‘If Trump is the monster, the Establishment is Dr. Frankenstein’

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In this morning’s musings about the future of the Republican Party, I wrote about the danger created when a party’s vision of the world “turns out to be irreconcilable with reality.”

Not long after posting the piece, I ran across the perfect example of those irreconcilable differences courtesy of David Limbaugh at Townhall. In a column headlined “The Establishment Birthed Trump,” Limbaugh lays out a compelling if utterly dystopian view of the United States as it is seen through conservative eyes:

“It’s hard to overstate Americans’ concern for the state of the nation. Horrified by President Obama’s Sherman-esque march through America, they are tired of hearing that nothing can be done. They are through with empty promises from establishment politicians.

People are tired of Obama’s pitting blacks against whites, women against men, gays against heterosexuals, rich against poor, non-taxpayers against taxpayers, citizens against cops and non-Christians against Christians. They can no longer stomach Obama’s apologizing for America and excusing terrorists while rushing to attack Christians at every turn.

People are sick of being called racists for things that happened in this country before they were born or before they could vote, for opposing Obama’s destructive agenda, or for simply being Republicans. They abhor the war on cops orchestrated by racial hucksters and pandering politicians. They are incredulous that any president would deliberately engineer America’s decline and degrade our military. They are tired of the nation’s chief executive officer’s flouting laws and thwarting the people’s will.

Americans are sick of Obama’s trashing America’s founding, assaulting capitalism, and bellowing about man-made global warming as a pretense to impose more liberty-smothering regulations. They are nauseated by politicians who are more interested in bipartisanship with scofflaws than with saving the nation.”

It goes on from there, but you get the drift.

Now, three things are true about that statement:

1.) Conservatives honestly and sincerely see it that way. The version of America described by Limbaugh is the version of America that has been blasted at them for years now by talk radio, Fox News, mass e-mails, conservative websites and other sources. That dark, apocalyptic version of America has been useful to the GOP establishment as a means to get the base to vote and to donate, but by this point conservatives have internalized it to such a point that it is no longer possible to even debate its accuracy with them.

2.) On the other hand, the picture of America painted by Limbaugh is unrecognizable, even laughable, to those outside the conservative echo chamber. It simply bears no resemblance to mainstream reality. The same Barack Obama whom Limbaugh accuses of a “Sherman-esque march through America” and a plot to “deliberately engineer America’s decline” has a job approval rating of 49 percent in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, with 47 percent disapproving. Obama’s approval rating is 16 points higher than that of President Bush at the same point in his presidency. And even a good number of those who disapprove of Obama’s performance on traditional policy grounds would still recoil at charges that he has “attacked Christians at every turn,” fomented a war on cops or “assaulted capitalism.” (In fact, a plurality of Americans now approve of Obama’s performance in handling the economy.)

3.) However, if you are among those who do honestly subscribe to the vision of America painted by Limbaugh, then of course you are deeply frustrated with leaders in your party. By the logic of the world in which you reside, you have every right to be. Your leaders have told you that Obama poses an extremely dire threat to liberty, prosperity and Christianity, yet when it comes time to take action, they insist on treating Obama as if he were just another Democratic president. They don’t seem to get the desperation of the moment.

“Every other week, we face a new existential threat to the nation,” as Limbaugh puts it, “threats perpetrated or enabled by Obama and the Washington establishment. But the establishment meets these perils with barely disguised indifference.”

In short, the GOP establishment is acting as if it doesn’t really believe the narrative that they’ve been spinning all these years. It’s acting as if the story has gotten away from them, as if it has become bigger and more powerful than they calculated, and is now pushing them to take actions that they know would be disastrous for the party and the country.

“If Trump is a monster, the establishment is Dr. Frankenstein.” Limbaugh’s words, not mine.

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Kamchak
Kamchak

"...after kamchak made a condeming(sic) statement against them..."

Condemn the kkk?

Damn right I'll condemn them.

RLSmith
RLSmith

So, best I can tell from perusing Jay's blogs, there are about ten regulars that agree with his fixation on Trump and the republicans.  Must have you pitiful libs a bit worried.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@RLSmith Worried about what exactly?  Do tell us what we're supposed to be worried about.

Normd
Normd

@ByteMe @RLSmith 


I'm worried that I'm right about trump.  I would love to see a one on one debate between him and Hillary.  I'd pay good money for that.  LOL

RLSmith
RLSmith

@ByteMe @RLSmith Just I stated, Jay and you whiners fixate on Trump while the dems can choose from a lying, incompetent egomaniac (Hill), a socialist (Sanders), who I like because he stands behind what he believes and O'Malley, who is ignored.  Like I said - pitiful.

Normd
Normd

Good morning to all y'all...


Ol Donald's "fund raiser" last night on the deck of the USS Iowa...an insult to all Navy vets, was for a one man Pac who helped him out when he made the McCain's no hero thing.  t*t for tat?  You tell me, but I do know he was supposed to give a detailed policy speech, but it was just the same ol' same ol'.


This thing last night just is one more bit of proof to me that he is scared of winning and will keep doing dumb things until he has to leave...and blame it on others too stupid to see his greatness...lol Watch and see folks, watch and see...

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Normd

 he is scared of winning and will keep doing dumb things until he has to leave

probably right about that.

ByteMe
ByteMe

TRUMP IS COOKIE MONSTER!!


Mnnummm, mnummm, mnummm, mnummmm.....

ByteMe
ByteMe

@Visual_Cortex Sorry, can't get worked up about his misogynism when so many of the other candidates are true masters of the art of screwing over women.  He's at least the only one who is willing to say that cutting funds for women's health is a bad idea.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@ByteMe @Visual_Cortex

Fair point. He's also said that PP does great things (And then almost as an after thought he adds "but I hate Teh Borshunz.")

I really dunno just how far to go in condemning his rhetoric. 

Obviously the racist, anti-immigrant stuff is the stuff of Bund rallies and needs to be called out. But if you look at where he actually claims to stand on actual issues--I'll say it again--he'd be the least awful of the GOPers actually running.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@Visual_Cortex And the most entertaining by far.  And that's what the righties seem to need: someone "strong" who keeps them riled up but who they know will eventually totally disappoint them.  It's a win-win for them... they get to be all angry along with him now and then later they can claim they knew all along he wasn't a "conservative" while still voting for him.  You'd feel bad for them, except they do it to themselves.

lvg
lvg

Rinse a Peanus and his travelling Circus featuring the Trump monster and his  human cannonball act aimed at other candidates

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Trump's more like Jekyll and Hyde...a Democrat one day, a Republican the next.

Conservatives honestly and sincerely see it that way.

Do tell, jay! A bit sloppy with your paint brush, eh? 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@FIGMO2

Setting aside the whole "Can we ever say 'conservatives like this' or 'liberals like that' without some kind of conditional terms" issue we've discussed in here (and that's a valid point of discussion)--

Is Jay really broad-brushing with that Point #1 of his? Do, shall we say, many, perhaps even most, who self-identify as "conservative" in America today, not believe in the version of America described by Limbaugh is, in fact, an accurate representation?

I certainly wish they didn't, but I see little evidence to suggest otherwise.



lvg
lvg

@Visual_Cortex @FIGMO2 Any representation of any party or person by the Limbaugh brothers is to be taken with the same value as used toilet paper.Only you would spend time analyzing it as gospel

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@lvg @Visual_Cortex @FIGMO2

Only you would spend time analyzing it as gospel

wait, what?

Let's try this again.

Do many, perhaps even most, American conservatives accept the Limbaughs' vision of America as basically accurate? That's the issue here, that Figmo's raised.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

by the by, if you go to those State Debt Ranks from that website td1234 is so fond of? 

http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/compare_state_spending_2015pH0d

You'll see, if you combine state AND local debt, CA with 17.74% isn't in quite so good a shape in comparison to all the rest--they come in 14th from the bottom. But below them are such GOP-run states as Kansas, Louisiana, Alaska, South Carolina and Kentucky.

So again, I don't really see any great point to be made at CA's expense when it comes to fiscal responsibility.

Lastly, it wouldn't appear that the debt load has much if any correlation to economic growth, if such things are important to you.

PudHead
PudHead

Yeah Jay is lost in another reality again, must really suck to be a democrat, all you can do is bash other peoples beliefs, but aren’t the democrats the all-inclusive party? RLOL, but wait the party that created the KKK must have some pretty strong opinions right? OK, I get it, you have no candidate so you must bash Trump, why not support Hillary and or Bernie, and they are both so honest and trustworthy…. Right? LOL

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@PudHead

wait the party that created the KKK

Hey, don't knock the KKK--at least they helped a "victim" in Ferguson, at least according to our JKL2.

Peachs
Peachs

@PudHead hell I love Trump, wives are us, bankruptcy is the art of the deal, I am not bashing this guy, I think he is exactly what the real GOP is really about and he claims to be Presbyterian!  I am Presbyterian and I am so proud this guy represents that in his campaign, he has made me look at my narrow minded ideas of honesty and moral ethics.  Like some guy asked the coach at Tech during a dry period, why can't we just cheat like everybody else.  

JKLtwo
JKLtwo

@Visual_Cortex @PudHead People helping an innocent victim = evil.

Religious figure using tragedy to line their own pocket = good.

and I'm "especially egregious" for disagreeing with your logic in that.  

Stay classy vc

honested
honested

@PudHead 

Can you identify any errors in Jay's comparison of reality against wrong-wing hyperbole?

Certainly you must be aware this has been the case ever since raygun destabilized Central America and distorted United States Foreign policy to protect the wealth of established classes in other countries over protecting the human rights of people around the world.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@honested @PudHead 

"certainly you must be aware"


I think that's where you went off the rails, especially with this particular blogger.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@JKLtwo @Visual_Cortex @PudHead

innocent victim

Darren Wilson is not an "innocent victim." He's a former cop who got scared and shot an unarmed teenager, and who shouldn't, AFAIK, have ever been a cop.

Religious figure using tragedy to line their own pocket = good.

which you chose to "verify" by believing the tweets from two (2) guys quoted at one (1) right wing website.

Stay classy vc

If I feel I ever have to sing the praises of a right wing domestic terror organization just to denigrate some public figure I don't care for, you can feel free to let me know of my error. Until then yeah, I will feel I am a classier individual than you, with some degree of justification.

lvg
lvg

@PudHead Yeah Jay is totally lost if he is quoting from gasbag Rush's brother without even mentioning the connection.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@JKLtwo @Visual_Cortex @PudHead

What "truth?

You mean that one pathetic cite -- two Tweets that you accepted as the gospel -- you could dig up to try to justify your ridiculous praise for the KKK? 

That "truth"? 

JKLtwo
JKLtwo

@Visual_Cortex @JKLtwo @PudHead Sorry you are so stuck on being a racist that can't see good in anyone.  You must be one of the people who protested David Koch building a $100M hospital.  Because he's "evil"...

Pointing out a group's generosity after kamchak made a comdeming statement against them is "ridiculous praise" and "especially egregious".  What a sad little person you are.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@td1234

CA has a $454 BILLION debt  [blah, blah..., reposted for what was about the third time IIRC]

I'm not sure why you are so impressed by your raw numbers. 

If you check something that's actually useful, like say the percentage of GDP

from your very own resource that you keep quoting?

http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/compare_state_spending_2015pF0d

It looks like Cali's percentage of 6.47% is lower than, say, Scott Walker's Wisconsin (8.11%). Or Christie Kreme's New Jersey (12.35%). Or Bobby Jindal's Louisiana (9.22%)

In fairness, John Kasich's Ohio is sooo much less indebted than Cali--6.22%.


Peachs
Peachs

Seems to me if we are this powerful nation, that can do anything it wants including defy gravity, that Obama could work out something on this death thing.  I don't like the idea of death, and why Obama insist that every citizen must die is beyond me. And then he makes us pay for the funeral and those of others that can't bury themselves. Any fool can look at death and see it is not a good idea, it is socialism at its roots, no one get out of it, why have it. 

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

Who is looking forward to tonight's episode of Super Duper Crazy Cons? I know I am. And I'll bet that St Reagan is already throwing up in his grave.

honested
honested

@Eye wonder 

I just hope they all have to wear giant shoes and rubber noses and drive the car up on stage for everyone to pile out.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Eye wonder

I'll probably plug it again later, but the guys at the Majority Report


http://majority.fm/


...have pledged to provide real-time commentary along with, hopefully, a real-time video feed of the event. So that's where I might be enjoying my popcorn.


(for the first debate, Fox News apparently took umbrage at their unlicensed video feed and cut them off, since Fox had claimed exclusive airing rights. Come to think of it, that's probably got a lot to do with why their ratings quite were so high--people had no other choice but to watch it on FNC. But I understand CNN's not going that route, and that you'll be able to watch the debate elsewhere if you wish.)

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Flexing its muscles amid a bitter congressional fight over the U.S. Export-Import Bank, General Electric Co on Tuesday revealed plans to shift up to 500 U.S. manufacturing jobs to Europe and China because it can no longer access EXIM financing.


More jobs destroyed by Republicans.

JoelEdge
JoelEdge

I disagree with Limbaugh. Where he wrote 'Obama', he should have written 'Democrat party'.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@JoelEdge

Well you make sure he knows that he should be a bit harsher with his broad-brush condemnation of the "Democrat party." Can't hurt to remind him now and again.

Gmare
Gmare

Back to earlier when various names were presented of semi celebrities endorsing trump, Scott Baio came to mind. So I googled to make sure he is still alive. Turns out he is and is supporting walker. I don't know whether to laugh at his ignorance or at the fact that I even remember his name!

Kamchak
Kamchak

Oh joy, I have a stalker.

Yipe yipe.

foo2u
foo2u

Your leg humper doesn't seem very smart...

Yipe yipe..

Derp...

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

Ha ha, your just saying that cause you want to get lucky...

gotalife
gotalife

No reason to balance the budgets to make cons feel better.


They just blow it out again.

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@gotalife --  Word.  Dems clean up the mess; then a conned clown comes right behind them and makes a bigger mess.