Is this what a GOP crackup would look like? Maybe so

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Bolstered by their lofty 12 percent job-approval rating — a 10-point drop just since April — congressional Republicans are itching to pick another fight with President Obama, this time by forcing another shutdown of the federal government come Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. That’s a little more than two weeks from now.

And if House Speaker John Boehner isn’t willing to lead the party over the cliff and into the abyss — if he and other Establishment Republicans keep issuing their boring warnings that anger and obstinance are no substitute for a strategy — then House Republicans are making it clear that they’ll find somebody else to take them into holy battle against the forces of darkness.

A similar dynamic is playing out in the presidential race. According to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, the candidate of the party establishment, the well-funded, well-organized Jeb Bush, is now the preferred candidate of a whopping 8 percent of GOP primary voters. The leading candidate is real estate magnate Donald Trump, at 33 percent, followed by retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 20 percent. In short, more than half of GOP primary voters are so alienated from their own establishment that they prefer presidential candidates that have never even run for dogcatcher.

“He’s going to change America,” one Trump fan told the Dallas Morning News at a raucous rally attended by 15,000 people. “Everybody wants someone other than a politician.”

I watched — or tried to watch — Trump’s speech last night. This was the crux of it:

“We’re going to have so many victories that at some point they’re going to come out of your ears! … We’re going to have so many victories, and they’re going to be great victories, and we’re going to have them all the time, because we have an amazing country. We have a country that is dying to, that just wants to have victory. We don’t have wins anymore. We don’t have it.”

And the crowd went crazy.  Policy, issues, platforms, government experience — none of it matters. What matters is the strong man on the white stallion, promising to make things better by simply being the strong man on the white stallion.

I’ve never witnessed the dissolution of a major political party — it’s been something that you only read about in the history books, like steamboats and dueling. But watching the GOP leadership crisis bubbling up in Washington, and the continued dominance of Trump out on the campaign trail, I’m beginning to wonder if this is what it might look like. History tells us that it doesn’t happen because the opposing party, in this case the Democrats, is so successful. It happens because of tensions and differences within the party itself that turn out to be irreconcilable with reality.

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JoelEdge
JoelEdge

"...in this case the Democrats, is so successful."

How's that Hillary coronation coming, Bookman?

Peachs
Peachs

You look at a poor man V. Sanders, rolled up sleeves, average looking wife, grass root support, and if your were a stranger looking in on the election you would think he must be the conservative, humble, old and always with a tie on. 

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

V?? Its Bernie Sanders... Yep, you're drinking... Put the car keys down..

Peachs
Peachs

The things that stay the same disappear, they don't believe in science practice a poor man's religion, broke every rule from marriage, family, dress and conservative life styles that their ancestors did right, and made up the rules as they went along, no wonder they are going down the drain. 

td1234
td1234

Wall street scared of Trump and the real conservative movement. 


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Wall Street’s wealthy donors didn’t see the Donald Trump’s populist wave coming — and they’re “terrified,” according to Politico.

“I don’t know anyone who is a Donald Trump supporter [and] I don’t know anyone who knows anyone who is a Donald Trump supporter,” said the CEO of one large Wall Street firm.

“They are like this huge mystery group… So it’s a combination of shock and bewilderment. No one really knows why this is happening… Right now people think Trump is pretty hilarious but the longer it goes on the more frightening it gets,” the CEO said.

That’s very different from 2012, when Wall Streeters knew they could ignore the “Occupy Movement.” That group was under the back-room control of senior Democrats who would redirect the movement in exchange for campaign donations. After the 2012 election cycle, the occupy movement quietly faded away.

But the high-IQ CEOs, who skillfully earn billions of dollars by carefully tracking slight and fleeting shifts in economic data, have missed the myriad polls — and the obvious social and cultural signals — that show rising public disgust towards the corruption in D.C., the pain from a stalled economy and and the deep public resentment over the immigration-aided shift of wealth from employees to Wall Street.

The Wall Streeters’ cultural and political parochialism was spotlighted by Kathryn Wylde, president and CEO of the New York City Partnership, a non-profit that works with many business leaders. “A lot of these people thought Jeb Bush was a shoo-in and they are upset now because they have already thrown in with him and he is looking a little wilted,” she said."

honested
honested

@td1234 

If 'wall street' is scared of chump, there are more stupid people on 'wall street' than I would ever have assumed.

Why be scared of a man who's best chance is second place?

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Not that it matters but a 2000 Ford Sable

huh. Used to drive a similar-year Taurus, myself. So we have that in common.

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

I'm sure we have a lot of things in common...

TBS
TBS

More Jay has Trumpitis sheets

I know blog spot is waiting for me

Kamchak
Kamchak

A Ford F-150 4x4 is a minivan?

I learn something new every day here.

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

4x4 nice... Too bad its such a big carbon foot print...

Kamchak
Kamchak

Isn't it almost time for the "teleprompter" card?

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

"way more manly" 


Is this the new subconscious Republispeak for "not Hillary"? 

Because, you know, she's female or something. . . 

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@LogicalDude It's interesting...some of them REALLY seem to think Trump is running against Obama

td1234
td1234

@Doggone_GA Well isn't he really running against the Obama third term in either Hillary or Biden? 


You know like GHWB was Reagan's third term and he ran as if it was. 

td1234
td1234

@Doggone_GA Well you are going to hear that theme many more times on both sides before the next election is Hillary or Biden is the nominee. 


Get ready.

TBS
TBS

Well since Walker, Cruz and Rubio aren't getting much traction that talking point is yesterday's news

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

Cross dress Tuesday Kammie??? I'm sure the Mini-van outfit looks good on you...

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

Not that it matters but a 2000 Ford Sable... Vroom

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Bulls_3y3

the Mini-van outfit

ooh ooh ooh!

Bulls, do tell, what kind of full size truck and/or SUV do you drive to compensate for your lack of confidence in your own masculinity?

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

" the image he portrays is way more manly"

Personally, I prefer a man who IS manly...not one who just projects an image...and Trump needs a new projector

KUTGF
KUTGF

td:  Trump has been talking about trade and immigration for many years now and even progressives have to admit the image he portrays is way more manly  that what Obama has for the past 7 years

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Ok everyone time to get out your p#ckers (women too!) and play "Quien es mas macho?"

Today we are using a standard ruler.  No metric system. 

Did Trump get Osama?

td1234
td1234

@KUTGF Seal team six got Osama. It took a woman to give Obama the testicular fortitude to give the order. 

KUTGF
KUTGF

More td gold:  Yes, all men should act like Obama in his mom jeans being led around by Michelle and Valerie. LOL

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Posts the child who tells us that his wife earns more than he does, makes the rules in his house and controls him.  LOL

td1234
td1234

@KUTGF When did I ever say my wife earns more than I do? You are a fool. 

foo2u
foo2u

@td1234 @KUTGF At least he gave that order... that's a mite bit better than his predecessor who looked under his desk and gave up...

Derp...

NWGAL
NWGAL

I wish someone at the next debate would ask Dr Carson if he thinks skills and experience are necessary for doing a job. Would he hire a renown literary scholar or a gifted jeweler to do surgery?

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

Think you got it wrong; would you hire a literary scholar or jeweler to perform surgery on your body??? I think we know Dr. Carson's answer...

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@NWGAL I don't think your question is going to make the cut.

But, that's just me.

td1234
td1234

@NWGAL So being a community organizer and lawyer gives someone the credentials to be President? LOL

Kamchak
Kamchak

Who is this David Axlerod and why should I get my news from him?

Just inquirin'.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@Kamchak ummm, he's only (or was) Obama's chief strategist.

Nahhh, he probably doesn't know anything...

gotalife
gotalife

cons need their own party called the pee party.


They love peeing in a cup, giving it to government then scream don't tread on pee.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@gotalife - I see you lost your meds again.

Can mommy hear you calling from the basement or do you have to use intercom?