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J.D."I've about had it with these people."
"What has happened to our party? What has happened to the conservative movement?"
"If we turn this country over to somebody with wild ideas who thinks they can scream and bluster or operate their way to success, it's my kids that are going to be at risk, and your kids, and your grandchildren."
"We had better be careful we don't turn this country over to somebody who is not capable of running it."
"I'm done with being polite and listening to this nonsense, and it's time we educate the American people about the consequences of very bad choices."
...Damn. Well, someone had to say it.
Petey.The Republican party is no longer a political movement, but a mental condition. Their new mantra is as follows:
"Don't let the facts get in the way of your beliefs."
J.D.It's like a reality show, whoever is the crazy entertaining goofy guy is who gets the support. Shout the loudest and sound the nuttiest and you'll get air time and vote share. Has nothing to do with their ability to actually govern. Seems to be what Kasich is frustrated with.
J.D.That's beside the point here. The problem in this Republican campaign for me has been that it's no longer a political event but an entertainment event. It's like a reality show, whoever is the crazy entertaining goofy guy is who gets the support. Shout the loudest and sound the nuttiest and you'll get air time and vote share. Has nothing to do with their ability to actually govern. Seems to be what Kasich is frustrated with.
J.D.Quite frankly this mantra has applied probably more to certain members of the left wing, at least at the higher levels. It's all just tribalism.
I hate the meme of "both sides do it" but sadly - and I say this as a liberal by any reasonable definition - liberals are happily moving towards a full-fledged abandonment on reliance on reason and empirical facts in favour of being able to tell stories about societal injustice, with the sense that if we tell them in an emotionally compelling way (facts be damned) we can more effectively fight these injustices. The cure's getting to be much worse than the disease.