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Tue May 21, 2019, 04:14 AM

The GOP Has Officially Jumped the Shark

Republicans invariably rely on three issues to rile-up their voters: Christianity, guns, and/or abortion. And when they pulled the abortion issue out of their asses these past few weeks, it was a signal that two out of those three issues are no longer viable as vote-getters.

Playing the Christianity card is a tad difficult when the “pResident” you’re shilling for is a thrice married, self-declared ‘pussy grabber’ who paid off mistresses in order to secure their silence – and who lied repeatedly about those payoffs, only to be exposed in the end.

In view of the rise in the number of school shootings, claiming to be the party that protects gun-owners doesn’t play well with anyone right now. That’s a given.

So that leaves the third option to pound the podium over – abortion. And the sudden resurgence of the argument over a woman’s right to choose can only mean one thing: there are no other options left to try and capture the traditional Republican voter.

I’m sure this tack looked good on the drawing board. “We can’t appeal to the gun nuts, and we can’t appeal to the holier-than-thou Christians. So let’s go full throttle on the anti-choice crowd, and hope for the best.”

The problem here is obvious. The majority of the country overwhelmingly believes that Roe v Wade is settled law, and have no desire to change it. Ergo, the desperation of the Republican powers-that-be is on full display. Despite anti-choice being as unpopular as the bubonic plague, the GOP has dragged it out in a last-ditch effort to appeal to their voting base.

Of course, the ”But we want to protect the unborn!” message is considered ludicrous by people who know that the already-born are being denied the assistance that feeds them, educates them, and provides them affordable healthcare.

The Republican men who are suddenly enacting draconian laws that limit a woman’s right to choose are not doing so in response to their constituents demanding such legislation. They are doing it in response to their party’s desperation, their last hope of ginning-up support for a political agenda that relies on non-existent outrage.

It’s not only a tell – it is the most telling ‘tell’ in political history. When you are desperate enough to try to appeal to the minority of your base, you have confirmed the fact that you have no one else to appeal to, and nowhere else to go for political coverage. It is a sign that even you know that along with having to defy the law in order to defend the traitor you placed in the White House, the stench of your party’s flop-sweat is all-pervasive among the voting public.

If there is anyone left among the Republican party’s PTB who think you can rally your voting base around the banner of restricting women’s rights, you might want to think that through – in the same way you should have thought it through before putting a treasonous, lying, obviously corrupt fucking idiot in the White House to begin with.

You can rant and rail all you want about saving the unborn. But as long as you’re the party that locks immigrant children in cages, ‘loses’ said children, and can’t explain the deaths of said children, your rants fall on deaf ears.

Watching your slow-but-sure demise is beyond satisfying, GOP – and your latest oh-so-obvious desperation is just icing on what was already shaping up to be a truly delicious cake.

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NanceGreggs May 21 OP
True Blue American May 21 #1
empedocles May 21 #2
LenaBaby61 May 21 #3
rampartc May 21 #4
NanceGreggs May 21 #16
rampartc May 21 #19
Achilleaze May 21 #5
gademocrat7 May 21 #6
Arkansas Granny May 21 #7
Bernardo de La Paz May 21 #8
PuraVidaDreamin May 21 #9
Trumpocalypse May 21 #10
Martin Eden May 21 #11
safeinOhio May 21 #12
voteearlyvoteoften May 21 #13
dlk May 21 #14
DownriverDem May 21 #15
rampartc May 21 #20
ecstatic May 21 #17
Blue_true May 21 #18
Elston May 22 #21

Response to NanceGreggs (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 04:25 AM

1. Not to mention

Gutting the programs that help so many of the children to live after they are born.

That dog don’t hunt.

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Response to NanceGreggs (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 04:47 AM

2. Agreed. The GOP and traitortrump are desperate. Also, they will fight desperately.

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Response to NanceGreggs (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 05:04 AM

3. "The GOP Has Officially Jumped the Shark."

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Response to NanceGreggs (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 05:05 AM

4. they certainly have not given up on guns or christianity

and anti abortion is a winner for them in the southern states.

where they are "jumping the shark" is war. and even that will work in their favor short term (the futility and expense of an iran quagmire may not be apparent until after 2020.)

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Response to rampartc (Reply #4)

Tue May 21, 2019, 09:27 PM

16. When was the last time ...

... you heard a Republican say "Don't vote for Democrats because they want to take your guns away"?

They're not touching that - because they'd be seen as defending mass shootings. So for right now, the gun people are keeping a low profile.

As for pushing the GOP as the party of Christian values - kind of hard to do when your "pResident" is a living example of anti-Christian behaviour, like lying, grabbin' pussies and paying off porn stars.

Threatening war won't work this time around. The GOP are still getting blow-back for the mess they made by invading Iraq. Besides, when the C-in-C is General Bonespurs, it's not a topic you want to run on.

Abortion is their last shot - casting Democrats as "baby killers" as the GOP wrap themselves in the "sanctity of life" mantel. Only problem there - and it's a YUGE, BIGLY problem - is that the vast majority of Americans want Roe-v-Wade upheld.

The Republicans are simply out of viable options.



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Response to NanceGreggs (Reply #16)

Tue May 21, 2019, 11:07 PM

19. i hope you are right

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Response to NanceGreggs (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 05:05 AM

5. The republican Tax Cuts for the Rich don't play so well, either

At least not with honest, decent, hardworking American citizens. I'm just sayin...

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Response to NanceGreggs (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 06:01 AM

6. K&R

The GOP is a despicable lot.

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Response to NanceGreggs (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 06:10 AM

7. K & R

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Response to NanceGreggs (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 06:16 AM

8. Well written and great point. One of your best essays. . . . nt

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Response to NanceGreggs (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 06:54 AM

9. Very nice essay, but there is one more

Overly crazed patriotism. And The mere thought of what Tonkin-like maneuver
To rev up the war drums as a deflect and distract tactic is anxiety provoking.

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Response to NanceGreggs (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 07:08 AM

10. No they rely on 4 issues

The 3 you mentioned and outright hatred of Liberals/progressives/Democrats.

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Response to NanceGreggs (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 07:21 AM

11. "last ditch effort" -- or flexing their muscles?

Last time I checked, the GOP controlled the Senate, the White House, the Supreme Court, and most state governments.

Their push to overturn Roe has been a decades long campaign, and more than anything else it is what keeps the evangelical base in the Republican Party.

Nance, much of your argument is very logical -- from the perspective of logic and reason.

All that went out the window with the ascent of Trumpism. We are through the looking glass. I was perversely pleased when Trump won the GOP nomination because I thought surely this sociopath doesn't have a chance to win, and he will drag the rest of the Republican Party down with him.

Instead, they won all branches of government.

Trump may yet drag them down and these draconian anti-abortion laws may be an overreach producing a backlash that builds on the Blue Wave of 2018.

But we're a long way from celebrating the demise of these Christo-fascists. We are in a battle for our lives and for the heart and soul of America .

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Response to NanceGreggs (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 07:50 AM

12. This 1999 video needs to play over and over.

He is just another politician pandering to a group of voters...


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Response to NanceGreggs (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 07:51 AM

13. Good essay

Thank you Nance

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Response to NanceGreggs (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 12:51 PM

14. If it's Truly About "Sanctity of Life," Then Why are Discarded IVF Embryos Exempt from These Laws?

This is all about patriarchy, white male supremacy and keeping women second class citizens with limited rights.

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Response to NanceGreggs (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 08:50 PM

15. If/when Roe goes down

it will return to the states like it was before. We know abortion will still be legal in New York and California. I hope there would be more states. Wherever they are, there will be women who would need help traveling there. A non-profit to raise money for travel needs would really be a help. It's insane that we have to fight this fight again.

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Response to DownriverDem (Reply #15)

Tue May 21, 2019, 11:18 PM

20. abortion will still be legal, for a while, in new york and calihornia

they will ban "interstate commerce" by a law agaunst crossing state lines for immoral purposes." and they will concentrate their anti clinic activities (includung bombing and murder) to the states where abortion is legal.

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Response to NanceGreggs (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 09:39 PM

17. True, but the laws were passed. In 6 months, women will be 2nd and 3rd class citizens.

How long will it take to fight these draconian laws through the courts, and how many women will die while waiting for justice? At the end of the day, we can analyze why the GOP does what it does, but they still have the upper hand right now. They control the courts and elections.

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Response to NanceGreggs (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 09:53 PM

18. Modern republicans (racists, immigrant haters, ect) have never been about morals.

Their goal is to bludgeon away that which they hate or which scares them.

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Response to NanceGreggs (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 09:13 AM

21. Thanks for this Nance

Besides Christianity, guns, and/or abortion, there is one other issue rolled out by the GOP almost simultaneously. TORT REFORM. Usually, pushed by the American Tort Reform Association - an organization made up largely of corporate entities.

"Tort reform will lower your insurance premiums." Of course, it never does.

ATRA was created by tobacco industry money funneled through the DC lawfirm of Covington and Burling.

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