Emergence of New Conservative Party Under Trump

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    Dec 11, 2015 6:21 PM GMT
    NYT: The GOP has tried to exploit conservative but poorer white voters, mobilizing their resentment via dog whistles to win elections. This was the essence of Richard Nixon’s “southern strategy,” and explains why the G.O.P. gets the overwhelming majority of Southern white votes.

    But there is a strong element of bait-and-switch to this strategy. Whatever dog whistles get sent during the campaign, once in power the G.O.P. has made serving the interests of a small, wealthy economic elite, especially through big tax cuts, its main priority — a priority that remains intact, as you can see if you look at the tax plans of the GOP establishment presidential candidates this cycle.

    Sooner or later the angry whites who make up a large fraction, maybe even a majority, of the G.O.P. base were bound to rebel — especially because these days much of the party’s leadership seems inbred and out of touch. They seem, for example, to imagine that the base supports cuts to Social Security and Medicare, an elite priority that has nothing to do with the reasons working-class whites vote Republican.

    So along comes Donald Trump, saying bluntly the things establishment candidates try to convey in coded, deniable hints, and sounding as if he really means them. And he shoots to the top of the polls. Shocking, yes, but hardly surprising.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/11/opinion/empowering-the-ugliness.html?
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    Dec 12, 2015 5:58 PM GMT
    By ignoring the mandate given them by voters in 2014 .. the GOP gets what it deserves...

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    Dec 12, 2015 7:27 PM GMT
    desertmuscl saidBy ignoring the mandate given them by voters in 2014 .. the GOP gets what it deserves...

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    EXACTLY
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    Dec 13, 2015 12:34 AM GMT
    Huh. Obamacare is financed in part by $716 billion in Medicare cuts over 10 years.

    Obama's Social Security Centenarian Project takes away Social Security benefits from seniors if they don't remember they are over 100 years old, even if they have documentation of their age.


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    Dec 16, 2015 6:31 PM GMT
    As in 2012, GOP Fails to Know Who Its Voters Are

    NYT: John Feehery, a prominent Republican lobbyist with roots on the South Side of Chicago, understands that he embodies the Republican predicament.

    He warns that while the party’s establishment used to be able to call the shots when it came to the selection of presidential nominees,

    We are now living in a post-recession world where fundamental assumptions have changed. In this new reality, Republicans can’t just do the bidding of big donors. Our guys are too in tune with donors and not with the concerns of regular voters. Donald Trump has tapped into a new reality.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/16/opinion/campaign-stops/can-this-really-be-donald-trumps-republican-party.html?