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(15,159 posts)
Thu Feb 9, 2023, 03:14 PM Feb 2023

Why are Republicans such dicks? Here's James Carville's answer.

I've posted this question as an OP many times over the years. And then I'd go into some long-winded reasons.

Last night, James Carville was interviewed by Ari Melber and was asked the same question (in a more polite way).

James' answer was: "Because there's more white trash in the Republican Party than ever before."

Shakespeare said, "Brevity is the soul of wit." Perhaps Carville nailed it with his politically incorrect observation.

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Why are Republicans such dicks? Here's James Carville's answer. (Original Post) Cyrano Feb 2023 OP
Well, I guess that's harsh LakeArenal Feb 2023 #1
I believe he was referring to Republicans who hold office, not their voters Cyrano Feb 2023 #2
Or as I like to say: Salviati Feb 2023 #6
I've said this many times... Dickster Feb 2023 #22
Well I sure DownriverDem Feb 2023 #8
The breakers and the gamers. cilla4progress Feb 2023 #3
You don't have to be poor tavernier Feb 2023 #24
I never mentioned the word poor. LakeArenal Feb 2023 #25
Yup, I was agreeing with your post. tavernier Feb 2023 #28
Ooops sorry. LakeArenal Feb 2023 #29
From the country club to the evangelical church. betsuni Feb 2023 #4
I think it's more like: They've got nothing else. Sky Jewels Feb 2023 #5
You've nailed it. WestMichRad Feb 2023 #19
Was Carville's statement "politically incorrect?" Cyrano Feb 2023 #7
Ain't that the truth! Also the truth: what James Carville KPN Feb 2023 #11
Along with DENVERPOPS Feb 2023 #13
Can a political, correct statement even be politically incorrect? n/t whopis01 Feb 2023 #21
Trash is a compliment. Joinfortmill Feb 2023 #9
That was my thought. rubbersole Feb 2023 #17
👍 Joinfortmill Feb 2023 #26
white trash equals dittohead. this rotting of the GOP is very easy to explain. it's the fucking certainot Feb 2023 #10
Country Club Republicans are almost as disgusting. gordianot Feb 2023 #12
And yet, he married into the Republican party. intheflow Feb 2023 #14
I prefer richard cranium as my go to name for repukes The Jungle 1 Feb 2023 #15
Good one! bif Feb 2023 #16
Run with it. The Jungle 1 Feb 2023 #18
too general treestar Feb 2023 #20
My answer would be Rebl2 Feb 2023 #23
James is notorious for telling it like it is...... spanone Feb 2023 #27


(29,154 posts)
1. Well, I guess that's harsh
Thu Feb 9, 2023, 03:18 PM
Feb 2023

Actually there are some very savvy rich educated people that are manipulating uninformed, fearful, societal “victims”.

Not all white trash. But the most dangerous of the lot.


(6,014 posts)
6. Or as I like to say:
Thu Feb 9, 2023, 03:53 PM
Feb 2023

It is inevitable that a party for idiot assholes will eventually become a party of idiot assholes.


(104 posts)
22. I've said this many times...
Thu Feb 9, 2023, 06:08 PM
Feb 2023

Not all Republicans are a$$holes, but every a$$hole that I know is a republican!


(25,103 posts)
3. The breakers and the gamers.
Thu Feb 9, 2023, 03:24 PM
Feb 2023

As usual, Prof. Snyder nails it. "American Abyss," NY Times essay, 1/9/21 NO PAYWALL



When Donald Trump stood before his followers on Jan. 6 and urged them to march on the United States Capitol, he was doing what he had always done. He never took electoral democracy seriously nor accepted the legitimacy of its American version.

Even when he won, in 2016, he insisted that the election was fraudulent — that millions of false votes were cast for his opponent. In 2020, in the knowledge that he was trailing Joseph R. Biden in the polls, he spent months claiming that the presidential election would be rigged and signaling that he would not accept the results if they did not favor him. He wrongly claimed on Election Day that he had won and then steadily hardened his rhetoric: With time, his victory became a historic landslide and the various conspiracies that denied it ever more sophisticated and implausible.

People believed him, which is not at all surprising. It takes a tremendous amount of work to educate citizens to resist the powerful pull of believing what they already believe, or what others around them believe, or what would make sense of their own previous choices. Plato noted a particular risk for tyrants: that they would be surrounded in the end by yes-men and enablers. Aristotle worried that, in a democracy, a wealthy and talented demagogue could all too easily master the minds of the populace. Aware of these risks and others, the framers of the Constitution instituted a system of checks and balances. The point was not simply to ensure that no one branch of government dominated the others but also to anchor in institutions different points of view.

Sky Jewels

(7,344 posts)
5. I think it's more like: They've got nothing else.
Thu Feb 9, 2023, 03:29 PM
Feb 2023

The GQP's positions on actual issues are unpopular. The majority of Americans want what Democrats want: abortion rights, fair taxation, strong public education, environmental protections, etc. etc. The Republican Taliban can't get people to vote against their own interests and prop up the oligarchs by being honest about their agenda. The only thing they have is nutty propaganda and manufactured outrage that plays into the toxic-masculinity, misogyny, racism, anti-intellectualism, and religious insanity of their loony base. And they just keep ramping it up, because they are facing an uphill battle with demographics as the very white and conservative Silent Generation dwindles and the population turns ever browner and progressive Gen Z becomes an ever larger part of the voting bloc.


(1,429 posts)
19. You've nailed it.
Thu Feb 9, 2023, 05:51 PM
Feb 2023

Since their feeble policy positions have little merit (I’m being charitable here), the GQP pols are trying to be influencers rather than making any serious attempt to govern. And the direction they want to push society is to white christian nationalism. Being dicks is a fair part of that territory.


(15,159 posts)
7. Was Carville's statement "politically incorrect?"
Thu Feb 9, 2023, 04:06 PM
Feb 2023

It seems to me that, after the Republican shit-show at the SOTU, the phrase "politically incorrect" has lost all meaning.


(15,799 posts)
11. Ain't that the truth! Also the truth: what James Carville
Thu Feb 9, 2023, 05:04 PM
Feb 2023

said. While it may be “politically incorrect”, being nice in response to the level of dick headedness that elected Republicans and their supporters exhibit only emboldens them further. As they themselves are prone to exclaim: I say “fuck their feelings”.


(7,157 posts)
17. That was my thought.
Thu Feb 9, 2023, 05:33 PM
Feb 2023

James, what do you have against white trash? They don't try to overthrow our government when they don't win.



(9,090 posts)
10. white trash equals dittohead. this rotting of the GOP is very easy to explain. it's the fucking
Thu Feb 9, 2023, 04:53 PM
Feb 2023

radio and limbaugh was it's leader and tutor for a generation of racist liars repeating the same RW and russian think tank talking points.

unlike fox those stations are locally as well as nationally coordinated, they all learned to follow the limbaugh lead, and all GOP candidates learned the best way to win is to repeat the same crap.

it is irresponsible for the deem party not to use AI to digitize RW radio so we can be over this shit. when the radio ad industry finds out it will have to force a break up of the monopoly or lose half their advertisers


(15,324 posts)
12. Country Club Republicans are almost as disgusting.
Thu Feb 9, 2023, 05:07 PM
Feb 2023

Just remember the modern Republican variety would not be trusted to park cars for Country Club Republicans.


(28,615 posts)
14. And yet, he married into the Republican party.
Thu Feb 9, 2023, 05:14 PM
Feb 2023

And his wife's shilling for the Bushes greatly helped the country to its current disdain, distrust, and overall erosion of government functionality. I just can't with James Carville.


(82,383 posts)
20. too general
Thu Feb 9, 2023, 05:55 PM
Feb 2023

it has something to do with owning the libs. They feel entitled to win and when they don't, they are angry and want to own the libs. The country is not important, just that they win. They've lost sight of what matters.


(13,946 posts)
23. My answer would be
Thu Feb 9, 2023, 06:10 PM
Feb 2023

they are low information people and only watch 🦊 and they follow a cult. They say they are Christians, but their actions say otherwise.

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