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cgod  ·  346 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why Are Conservatives More Susceptible to Believing Lies?

As an aside I was trying to untangle weather Republicans are ideological or just partisan before I read this piece.

Relatively mainstream republican rhetoric against the FBI sounds more like Huey Newton's Black Panthers than anyone that would slap a blue lives matter sticker on the back of their vehicle.

Balanced budgets haven't been the issue of any importance since they took power.

Roy Moore and Donald Trumps free pass on sexual improriety from a party that claims to want to preserve family values above all is another example.

These were just the three striking examples of republican abandonment of ideology in favor of partisanship.

I don't know where this fits into the discussion exactly but questioning Republican dedication to ideology is where my mind was at today.

I don't know enough actual Republicans anymore to know if they are dumb as stumps or not. I've known smart ones and dumb ones aplenty.

I know a bunch of dim bulb Democrats here in liberal land. You could cherry pick yourself a bushel off any corner, but I guess Portlandia already did that.

kleinbl00  ·  345 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Partisan. 100% partisan.

Republican and Democratic rhetoric, for most of the 20th century, was about economic policy with social policy thrown in. Mostly, political parties were aligned based on what we thought we should do with our money.

Then LBJ passed civil rights and pissed off the Southern Democrats enough for them to become the Dixiecrats. Then Lee Atwater and crew discovered that there were racist votes up for grabs and said "we hate darkies, too! Come fly your flags, rebs!" and all of a sudden the divide was social as well as economic.

In order to get the numbers, the economic Republicans have to throw sops to the social Republicans and as the Democrats have moved right, the Republicans have had to dig deeper and deeper into the social bag to keep up their membership. The biggest threat to moderate Repubicans isn't Democrats, it's the Tea Party. It's the Freedom Caucus. Republicans don't fear Democrats. They fear primary challengers. And the primary challengers are winner-take-all.

When George Will drops his Republican Party membership, the ideological heart of the party is gone.