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1 Political Atheist  Sat, Mar 23, 2013 9:16:11am

Estranged because too strange for America.

2 stabby  Sat, Mar 23, 2013 10:12:21am

Can anyone find the survey the other day that asked Republicans and Democrats “Do you have a poor opinion of blacks?”
I think the results were something like 45% of Democrats and 78% of Republicans said yes. This rather validates what I’ve been saying since the tea party broke out, that the Republican party is transforming itself into a white supremicist party.

3 RadicalModerate  Sat, Mar 23, 2013 11:16:13am

I disagree with Kohut’s reasoning that McGovern and McCarthy’s liberalism was what drove the Nixon landslide win in 1972.
It had more to do with the Southern Strategy formulated by individuals like Pat Buchanan designed to pull the former “Dixiecrats” away from the Democratic Party in the wake of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts of the late 60s/early 70s.
I’m going to mince words here. The bigots who left the Democrats as a result are now the people in power in today’s Republican Party.

4 Tiny alien kittens are watching you  Sat, Mar 23, 2013 11:59:05am

Funny that if they finally succeed on pulling the plug on medicaid/care like they have been trying to do for decades they will be effectively shortening the life spans of the majority of their remaining supporters. Living in a retirement community has definitely shown me exactly who still vehemently supports the GOP, and has also caused me to wonder perplexedly just who the hell they expect to use for supporters once this existing crop of retirees die out from old age?

5 majii  Sat, Mar 23, 2013 6:03:06pm

re: #4 Tiny alien kittens are watching you

After the election, I ran into a woman who is a RN at one of the assisted living/retirement communities here in Middle GA. One of the residents there said he was having a very hard day that Wednesday morning. She wondered what was wrong with him because he’d never behaved that way toward her before. After a few minutes, he finally told her what was wrong with him, and it was his extreme disappointment over President Obama being re-elected. She commented that she found it strange that all of his caregivers were black, and that he harbored those kinds of attitudes about black people. After Romney lost the election, he seemed to transfer his distaste for the president to all of his caregivers, and they suddenly became “enemies of the state.” She told me that he couldn’t feed himself, take his medications by himself, or bathe or use the bathroom by himself. All of this was done for him by black caregivers. After Obama won in 2008, the school where I was teaching at the time had a funereal atmosphere. The faculty members with whom I thought I had good relationships suddenly let me know by their actions that race matters—a lot. I had worked there for over 30 years and thought that my cordial relationship with them transcended race. It did in my case, but not in theirs. Thankfully, I had planned to retire at the end of the 2008-09 school year, i did, and I’ve never regretted it. Had I continued teaching at that school, I would have never looked at my colleagues in the same way ever again.

6 steve_davis  Sat, Mar 23, 2013 6:49:16pm

re: #4 Tiny alien kittens are watching you

Funny that if they finally succeed on pulling the plug on medicaid/care like they have been trying to do for decades they will be effectively shortening the life spans of the majority of their remaining supporters. Living in a retirement community has definitely shown me exactly who still vehemently supports the GOP, and has also caused me to wonder perplexedly just who the hell they expect to use for supporters once this existing crop of retirees die out from old age?

No, no. They’re very careful to make sure that seniors and folks over 55 will feel no pain. It will be me, the 47 year-old who is actually looking forward to being able finally to get decent health insurance at 65, who will get completely dicked over by Republican policies.

7 Destro  Sat, Mar 23, 2013 7:01:36pm

re: #6 steve_davis

No, no. They’re very careful to make sure that seniors and folks over 55 will feel no pain. It will be me, the 47 year-old who is actually looking forward to being able finally to get decent health insurance at 65, who will get completely dicked over by Republican policies.

David Frum: What Tea Party really stands for: Screw Young in Favor of Big Govt for Old White People

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8 moderatelyradicalliberal  Sat, Mar 23, 2013 7:40:59pm

They are not estranged from enough of America if you ask me. Romney getting 47% of the vote was too high and the GOP has enough power in Congress and the states to do real damage for at least a decade. Enough damage so that whenever Democrats get into power, they will be fixing the Republican messes as opposed to implementing their own progressive agenda.

9 moderatelyradicalliberal  Sat, Mar 23, 2013 7:43:47pm

re: #3 RadicalModerate

I disagree with Kohut’s reasoning that McGovern and McCarthy’s liberalism was what drove the Nixon landslide win in 1972.
It had more to do with the Southern Strategy formulated by individuals like Pat Buchanan designed to pull the former “Dixiecrats” away from the Democratic Party in the wake of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts of the late 60s/early 70s.
I’m going to mince words here. The bigots who left the Democrats as a result are now the people in power in today’s Republican Party.

Will we never be rid of these meddlesome Dixiecrats?


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