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Wed Apr 7, 2021, 08:37 PM

Why Republicans Think They Can Regain Power Without Repudiating Trumpism

At FiveThirtyEight this week, Perry Bacon Jr. explores a very important political mystery: why a Republican Party that lost control of the White House and Congress over the last four years — and that is at the north end of a south-bound brontosaurus when it comes to demographic trends — seems so completely happy with standing pat on its ideology and leadership.

Bacon goes through multiple theories for this resistance to introspection, including activist and media love for Trump and Trumpism; rank-and-file complacency with the current direction of the GOP; Trump’s own refusal to go away; and perhaps most important, the realization that this is an old story by now, that we are looking at a “[c]ollective decision of conservative activists and Republican elected officials to stay on the anti-democratic, racist trajectory that the GOP had been on before Trump — but that he accelerated.”

Since we are talking about people operating in what is largely a winner-take-all political system, who are following a leader who professes to be all about “winning,” perhaps the most interesting reason for the manifest Republican complacency is the belief that an immediate comeback is not simply possible but likely. Some of this is a matter of degree, says Bacon:

Historically, parties have done more self-reflection and been more likely to change course when they’ve hit electoral low points….

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/why-republicans-think-they-can-regain-power-without-repudiating-trumpism/ar-BB1fpnQS?li=BB141NW3&ocid=DELLDHP



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TheRealNorth Apr 7 #2
TheRealNorth Apr 7 #4
Celerity Apr 8 #5
marble falls Apr 7 #3
Skittles Apr 8 #6

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 08:40 PM

1. GOP: "to hell with analysis and self-reflection, let's just cheat"

Hence all the Jim Crow 2.0 laws.

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Response to Fiendish Thingy (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 08:47 PM

2. "Let's just cheat"

Exactly that. It won't matter who wins if the gerrymandered legislature just throws out the votes and dictates who the winner is.

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Response to TheRealNorth (Reply #2)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 11:53 PM

4. Apparently even "Never Trumpers" are also thinking Republican legislatures may go there next

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Response to TheRealNorth (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 8, 2021, 12:29 AM

5. that is exactly where we may be headed to, unfortunately

Article. II.

Section. 1.


The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows

Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.



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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 08:51 PM

3. Because they are always stuck in the past, and usually their version of the past is embellished ...

... and "edited".

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Apr 8, 2021, 12:47 AM

6. easier for them to cheat than to actually work to get votes

FUCK THOSE FASCISTS

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