

#13 | Posted by Hans at 2016-10-15 09:56 PM | Reply

"...the opposition to the Civil Rights Act was by Democrats." - #5 | Posted by docnjo at 2016-10-15 04:48 PM

✔ Introduced in the House on June 20, 1963 as H.R. 7152 by a Democrat (Emanuel Celler D–NY).
✔ In the US House, more southern Democrats voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 than did southern Republicans. Overall, more Democrats voted for the Act than did Republicans.
And...
✔ In the US Senate, more southern Democrats voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 than did southern Republicans. Overall, more Democrats voted for the Act than did Republicans.
Finally...
✔.Signed into law on on July 2, 1964 by a Democrat (President Lyndon B. Johnson)
Oops.

#14 | Posted by Hans at 2016-10-15 10:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What you failed to say was that a large majority of both houses were Democrats, had been for 20 years. So of course they had the numbers, but never the percentages. History does not forget. Democrats are the party of slavery, the Klu Klux Klan, Jim Crow, Segregation, Bull Conner, corruption, failing schools and ruined cities. One act under a Texan's leadership does not erase that long legacy.

#15 | Posted by docnjo at 2016-10-16 04:29 PM | Reply

You've been in a coma since the Voting Rights Act.

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2016-10-16 04:35 PM | Reply

Now here's a media outlet that likes to cry rape.

#17 | Posted by mysterytoy at 2016-10-16 05:22 PM | Reply

One act under a Texan's leadership does not erase that long legacy.

You're saying the centuries-long legacy of American racism still negatively impacts black people today?

Looks like we agree on something.

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2016-10-16 05:44 PM | Reply

We've had other Texans in the White House since LBJ.
Why didn't they do more to erase that long legacy?
Hmm?

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2016-10-16 05:48 PM | Reply

"As I remember the tax regulations you are moaning about were mostly passed by Democrats"

Check your meds; your memory is gone.

We've been primarily operating under the 1986 codes (Reagan) and the pair of codes around '02 and '05 (GWB). The Dubya codes were so egregiously slanted to the wealthiest the Dems refused to go along, hence the sunset clause, which was the ONLY reason the top rates went back up under Obama.

In addition, the two items which take people off the income tax rolls most often were both Republican ideas: the Child Tax Credit, and the Earned Income Credit, which eliminated a lot of bureaucracy by folding welfare payments into the tax system.

#20 | Posted by Danforth at 2016-10-16 06:16 PM | Reply

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