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The Small Tent Party

Discussion in 'American Politics' started by mark46, Jun 24, 2021.

  1. mark46

    mark46 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Republicans see the demographic changes. They see the future and they strike out and try to bring fear to enough voters to win elections. I don't see this as a winning strategy even in 2024. Their rhetoric cannot win back enough suburban women or increase the number of rural voters enough to win.

    I recall the meeting of Republican leaders that were interested in a change in the party (after the 2nd loss to Obama). I will always recall the 2016 rally with an Indian-American governor and a black senator at the podium in a primary rally to support an Hispanic Republican from a nearby state. Had Christie not done Trump's dirty work by embarrassing Rubio in a debate the week before, the Republican Party might be very, very different today.

    Haley will try to resurrect the vision of a big tent conservative Republican Party, but it seems that she will fail. The inmates have taken over, and likely cannot be driven out by 2024.
     
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    98cwitr Lord forgive me Staff Member Red Team - Moderator Supporter

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    Inmates?
     
  3. BobRyan

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    democratic candidates have been doing that "grandma will die if you elect Reagan" etc trick - for many decades.

    In more recent decades they also tried the ploy "there won't be enough babies aborted if you elect a republican...then what will we do?" kinds of arguments. Frankly I wish they would win that one particular argument.
     
  4. hislegacy

    hislegacy Respect to those who we lost

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    There is that fear factor again. Interesting everything negative with the Republicans is fear or boogeyman.

    Yet is was our current President that told blacks Republicans will put you back in chains.
    Yet it is the Democratic Party that uses the fear of loosing Social Security as a campaign tactic

    and the list goes on.

    Trump was elected over Hillary, who was touted as the most qualified candidate in recent history, a life long politician and tactician.

    Why?

    People didn't want four more years of Obama.
     
  5. GreatLakes4Ever

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    I’d like to see where this tactic was used. A speech, video, or ad from a Democratic candidate making an argument like this is all I need.
     
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    Good point
     
  8. GreatLakes4Ever

    GreatLakes4Ever Well-Known Member

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    Im not questioning the first part of your post, I actually remember the Paul Ryan ad. I’m about your claim:
    Where is there an instance of this?
     
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  9. mark46

    mark46 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    because people didn't want Hillary as president. Michelle could probably have beaten Trump. Surely Obama would have. After 4 years of Obama, the right was absolutely sure that Obama would be easily defeated because of his horrible policies. It turned out that the people liked Romneycare Part 2.
     
  10. GreatLakes4Ever

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    None of those are attack ads run by Democrats against Republicans like you claimed. Rolling Stone, Politico, National Women’s Law Center, and Human Rights Watch. Not one of them is the Democratic Party and not one of them is saying to vote for a Democrat or not enough babies will be aborted.
     
  11. SoldierOfTheKing

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    Republican voters. I guess the pre-Trump GOP was a prison.
     
  12. TLK Valentine

    TLK Valentine You will be who you will be. We are our choices.

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    You underestimate the power of fear mongering.

    One trick party only knows one trick -- but they've done it long enough to get good at it.
     
  13. DaisyDay

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    Asylum, present day (see Poe's Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether).
     
  14. mark46

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    Yes, pre-Trump Republicans kept their crazies under strict control.

    Their white-supremacist and conspiracy-mongering inmates were kept under control, given almost no power or influence in trade for their votes.
     
  15. SoldierOfTheKing

    SoldierOfTheKing Christian Spenglerian

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    Voters were not going to indefinitely follow leadership that held them in such contempt. Certainly, when an alternative presented itself, of course they were going to take it. The real question is why it took as long as it did.
     
  16. mark46

    mark46 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    too long for what?

    The vast majority of these groups have been voting Republican since Nixon. The difference is that Trump was much more aligned with their views.

    Politically the difference was clear. In 2016, lots of Democrats (primarily blacks and suburban women) stayed home. In 2018 and then again in 2020, these Democrats finally understood the stakes better, and then came out in large numbers. I make few predictions for 2022 and 2024. other than Trump will never be president again, except when when in the present of fellow conspiracists.
     
  17. TLK Valentine

    TLK Valentine You will be who you will be. We are our choices.

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    Indeed, it took until 2020.
     
  18. mark46

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    You think that the voters had some kind of aha moment in 2020? That is very strange view of the election. If the Democrats continue with the trends of 2020, Republicans will have easy wins in the Senate and in the House.

    You do realize the Democrats lost seats in the House and almost lost the Senate, even though Republicans had the worst president of all time as their candidate. It took his direct intervention in the GA Senate runoff elections for the Democrats to eke out a tie in the Senate. After many months, Trump FINALLY convinced enough GA Republicans that their votes didn't matter, do that enough stayed home to elect Warnack. Do you think that this will happen again in 2022?
     
  19. TLK Valentine

    TLK Valentine You will be who you will be. We are our choices.

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    Well, if you're going to tell me what I think and then argue against it, I'll just step out of a slice of pizza...

    An error the GOP will not allow to repeat; elections are far too important to leave in the hands of just anyone...

    I think the voting laws enacted in Georgia and other states will make Donald's statement true -- votes won't matter.
     
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