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Mon Oct 1, 2018, 03:28 PM

WaPo: After Midterms, "Republicans who remain will be angrier, loopier and more belligerent"

By Jennifer Rubin
Opinion writer
October 1 at 11:30 AM

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/wp/2018/10/01/a-first-class-temperament-whos-got-it/

The mingling of right-wing populism and the disintegration of conservative tone are inextricably linked. Right-wing populism thrives on anger, resentment and hostility toward elites. To defend irrational policies built on non-facts and fear of outsiders, vast conspiracies are required. (You really don’t see many rational, humble, modest, respectful right-wing populists.) If know-nothingism is essential to support your movement, you’re not likely to see many intellectually honest, measured leaders.

As (#NeverTrumper Eliot A. ) Cohen observes in recollecting the happy warrior Ronald Reagan, “The spirit of a president who celebrated America as a city on a hill that was generous abroad, welcoming to newcomers, and self confident at home, has been replaced by the sour meanness of a party chiefly of men, who build walls to keep the world out, erect tariffs to destroy free trade, despise the alliances that keep Americans secure, and sanction the deliberate plucking of babes from their mothers’ breasts in order to teach illegal immigrants a painful lesson. In such a world, decorum and courtesy are irrelevant.”

The temperament that Cohen and I define as conservative has nearly vanished on the right — or will when another tranche of Republicans retire or lose this year. The Republicans who remain will be angrier, loopier and more belligerent than we see even now. (Think about the Republican Judiciary Committee without Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona.)

Cohen is doubtful, as am I, that the GOP can recover. “It is impossible at this moment to envisage the Republican Party coming back,” he writes, “Like a brontosaurus with some brain-eating disorder it might lumber forward in the direction dictated by its past, favoring deregulation of businesses here and standing up to a rising China there, but there will be no higher mental functioning at work.” He concludes that the GOP “will plod into a future in which it is detested in a general way by women, African Americans, recent immigrants, and the educated young as well as progressives pure and simple.”

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Reply WaPo: After Midterms, "Republicans who remain will be angrier, loopier and more belligerent" (Original post)
Miles Archer Oct 2018 OP
Meadowoak Oct 2018 #1
struggle4progress Oct 2018 #2
DFW Oct 2018 #3
Hermit-The-Prog Oct 2018 #8
Raine Oct 2018 #13
Cosmocat Oct 2018 #14
Salviati Oct 2018 #4
Blue_true Oct 2018 #5
Chickensoup Oct 2018 #6
BumRushDaShow Oct 2018 #7
dalton99a Oct 2018 #9
roamer65 Oct 2018 #10
ThoughtCriminal Oct 2018 #11
LiberalFighter Oct 2018 #12

Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Mon Oct 1, 2018, 03:33 PM

1. Hopefully, there won't be many left.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Mon Oct 1, 2018, 03:35 PM

2. Wreck of the old 97



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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Mon Oct 1, 2018, 03:36 PM

3. Yes, they will.

And don't compare Reagan to Hubert Humphrey (the man for whom the phrase "happy Warrior" was coined), please. Humphrey was really as good-hearted as he seemed. Reagan could be mean as a snake when the cameras were off.

The Republicans can decide if they really want to let their party become another Sturmabteilung, or step back from the abyss.

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Response to DFW (Reply #3)

Mon Oct 1, 2018, 04:58 PM

8. Rotten Ronnie

Rotten Ronnie played a character. Apparently Jennifer Rubin thought that character was more real than the person -- and his damaging policies -- playing it.

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Response to DFW (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 2, 2018, 05:52 AM

13. yes, it's totally insulting to use the term "happy warrior"

in connection with Raygun, he was anything but that!

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Response to Raine (Reply #13)

Tue Oct 2, 2018, 06:12 AM

14. Reagen was the gateway drug

Put a prettied up facade to normalze faking it publically while going full bore with radical right wing policies.

W mimicked it, just was not as smooth.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Mon Oct 1, 2018, 04:01 PM

4. And they'll drive more "moderates" away

and get even crazier and angrier and loopier in a vicious cycle.

The election of trump began the death spiral for the republican party. The question is not whether the republican party will survive, but rather will the country survive the implosion of the republican party.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Mon Oct 1, 2018, 04:19 PM

5. Except for being angry and belligerent and threatening violence.

We need to match their intensity ounce for ounce, then add a few pounds that they can't match.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Mon Oct 1, 2018, 04:25 PM

6. When they go low we will kick their butts.

That is how we should deal with them
and win.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Mon Oct 1, 2018, 04:27 PM

7. Jennifer Rubin hit that one right out of the park

Bravo!

(and she's also great when she shows up as a contributor on MSNBC too)

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Mon Oct 1, 2018, 05:08 PM

9. Kick

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Mon Oct 1, 2018, 05:42 PM

10. ...and they will make good fodder for the 2020 election.

This is going to be a 2 step wave.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Mon Oct 1, 2018, 11:37 PM

11. It's what they always have done - no matter what happens

Everything feeds a positive-feedback loop that pushes them in that direction.

Win an election: Move farther to the right
Lose an election: Move farther to the right.
Get indicted: Move farther to the right.
Stock market up: Move farther to the right
Stock market down: Move farther to the right.
War: Move farther to the right.
No War: Move farther to the right.
Mass shooting: Move farther to the right.
Sex scandal: Move farther to the right.

There is sort of a version of "Moores Law" for the GOP. They get twice as bat-shit-crazy every 18 months.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2018, 12:26 AM

12. Reduce them and make them irrelevant.

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