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Sun Aug 2, 2015, 10:42 AM

 

In the Age of Trump, Will Democrats Sell Out More, Or Less?

In the Age of Trump, Will Democrats Sell Out More, Or Less?


Over the weekend, polls showed that that the Trump-fueled collapse of the Republican Party is reaching historic depths. According to CNN, the GOP's approval rating is now down to 32 percent, the lowest level in over two decades. It probably won't be trending up anytime soon, either, now that the Trump campaign is turning "you can't rape your spouse" into this week's political catchphrase.

Theoretically, the collapse of the GOP should mean we can ease up on the whole "we must accept the lesser evil" argument. After all, the Greater Evil is now shooting itself in the face on TV every day.

We saw a preview of how this rotten dynamic will work last week, when former Democratic congressman and current Signature Bank board member Barney Frank wrote a piece for Politico entitled "Why Progressives Shouldn't Support Bernie."

When the Democrats had a legitimate electoral threat in the Republicans to wave in front of their voters, they used that as currency to buy their voters' indulgence as they deregulated Wall Street, widened the drug war, abandoned unions in favor of free-trade deals and other horrors, and vastly increased the prison population, among innumerable other things.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/in-age-of-trump-will-democrats-sell-out-more-or-less-20150728#ixzz3hfWqAkIn

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FreakinDJ Aug 2015 OP
Turchinsky Aug 2015 #1
FreakinDJ Aug 2015 #3
Armstead Aug 2015 #2
FreakinDJ Aug 2015 #4
HFRN Aug 2015 #5
djean111 Aug 2015 #6
tularetom Aug 2015 #7
FreakinDJ Aug 2015 #8
Agnosticsherbet Aug 2015 #9

Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sun Aug 2, 2015, 10:44 AM

1. Trump won't get past the FEC requirement that he disclose..

 

He'll drop after his bomb in the GOP debate.

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Response to Turchinsky (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 2, 2015, 10:45 AM

3. This is the Heart of the article

 

The Democrats could take this godsend of a Trump situation and use it as an opportunity to finally have a healthy primary season debate about what they want to stand for in the future. But nah to that. They'll probably just hoover donor cash and use press surrogates to bash progressives the way they always have. Trump or no Trump, if politicians don't have to work for your vote, they won't.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/in-age-of-trump-will-democrats-sell-out-more-or-less-20150728#ixzz3hfXfEI

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sun Aug 2, 2015, 10:44 AM

2. I almost posted that a while back

 

Matt Taiebi (spelling?) usually manages to hit the nail on the head.

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Response to Armstead (Reply #2)

Sun Aug 2, 2015, 10:46 AM

4. He most certainly did

 

Thanks for the TPP

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sun Aug 2, 2015, 10:51 AM

5. if they can sell out more

 

they will sell out more

simple as that

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sun Aug 2, 2015, 10:57 AM

6. This - this is what I am sick and tired of -

 

When the Democrats had a legitimate electoral threat in the Republicans to wave in front of their voters, they used that as currency to buy their voters' indulgence as they deregulated Wall Street, widened the drug war, abandoned unions in favor of free-trade deals and other horrors, and vastly increased the prison population, among innumerable other things.


Not buying in to that any damned more.

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sun Aug 2, 2015, 10:59 AM

7. Yes, Democrats will sell out, more or less.



See? It's just a matter of comma placement.

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Response to tularetom (Reply #7)

Sun Aug 2, 2015, 11:03 AM

8. +1000

 

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Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sun Aug 2, 2015, 11:12 AM

9. Congressional approval has consistently remained at 20% or less.

Republicans won the house and the Senate and have stranglehold on legislation.

This happened after the collapse in 2006 and 2008 when the media talked about the end of the Republican party.

The same media considered that, after 2000, the Democratic Party was dead, and the Republicans and the media openly discussed a permanent Republican majority.

Until someone sets up a headstone beside the Whigs and the Federalists we should keep in mind what Twain said premature reports or a death.

My opinion of the whole "lesser of two evils" arguments is that it is just another form of voter supression. It discourages people from voting by aruging that everyone is fucking evil and if they don't get their perfect candidate, they should stand on principal and stay at home.

Opinions may vary.

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