GOP agrees on just one thing: They hate Hillary

Brad Houston sells souvenirs at Public Square on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, in Cleveland, during the second day of the Republican convention. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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Last night was marketed as “Make America Work Again” night at the Republican National Convention, but based on what we heard, the GOP policy for “fixing” our  4.9 percent unemployment rate and all-time record 76 consecutive months of job growth is to bash the record and character of Hillary Clinton, over and over again, with speaker after speaker picking up the same worn cudgels.

Or as the crowd last night put it, “Lock her up! Lock her up!”

It’s a perfect illustration of why the Republican Party finds itself in this predicament.

Let’s acknowledge at the start that partisan politics has never been a game for the thin-skinned, and that harsh attacks on your opponent’s record and character are to be expected. However, there is supposed to be a larger purpose behind it, a set of actual goals that you’re trying to achieve, and the GOP has had few if any. So for more than seven years now, GOP leadership has tried to gin up irrational rage against their opponents, first against Barack Obama and now against Hillary Clinton, as a distraction from the more difficult job of actually proposing and articulating policy.

They’ve railed endlessly against ObamaCare, casting Lord knows how many votes to repeal it, but in all that time they have yet to agree upon a health-care alternative of their own. They control both the House and the Senate, yet they cannot wrangle the minimum level of agreement among themselves that would be needed to pass a budget. President Obama has long sought congressional approval for his ongoing military actions against ISIS, but again Republicans in Congress can’t agree among themselves about what that document should say, so again they’ve chosen to say nothing.

Officially, they do still hew to the most extreme culture-war positions. The 2016 GOP platform opposes abortion, even in situations involving rape, incest and detectable fatal birth defects in the fetus. It wants the Bible taught in public schools, it opposes embryonic stem-cell research, and it still demands an amendment to the Constitution that would outlaw gay marriage. Overall, the Log Cabin Republicans acknowledge it as ““the most anti-L.G.B.T. platform in the party’s 162-year history.”

The 2016 GOP platform also proposes to abolish what little remains of our comatose campaign-finance regulation system, with churches freed to become partisan political actors and contribution limits eliminated. But again, you’ve heard nary a mention of any of that in the convention, not with the whole country watching and listening. Hillary-bashing fills the void nicely.

They also still have an economic policy, which House Speaker Paul Ryan tried to defend last night pretty much alone. But even with everything that has happened, and even with Ryan’s attempts at repackaging, it still amounts to huge tax cuts for the wealthy, deregulation of Wall Street banks and proposals to “save” middle-class programs such as Social Security and Medicare by slashing benefits and privatizing them whenever possible. The world has changed, the nature and form of our economic challenges have changed, but they have not. In every single policy area, their solution to the growing power imbalance between workers and corporate America has been to strengthen the hand of corporate America, as if the root of our problems is that the wealthy and powerful are not yet wealthy and powerful enough, and that the rest of us have it too easy.

Trump too is a huge advocate of tax cuts for the wealthy — according to the Tax Policy Center, the average tax cut for the top 1 percent under Trump’s tax plan would be $275,000, or five times the total annual income of the typical American household. However, Trump’s economic “policy” is also founded on a repudiation of free-trade agreements that traditional Republicans have long championed. So rather than expose that nasty little disagreement, they again choose to say little or nothing.

And then there’s Trump. More Republicans voted against him in the primaries than for him, and he remains a deeply divisive figure even within the party that nominated him. Much of the GOP elite has stayed far away from Cleveland, including Ohio Gov. John Kasich, wanting nothing to do with Trump’s coronation as party leader. And if they can’t rally in unity around Trump, they can at least agree that they really really really hate Clinton.

It’s not much of an organizing principle, but you take what can get sometimes.

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Freethinkethman
Freethinkethman

Book, I am not finding much difference between the purported hate of

Hillary and your palpable hate that guides your op-eds.

honested
honested

@Freethinkethman 

Watch the convention for 20 minutes.

If you can't see the reality that you suggest is 'purported' then you are not looking.

Freethinkethman
Freethinkethman

Perhaps you have conveniently overlooked the hate of Trump and all things Republican from NY Times, GPB, NPR, CNN, AJC, jbook,etc.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@Freethinkethman


Anyone who thinks that Jay is driven by 'hate' is a moron.


And yes that applies to anyone who 'likes' your ridiculous statement.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Freethinkethman 

Perhaps you can substantiate this yes? 

Perhaps you can show your work, yes?

Thanks in advance.

JayBook
JayBook moderator

"Trump derangement syndrome is alive and well on the Bookman blog. "

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Doom, you yourself have said that Trump is so objectionable that you cannot bring yourself to vote for him, which means statements like the above are just cheap trolling on your part and nothing more.

Oh, and sheets.

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

@JayBook


And I won't be voting for him because I find him objectionable. But I find the complaints about him to be silly. Attack him on his policies. 

Finn-McCool
Finn-McCool

A NASA employee is telling Republicans they need to spend more tax dollars on NASA????


wtf is going on here?

Finn-McCool
Finn-McCool

People in the audience are thinking "Didn't our party defund that drain hole in the first place?"

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Embarrassing we have to thumb rides from the Rooskies.

For shame, Obama.

Shift free stuff funds to meaningful endeavors.

honested
honested

@Philo_Farnsworth 

Call Dallas and tell the moron who killed a replacement for the shuttle project.

Of course, after his performance in public the other day, he might be passed out by now.

rimsky
rimsky

@Philo_Farnsworth Low information voter.

Shuttle was scuttled by W.  And right fully so.

Private companies do cheaper.

Nasa is going to the long range expensive exploration. 

Don't bother your pretty little head, it is science stuff.  You wouldn't know anything about it.

td1234
td1234

@Finn-McCool NASA is an investment. It is Obama that did away with the space agency and turned it into the Climate change hoax agency. 

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

The two party conventions are just big infomercials for American capitalism. A carnival with two barkers.

rimsky
rimsky

Dishonest Ed////

Name calling is not going to get you anywhere.

You can scream liar from the top of the Empire state building still I know you are making shiiiiit up.

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

@rimsky


I agree. Until Ed can provide a link proving his 6 trillion dollar claim we know he is just making shyte up. Again. 

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

Trump derangement syndrome is alive and well on the Bookman blog. 


The Bookman parrots are squawking in unison in their echo chamber with their latest outrages over Trump and his family. 


Can someone give these Pollys some crackers?  

NWGAL
NWGAL

Trump doesn't want to do the job of President. He will give all policy work to the VP so he can "make America great". That apparently only requires insulting people and waving his hands around. (My source is Trump's son.)

rimsky
rimsky

@NWGAL His son in law told Kasich's people that as a VP Kasich will get to do foreign policy.

Kasich's people asked the in law "what is trump is going to do"

Get this the in law said "make America great again"

Mic drop.

rimsky
rimsky

BuzzFeed News first reported Baldasaro’s comments. On Wednesday, he stood by them, telling ABC affiliate WMUR that “As far as I’m concerned, it is treason and the penalty for treason is the firing squad ― or maybe it’s the electric chair now.”

The U.S. Secret Service said it is aware of Baldasaro’s comments and will conduct “the appropriate investigation,” Politico reported.///

Handcuffs for terroristic threat.  Ft Leavenworth is ready.

NWGAL
NWGAL

So what will be the penalty for Bush and Cheney misleading the country into a nearly endless war? In comparison, Clinton is as pure as the driven snow.

honested
honested

pam bondi (the Florida AG who refused to investigate chump-U) is babbling now

I thought Georgia had a moron AG, I'm glad I don't live in Florida.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

Ivanka is denying that Trump is a bigot or racist yet there are all of his comments too America which says the opposite.  Now that's funny.

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

Republican conventionghaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazhi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Finn-McCool
Finn-McCool

@Doom Classical liberal What is your platform? Benghazi!

What are your plans? Benghazi!

What are your solutions to all these problems? Benghazi!


Sadly pathetic to say the least.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

No surprise that Kasich is not supporting Trump, he expanded Medicaid because of his christian values.  Isn't that suppose to be a value for all Republicans?  Oh never mind they are voting for Trump.

Finn-McCool
Finn-McCool

@StraightNoChaser LOL, "christian"? I haven't seen christian actions from a Republican since before I left the church in the 80's.

honested
honested

@Doom Classical liberal 

You ray-gun fetishists are pathetic.

Here's a more important question

WHAT VALUE DID SDI PROVIDE FOR THE UNITED STATES CITIZENS?


And, one last time the 6 trillion dollar figure was for the ENTIRE RAY GUN MILITARY WASTE BUDGET.

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

@Philo_Farnsworth


How do you know when dishonest Ed is lying? Easy. When he posts a blog entry. LOL!


Lemme ask you Philo. Should we nickname honest ed 


A- Dishonest Ed

B- Author Ed in remembrance of when he claimed to have authored several books and was at the top of his field

C- or the 6 trillion dollar man for his latest load of BS- a play on Lee Majors being the 6 million dollar man. 

D- give him all 3 nicknames and rotate them on a daily basis. 

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Philo_Farnsworth 

Sinkwich?

He also admitted to cruising behind Doraville shopping centers in the family truckster.

ROFLMAO!

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

The blogger we first knew as Sinkee,

For fiction demands a true linkee.

When none is posted,

Offender is toasted,

Exposed as a lyin' stinkee.