Thursday, August 27, 2015

The GOP Bait-and-Switch with its Base ... Isn't Working

Donald Trump Is Going to Lose Because He Is Crazy (Jonathan Chait) from New York Magazine
"Trump has homed in on a bona fide weakness in the Republican Party structure, one that has fascinated liberal critics in particular. The Republican Party has harnessed one set of passions, and then channeled them into unrelated policy outcomes favored by the party elite. ... But the classic formula seems to be yielding diminishing returns. ... The danger he poses is the prospect of harnessing the social passions of the conservative base and channeling them into (from the party’s point of view) the wrong agenda. ... This immunity from consequence gives Trump the power to wreak apparently limitless havoc upon what is currently his party."
The question looking forward: can the "establishment" send the GOP base down the usual election year rat's hole of diversionary rhetoric?  We. Shall. See.

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