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What the Republicans Should Do to Win the White House.

Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work, and then they get elected and prove it.” ― P.J. O'Rourke History shows that it is very hard for a party to hold onto the White House for three terms. It has only happened six times - last in 1988. The Democratic candidate, ...

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Truth Requires an Open Mind. That's Why People Believe Lies.

Many of us are addicted to lies - especially if those lies comport with how we think the world should be. Let me explain. Conservatives believe that the Bible proscribes gay marriage, and marriage equality is a social disaster. In an attempt to put a non-bigotted slant to their prejudice they ...

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Evangelicals Sleep with a Dog - Wake up with Gold-Plated Fleas.

Donald Trump has strong support from white evangelicals. On the face of it, this xenophobic, racist serial adulterer and divorcee, would hardly seem the object of affection of a Christian movement. But their adoration of the snake-oil salesman is understandable if you consider that evangelicals are not Christian - they are America's ...

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Conservatives Root Out the 'Real' Culprits in the Dallas Shootings.

If you thought it was the gunman who was responsible for killing five Dallas policemen you haven't being paying enough attention to conservatives. While they don't agree on exactly whose fault it is, you can see a theme developing. It was Obama. In Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX) estimation, “The spread of misinformation and ...

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The Republicans - and Donald Trump - Blow Their Advantage.

“We had a choice between Democrats who couldn't learn from the past and Republicans who couldn't stop living in it...” ― P.J. O'Rourke The Republicans are politically tone deaf. FBI Director, James Comey, called Hillary Clinton and her staff "extremely careless" in the handling of official emails. But he added her ...

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Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work, and then they get elected and prove it.” ― P.J. O’Rourke

History shows that it is very hard for a party to hold onto the White House for three terms. It has only happened six times – last in 1988. The Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, is loaded with baggage. Terrorism may not be a threat to the US, but Americans perceive it as one. The economy is recovering, but not with a boom. And the Republicans have pure gold in an outsider, who is a marketing idiot-savant.

Yet the oddsmakers have them losing. And it almost entirely their own fault.

It starts with the candidate. Donald Trump has a compelling style. But he is too much of a narcissist to harness it. He is thin-skinned and self-centered. It is always about him. Exhibit one: When introducing his running mate, he had to talk about himself for 30 minutes first.

Trump reminds me of the 1960s comedian Lenny Bruce. Bruce exploded on the scene with stream-of-conscious rants – saying things the buttoned-down comics of the 1950s never dared to. He changed the rules of stand-up. But after repeated obscenity charges, his act became a long ‘woe is me’ ode to self-absorption.

photoTrump mixes his self-absorption with a vile brew of racism, sexism, and xenophobia. Blacks, Mexicans, immigrants, Muslims, and women have felt the acid-drip of his ‘tell it like it is’ style.

But despite that toxic stew the Republicans could have been favored, if the rest of the GOP hadn’t acted as a resonating chamber for their candidate’s worst.

Take their pathological hate of Hillary Clinton. What resulted? Time and money wasted on a Benghazi witch-hunt. Hillary has so many flaws. Her record is target-rich. Instead, the House Republicans flogged a dead horse to the point of idiocy.

If they had attacked her on the nature of her Libyan policies, they could have hung Ambassador Stevens’ death around her neck. But because they tried to prove she was personally and directly responsible for his death – failing time after time – they stumbled badly.

Republicans are the party that cried wolf. If Chris Christie had used his RNC speaking slot to question Hillary’s judgment, he would have dented her. But with his bombastic ‘show-trial’ he made independents question his sanity. It’s nice to get applause, and that’s easy when you’re preaching to the pews. But the goal of Trump’s legates should be to widen his base. And crazy won’t do it.

No one exemplifies crazy more than Rudy Giuliani. In the aftermath of 9/11 he earned – deservedly – the sobriquet “America’s Mayor” for his calm steadfastness. On Monday night he lost his mind in an unhinged rant against Hillary, immigrants, and terrorism. Again the hall was ecstatic – but the TV audience must have wondered if was having a psychotic episode.

If the Republicans were to give credit to Obama or Clinton for anything, their criticism would stand in contrast. But at this point, it is just so much noise.

Judge for yourself, which of the following is the more effective attack?

“Hillary is Satan’s spawn. She is personally responsible for murder. She broke the law with her emails and should be shot for treason. Only a conspiracy and threats kept her out of jail. She has collaborated with our enemies. She has sold out the country to foreign interests for personal gain. She hates America, cops, our military, and our religious freedoms. She wishes she had been born in the Soviet Union.”

Or,

“Hillary has tried hard, She has sometimes been effective – but on the whole, she has proved a weak & vacillating leader. I’m sure she loves America, but time and again her policies have diminished our strength. Much is made of her experience, but just being there is not enough. Maybe her use of a personal server was technically legal – but as the Director of the FBI said, she was recklessly careless. And it seems hypocritical to tell your underlings to keep communications secure when you don’t.

The Clinton Foundation appears to have done some good. But it is run so opaquely it is hard to know if contributing nations may have swayed her judgment. At the very least she should have done a better job of transparency. Hillary is well-intentioned, but her record shows she lacks the ability to be a successful President.”

I could go on – but I think you get the point. Winding up the base may feel good, but damning with faint praise, would cut Hillary’s legs out from under her.

The Republicans still have four months to pursue a winning strategy – but their DNA is Doberman, not Fox. That is to say, they are good at mindless violence, but sly is foreign to them.

 

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Truth Requires an Open Mind. That’s Why People Believe Lies.

July 17, 2016

Many of us are addicted to lies – especially if those lies comport with how we think the world should be. Let me explain. Conservatives believe that the Bible proscribes gay marriage, and marriage equality is a social disaster. In an attempt to put a non-bigotted slant to their prejudice they claim that they are […]

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Evangelicals Sleep with a Dog – Wake up with Gold-Plated Fleas.

July 15, 2016

Donald Trump has strong support from white evangelicals. On the face of it, this xenophobic, racist serial adulterer and divorcee, would hardly seem the object of affection of a Christian movement. But their adoration of the snake-oil salesman is understandable if you consider that evangelicals are not Christian – they are America’s largest white supremacist group. Take […]

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Conservatives Root Out the ‘Real’ Culprits in the Dallas Shootings.

July 9, 2016

If you thought it was the gunman who was responsible for killing five Dallas policemen you haven’t being paying enough attention to conservatives. While they don’t agree on exactly whose fault it is, you can see a theme developing. It was Obama. In Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX) estimation, “The spread of misinformation and constant instigation by […]

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The Republicans – and Donald Trump – Blow Their Advantage.

July 7, 2016

“We had a choice between Democrats who couldn’t learn from the past and Republicans who couldn’t stop living in it…” ― P.J. O’Rourke The Republicans are politically tone deaf. FBI Director, James Comey, called Hillary Clinton and her staff “extremely careless” in the handling of official emails. But he added her behavior didn’t meet the […]

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Really? 7.3.16 – The GOP is rotten. Evangelicals aren’t Christian. Trump is an Anti-Semite and a Whiner.

July 3, 2016

A Republican had the scales fall from his eyes. Mark Winslow, a member of the Tennessee Republican State Executive Committee, resigned his post. Why? As he described it in his resignation letter: the party’s “soul rotted away some time ago.” He was just getting started. “As it’s currently constituted, the TNGOP is really nothing more than […]

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Donald Trump Is a Cheap, Lying, Conspiracy Theorist – But You Knew That.

June 30, 2016

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) is one of the newly-minted Tea Party senators – part of a triad with Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. He doesn’t like Donald Trump. And won’t endorse him because: “He accused my best friend’s father of conspiring to kill JFK”. Trump, in one of his finest Ben Carson moments, had said on […]

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Brexit: A very Messy Divorce

June 24, 2016

Brexit won. It is safe to say that that was unexpected. The bookies had ‘remain’ odds-on favorite. The currency and stock markets had priced in a ‘remain’ vote. Even Nigel Farage –  leader of the ultra-nationalist party, UKIP and a prominent figure of the ‘leave’ bloc – suggested, as the polls closed, that staying was […]

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Evangelicals Bat Their Eyes at Donald Trump.

June 23, 2016

One of the oddities on the 2016 election is why evangelicals are so hot on Donald Trump. It seems an unlikely match between the nominally Christian and a godless man. Trump is a morally corrupt, serial philanderer, with no care for the poor and little evidence of any charitable inclinations. If he has any biblical knowledge, he […]

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