What is the Republican Party telling us about itself?

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So Donald Trump and Ben Carson, easily the top two candidates for the Republican nomination, are both peddling anti-Muslim bigotry to the voters. This comes after several months in which Trump in particular has provoked and encouraged anti-immigrant sentiment — throwing in a dollop or two of crass misogyny along the way — and then surfed on that sentiment to take a dominant position in GOP polling.

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You have to wonder: What does that tell people outside the party who are looking on and marveling at what animates the modern GOP?

It’s particularly striking because at least part of the party understands quite well the long-term damage being done to the Republican cause. I keep coming back to the party’s self-autopsy after losing the 2012 presidential race, the fifth popular-vote rejection of the party’s candidate in the last six election cycles:

“Public perception of the Party is at record lows. Young voters are increasingly rolling their eyes at what the Party represents, and many minorities wrongly think that Republicans do not like them or want them in the country. When someone rolls their eyes at us, they are not likely to open their ears to us. …If we want ethnic minority voters to support Republicans, we have to engage them and show our sincerity.

So they know. They know that the image of their party as intolerant and mean is weakening whatever chance they may have to win the White House and begin to implement a wide range of policies that they hold dear, from the economy to foreign policy. But even with that knowledge, the party just can’t help itself. The assertion above is that “many minorities wrongly think” that Republicans don’t want them here, yet based on the available evidence, that perception doesn’t seem wrong at all. And while it’s true that candidates such as Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio have taken a more mainstream, responsible approach to such issues, look where they stand in the polling.

Once the rhetoric moves beyond “dog whistles” and code words, once it’s out there in all of its red-meat glory, stripped of subtlety and camouflage, it becomes hard to walk it back and repackage it.

Also, take a look at this screengrab of the homepage for Breitbart.com today. Recognize a theme?

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The blustery boys at Breitbart like to fancy themselves as macho defenders of the American way — just yesterday, a Breitbart “reporter” proudly got himself thrown out of a press conference called by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. But the truth is that they’re scared little men peddling fear to other scared little men. (The immigration report cited by Breitbart is also the lead item on Drudge, to which all of the above also applies.)

There’s no optimism there, no confidence in the power of American ideals and values to appeal to new generations of immigrants, just as they have in the past. It’s just bitterness and fear, and if that’s all you’ve got, then your future is just as bleak as you fear it to be.

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juliainatlanta
juliainatlanta

GOP isn't telling us anything about itself that isn't already glaringly known, mouth breathing, knuckling dragging, inbred bible thumpers.  and anyone who doesn't like that...bite me!!

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@juliainatlanta

Yeah, but that guy with the signage in the picture is rockin' a metrosexual hat, hipster beardage and specs.

Probably a big Maher fan, and slumming it with these Teapers who've become his latest BFFs.

RantNRave
RantNRave

Carson Defends "Muslim" Remarks in Ohio


"I will welcome all Religions when I am President" 


Always stick to the story. It is when you start backtracking that gets you trouble.


R. I. P. Ben !



RantNRave
RantNRave

"What is the Democrat Party telling us about itself ? ( answer ) even a pig in a pants suit can become their nominee if they can't find a " Yellow Dog "  "


@Infraredguy 


What did the Republican Party tell us about itself?


ANSWER


You can take 'em out of the Alaskan Trailer Park but you can't


take the trailer park out of them.


Sarah Palin's Drunken Post Brawl Rant to Cops 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lD7hNBDfkKY

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

What is the Democrat Party telling us about itself ? ( answer ) even a pig in a pants suit can become their nominee if they can't find a " Yellow Dog "  

dreema
dreema

@Doggone_GA @Infraredguy Yes, thanks for pointing that out. "Democrat party" is the conservatives' chosen appellation for the Democratic Party. I think Limbaugh started it. So you have to spit it like an insult because God forbid we actually discuss issues like adults.

RantNRave
RantNRave

"they may be able BS you with that BS but please do not try to insult me by making such an asinine statement.  "


@StraightNoChasert


They can BS some of the people all  of the time


but they can't BS all of the people some of the time.

Cupofjoe
Cupofjoe

Please note that if you don't vote for Carly you are sexist and if you don't vote for Carson you are racist.  I don't know what you are if you don't vote for Paul and Cruz- maybe anti hair gel.


Consider yourself warned.



honested
honested

We are witnessing a campaign to nominate the most boorish, incompetent and uncivilized Candidate for the gop so as not to antagonize the 'base'.


When you seek the bottom, it is always attainable.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Arms_Akimbo The nation desperately needs leadership and unity

What message has Trump, Carly, Carson, and Cruz offered that even resembles unity?  Do tell....You see @Arms_Akimbo they may be able BS you with that BS but please do not try to insult me by making such an asinine statement.  

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

What do your "formerly gay," ahem, "friends," think of that cute little ditty?

fedup52
fedup52

@Penses A Trump supporter called her HOMELY.  The rest I can't repeat.

dreema
dreema

@Penses No doubt that cuteness will play well when negotiating with foreign leaders or addressing Congress.

ByteMe
ByteMe

Celebrity tycoon Donald Trump may lead the still-crowded Republican presidential field in Iowa, but according to a Public Policy Polling poll released Tuesday, in head-to-head match-ups, Trump only beats former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Overall, Trump polled at 24 percent among Republican voters in Iowa, followed by retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson at 17 percent, and former technology executive Carly Fiorina at 13 percent.

But when the Democratic-leaning PPP did head-to-head match-ups between Trump and other prominent GOP candidates, the real estate mogul found his only victory at 14 points over Bush.

Carson, Fiorina, Sen. Marco Rubio (FL), and the now-former candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker beat Trump by double digits. Carson took the biggest victory over Trump at 27 points.


So the upshot is that Trump has a weak plurality that will disappear as other candidates leave the race.... and Jeb has no support at all.

Other upshot is that the "quick primary" that the RNC wanted just isn't going to happen.

Dusty2
Dusty2

@StraightNoChaser @Dusty2 @ByteMe


straight


Terrorism and dictators have screwed up this world.  Too bad you believe propaganda instead of the truth.  We went to war with approval on all sides. If you want to continue your hate against someone protecting our country, you have  the right.  But it is inaccurate and disloyal to condemn those who work to protect us.  .

Dusty2
Dusty2

@honested @Dusty2 @ByteMe 


honested


You sound like a gross liberal with failed intelligence, exactly why no Democrat will be elected.  

Dusty2
Dusty2

@ByteMe 


Bush is far ahead of all the candidates in qualifications.  When the fireball  fireworks settle he will still be standing. 


We don't need fireworks at this time.  We need a statesman and that is Jeb Bush.

Ozzzz
Ozzzz

@Dusty2 @honested @ByteMe You're lost.  The GOP is self-destructing with this diatribe of theirs.  By the next couple of cycles, the minority vote will become the majority, and the GOP will be powerless if they keep up the hate.  At least Jeb and Rand seem to know that, but for the rest of you, it's curtains.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Dusty2 @ByteMe The man who refuses to acknowledged that his brother screwed up the entire world, not just the United States.  When and if Texas secedes from the Union you guys can have him.

Penses
Penses

Wow...an interesting and bold article on Salon:


http://www.salon.com/2015/09/21/im_a_pedophile_but_not_a_monster/


Even though I am adamantly opposed to the practice of homosexuality, I have had a number of Christian formerly gay friends and completely sympathize with the "curse" with which they have been saddled. Since ALL of these men were sexually abused or fondled as children (as was the author of this article), my own conviction is that people are not born with sexual abnormalities but made that way. If I am right, then the good news is that they can be unmade that way. And, indeed, I have known more than a few who have.

Paul42
Paul42

@Doggone_GA

As we've seen here, many, many of the anti-gay, it's your choice bloggers have a hangup on men.

Paul42
Paul42

@Penses

Guy at least is bright enough to realize his circle of acquaintances cannot be generalized into an overarching absolute conclusion.  Hence the "IF I am right."

Penses
Penses

@ByteMe 

Where would you place the adjective? I could have said "Christian friends who were formerly gay", but I was being lazy.

Penses
Penses

@Doggone_GA 

I have known a few lesbians, but none of them have told me their "life story", so to speak. So I cannot talk with any authority about their experiences. I guess you'd prefer I just make stuff up.

Penses
Penses

@Doggone_GA 

You see, I have been in a church that really practices teachings you find in the NT like "Confess your sins to one another so that you may be healed." We would have men's groups that were something like AA groups in terms of their openness. There is nothing quite so freeing as being in a group in which everyone bares their secrets and nothing leaves the group. People genuinely learn to love themselves and care deeply for others. 

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@Penses @Doggone_GA Good for you.  I'm not sure why you felt it neccessary to confess all that to me, but whatever floats your boat.

Penses
Penses

@Doggone_GA 

Hence the knowledge of men's experiences. For spiritual reasons, we did not have mixed-gender groups (given the sexual nature of things talked about). Make sense now?

honested
honested

@Paul42 @Doggone_GA 

This is probably the oddest sub-thread I have read in months.

Of course, I am not surprised to see yet another wrong-winger cling to ridiculous 1890's terms like 'formerly gay'.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@Penses Christian formerly gay friends

I think that "formerly" is in the wrong place in your sentence.

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@Paul42 @Penses and he is, sometimes.  There are so many reasons for people to be gay...they can't be lumped into one over-all group.  But I did find it MOST interesting that he only seems to think men are gay.

Dusty2
Dusty2

@Doggone_GA 


That's not too surprising with all the distrust being dumped upon them.  

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@Brosephus @Dusty2 My trust in police took a BIG hit when Amadu Diallo was fired on 41 times, at close range.  That's not self-defense, that's plain out and out fear.  Took me a long time to get over that distrust

goat diddler
goat diddler

@Doggone_GA That's nice... that explains why they were nowhere to be found when my house under construction was stripped of all it's copper... they were down at the sign shop getting unconstitutional stickers applied to the cars my taxes pay for.


Heckuva job there...


Derp...

Dusty2
Dusty2

@Brosephus @Dusty2 


Don't tell me about it.  Tell the Gwinnett County sheriff. He does not agree with you. 

Brosephus
Brosephus

@Dusty2 

What distrust being dumped on them?  Policing is safer now that it was in past years.  There was far more distrust and antagonizing going on during the Al Capone days than there is now.