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Response to edhopper (Original post)

Sat Sep 12, 2020, 12:58 PM

14. The Trumpist GOP base didn't really like Dubya at that point

They weren't big on the neocon Pax Americana agenda to start with. For them, Iraq was an opportunity to kill Muslims and bash leftists. One of the few things Dubya did right was to actively condemn their overt bigotry, which caused big beneath-the-surface cracks in both white nationalism land and Christian fundie land.

By the time Katrina happened, they saw Dubya as weak. He wasn't bashing leftists enough, he wasn't leaning hard into crypto-white nationalism, he was only tepidly pushing for an Evangelical theocracy. Meanwhile, everything from Iraq to Katrina was clearly a failure, and the conservative entertainment complex wasn't quite airtight enough for them to keep that fact from entering their consciousness.

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