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Dark Winter of a Grand Old Party
« on: February 12, 2021, 08:05:54 AM »
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  • Dark Winter of a Grand Old Party
    February 12, 2021 by Patrick J. Buchanan
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    There may have been a worse 90 days in Republican Party history, but it is difficult to recall exactly when.
    It has been a dreadful three months for the Grand Old Party.
    On Nov. 3, President Donald Tɾυmρ seemed to have lost the Whιte House by narrowly losing three crucial blue states he had won in 2016 — Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania — and Georgia and Arizona as well.
    Tɾυmρ immediately mounted an acrimonious two-month campaign to prove the ɛƖɛctıon had been “rigged” and “stolen,” enlisting virtually the entire party behind his claim.
    On Jan. 5, after an intra-party battle between Tɾυmρ and the Georgia Republican leadership, the GOP lost both of Georgia’s Senate seats and control of the U.S. Senate.
    On Jan. 6, a mob, after storming the Capitol to block a formal vote to confirm the ɛƖɛctıon of Joe Bıdɛn as president, rampaged through the building for hours.
    On Jan. 13, Tɾυmρ was impeached by Speaker Nancy Peℓσѕι’s House for “incitation of ιnѕυrrєcтισn.”
    The trial began Tuesday, featuring endless reruns of footage from the Jan. 6 occupation, showing thugs invading and trashing the Capitol and searching out Peℓσѕι and Vice President Mike Pence.
    Tɾυmρ’s defense: He directed the crowd on the mall to march to the Capitol “peacefully” not violently, and the Whιte House was unaware there might be a mob assault.
    In the month since the attack on the Capitol, says The New York Times, 140,000 Republicans in 25 states have renounced their party by changing their registration. And Joe Bıdɛn’s approval rating has been in the 50s, a level Tɾυmρ did not reach in four years.
    There may have been a worse 90 days in Republican Party history, but it is difficult to recall exactly when.
    There was the Goldwater defeat of 1964, which left the party with less than 40% of the presidential vote and less than a third of the seats in the House and Senate.
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    There was the Watergate year 1974, which saw Richard Nixon resign in August and the party lose 49 House seats that fall and then lose the presidency to Jimmy Carter in 1976.
    Yet, the years following these political disasters were not all that bad.
    Goldwater’s defeat was followed by the Nixon-led comeback in 1966, with the party picking up 47 seats and then recapturing the Whιte House in 1968. And while Watergate was followed by the loss of Nixon’s successor Gerald Ford in 1976, Jimmy Carter’s presidency opened the door to the winningest Republican of them all, Ronald Reagan.
    In short, it is not always true as Sen. John McCain mordantly observed, that the darkest hour is often just before it turns totally black.
    What are the prerequisites for a Republican restoration?
    As Nixon’s victory in 1968 and Reagan’s in 1980 showed, a party comeback requires, first, the perceived failure of the opposition on issues of major concern to the great majority.
    In 1968, LBJ’s Great Society program had ushered in five summers of race riots, soaring crime rates, a social and cultural ʀɛʋօʟutιօn on the campuses, and a war in Southeast Asia that was consuming 200 to 300 American lives a week.
    Under Carter in 1980, there were 21% interest rates, 13% inflation, 7% unemployment and 52 U.S. hostages being held in Iran.
    A second and indispensable element of a party comeback is party unity, which Nixon and Reagan produced, as Eisenhower had before them.
    Whether the GOP will be united in 2022 or 2024 depends, very much today, on one man.
    Still, as of today, though Bıdɛn appears personally popular, he seems to be moving leftward in a way that will play into the GOP’s hands on several issues.
    Shutting down the Keystone XL pipeline, for example, is a policy decision that will kill thousands of jobs to prevent an “existential crisis” millions of workers do not see.
    Second, Bıdɛn has moved the racial goalposts from equality of opportunity to “equity” for all, which can only be attained by socialist action to even out incomes and wealth through quotas, affirmative action and set-asides. Yet, voters in ultra-liberal California last fall crushed Prop 16, which would have empowered public agencies, universities and colleges to consider race, gender and ethnicity when making decisions on contracting, hiring and student admissions.
    Moreover, the liberal immigration policy Bıdɛn promised last fall has already caused a stampede to our Southern border. Some 78,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended by the Border Patrol crossing in January alone. They are now being caught at the rate of 3,000 a day.
    Securing the border is a populist and national security issue.
    Other Tɾυmρ add-ons to the traditional GOP agenda remain popular with large majorities of Americans.
    Consider the “America first” issues of economic nationalism, the return of manufacturing to the United States, and keeping U.S. troops out of foreign wars where no vital U.S. interests are imperiled.
    The questions of the hour are these: Will the GOP be united against an incumbent party that is moving visibly leftward and dragging the country with it — and what will Donald Tɾυmρ do?

    https://buchanan.org/blog/dark-winter-of-a-grand-old-party-142798

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    Re: Dark Winter of a Grand Old Party
    « Reply #1 on: February 12, 2021, 08:38:18 AM »
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  • This entire article is abhorrent.
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    I used to think Buchanan was a great conservative, but ever since the beginning of the virus situation he has been promoting media lies about it. I started to wonder what was wrong with him.
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    Now he is in all-out Tɾυmρ Derangement Syndrome. I will have to start purging his ideas from my consciousness and memory.


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    Re: Dark Winter of a Grand Old Party
    « Reply #2 on: February 12, 2021, 08:57:37 AM »
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  • This entire article is abhorrent.
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    I used to think Buchanan was a great conservative, but ever since the beginning of the virus situation he has been promoting mєdια lies about it. I started to wonder what was wrong with him.
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    Now he is in all-out Tɾυmρ Derangement Syndrome. I will have to start purging his ideas from my consciousness and memory.

    Same here.

    He seems not to realize that a large portion of the republican/conservative base, having just watched the ɛƖɛctıon heist, has no intention of ever voting again.  

    So it matters little whether or not in a future ɛƖɛctıon, republican/conservatives can unite against a democrat contender: the newly constricted but United base will be too small to challenge (presuming Republicans would ever be allowed to win again).

    Strangely, Buchanan notes republican defections, but only to the Democratic Party, and not from the electoral process altogether.  Leaving aside for the moment the quality of a republican who could turn democrat (ie., not really conservative in any qualitative sense in the first place), Buchanan seems oblivious (or in complete denial) to the heist which has just taken place, while conservative talk radio is all about republicans getting active and involved at the state level, to take over the House in 2022.

    What good is republican unity, if 35% of the republican base has left the electoral process, after concluding the ɛƖɛctıons are rigged?

    Somehow, two things need to happen before conservatives will be interested in politics again:

    1) There must be some kind of ɛƖɛctıon reform which will ensure legitimate ɛƖɛctıons;

    2) There must be republican candidates who represent a true (morally) conservative option, rather than the type Buchanan laments leaving the GOP and joining the democrats just because they are mad at the president (ie., a large chunk of the republican base is fed up with RINO’s, but that all that the republicans have fielded since the 1970’s).

    So long as the perception remains (true or false) that ɛƖɛctıons are rigged, and that there is no qualitative difference between democrats and republicans, theconsequence will be that the conservative public will see no point in voting.

    Either way, the democratic dynasty has been secured.
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    Re: Dark Winter of a Grand Old Party
    « Reply #3 on: February 12, 2021, 09:31:09 AM »
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  • CBS Poll: 70% Of Republicans Would Consider Joining Tɾυmρ Party! (weloveTɾυmρ.com)
    In a new poll conducted by CBS, over two thirds of Republicans indicated they would consider joining a political party formed by President Tɾυmρ

    Report: Never-Tɾυmρ Republicans Looking at Forming Third Party (thegatewaypundit.com)
    A group of about 120 anti-Tɾυmρ former Republican officials is considering forming a third party after coming to the realization that the party is now led by President Tɾυmρ and his supporters, according to a report published Wednesday by Reuters. The third party effort is being co-led by Evan McMullin, who ran as an independent presidential candidate in 2016. Names being considered are the Integrity Party and the Center Right Party. 

    Tɾυmρ spokesman Jason Miller told Reuters, “These losers left the Republican Party when they voted for Joe Bıdɛn.”

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    Re: Dark Winter of a Grand Old Party
    « Reply #4 on: February 12, 2021, 09:36:16 AM »
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  • The “center-right party.” :facepalm:
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    Re: Dark Winter of a Grand Old Party
    « Reply #5 on: February 12, 2021, 11:51:01 AM »
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  • The “center-right party.” :facepalm:
    Maybe I'll start the "Way, way the hell over to the right" party.
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    Re: Dark Winter of a Grand Old Party
    « Reply #6 on: February 12, 2021, 03:29:38 PM »
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  • Buchanan seems oblivious (or in complete denial) to the heist which has just taken place
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    Yes, this was one of the weirdest things in the article. I didn't make a point-by-point refutation because the whole thing was fit for a garbage can, but yeah, what's up with Buchanan just casually admitting Tɾυmρ "lost" the ɛƖɛctıon?! This may be one of the most jaw-dropping errors of the whole thing.

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    Re: Dark Winter of a Grand Old Party
    « Reply #7 on: February 12, 2021, 06:52:24 PM »
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  • This entire article is abhorrent.
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    I used to think Buchanan was a great conservative, but ever since the beginning of the virus situation he has been promoting mєdια lies about it. I started to wonder what was wrong with him.
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    Now he is in all-out Tɾυmρ Derangement Syndrome. I will have to start purging his ideas from my consciousness and memory.
    Yep. By their deeds you shall know them. I  stopped reading Buchanan because he started to write like a harmless leashed lap dog, staying within the parameters of mass mєdια permitted critique. I do not read anything he writes anymore.
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