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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 08:33 AM

Joe Conason: Defeated And Dazed, Are The Republicans Ready For Their Own Bill Clinton?

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Defeated And Dazed, Are The Republicans Ready For Their Own Bill Clinton?
November 8th, 2012 6:59 pm Joe Conason

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Setting aside the merits of the various positions that Clinton espoused as both candidate and president, voters came to see him as the symbol of a renewed Democratic Party they could trust (and clearly many still do). What would Republicans have to do to regain the trust they have forfeited since the Reagan era?

As a first step, a Republican Clinton surely would instruct them to face the demographic realities that no American can ignore. This country’s future politics will reflect its changing complexion, no longer dominated by a white majority but reflecting the growing plurality of Latinos, African-Americans, Asian-Americans and others.

Repelled by the arrant racism in the Tea Party movement and the evidence of broader nativism in the GOP, these groups become increasingly dedicated to the Democrats with each successive election. If that same habit obtains among their children, the Republicans are truly doomed in this century.


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Those able to face reality ought to ponder their party’s allergy to math, displayed most ridiculously in this election by the non-arithmetical budget proposals of the Romney/Ryan ticket and the hissy fit over Nate Silver’s New York Times polling analysis. In the same frame they might reconsider the “war on science” they have waged over the past decade or so, ranging from the irresponsible rejection of climate change to the faith-based idiocy of “creationism” to the sexist mythology of “legitimate rape.” Treating the public as stupid and uninformed eventually makes you stupid and uninformed.

There are plenty of stupid and uninformed voters, as the birther controversy demonstrated. But there is another, smarter demographic group whose shunning of the Republicans is ominous for them: the young. Combined with the old racial and ethnic animus, the enduring homophobia, the 1950s perspective on sexuality, abortion, and contraception, the GOP attitude toward science and math simply brands the party as “old and busted,” meaning anti-modern. So does the smug condescension often directed against the working poor and the unemployed—the “47 percent”—which strikes most young people as unwarranted, unrealistic, and ugly.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 08:43 AM

1. Stop giving them advice. F*** 'em.


Let them go into the dustbin of history as a failed experiment by the rich.

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Response to democrat_patriot (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:47 AM

4. If they have to ditch far-right views, one of the ideological poles will die.


So it's probably not such a bad idea.

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Response to democrat_patriot (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 10:03 AM

9. We need a valid opposition party. The GOP isn't one.

But absolute power corrupts absolutely. Democrats, too, can lose their bearings.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 08:59 AM

2. The title and content don't match. He never did say who the Republican Bill Clinton was supposed

to be. They now have Rush as the head of the party-don't know who they could get that could hold a candle to President Clinton.

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Response to patricia92243 (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:24 AM

3. Last para., he said there wasn't one, but they sure could use one. nt

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:49 AM

5. There aren't any of them anywhere near as smart as Clinton.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:52 AM

6. we`ll see what happens in two years.....

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:53 AM

7. The biggest problem with the GOP is, they drove off any potential GOP Bill Clintons years ago.

 

Well, that and the fact that any GOP presidential candidate who could be that pragmatic would lose miserably in the GOP primary process.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:53 AM

8. Well, their latest attempt to re-erect a new Reagan failed miserably.

So, now they want a Clinton?

They better be careful what they wish for because there's still a Clinton who could run.

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