What Will The GOP Become?

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The winds of political change are blowing strongly and the rise of Trump is characteristic.  He is said, by virtue of being publicly outrageous, to be the beneficiary of about $2 billion in free publicity!  This is unprecedented.  What forces are behind this strange development, that the public is so attracted to such transparent demagoguery?  But even more to the point, what does this mean for our two party political system?

My friend, Bud Morgan, sent me this analysis from HuffPost Politics.  (Thanks, Bud.)  It is remarkably well-written and seems spot-on to me.  What do you think?

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About Jim Wheeler

U. S. Naval Academy, BS, Engineering, 1959; Naval line officer and submariner, 1959 -1981, Commander, USN; The George Washington U., MSA, Management Eng.; Aerospace Engineer, 1981-1999; Resident Gadfly, 1999 - present. Political affiliation: Independent, tending progressive as the GOP recedes from its Eisenhower roots.
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6 Responses to What Will The GOP Become?

  1. I wonder about the Koch brothers saying they won’t support Trump, because they think
    Hillary Clinton would be a better president than Trump. The damning with praise sort of thing. Surely that “endorsement” will hurt her, which may have been the intention.

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    • Jim Wheeler says:

      Damning with faint praise? I kinda don’t think so, Helen. I think David Koch is merely reluctant to hitch his wagon to any of the three remaining candidates because none represents what he’s seeking, a reliable source of influence. The Koch brothers have contributed to Democrats as well as Republicans, just not as much. They would like to see us become a plutocracy. At least, that’s my take on it.

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  2. PiedType says:

    Excellent analysis, I’d say. I also enjoyed some of the comments, such as: “…a word to the wise…don’t sit on your laurels celebrating the demise of the Republican party and forgo voting this November, you may think/hope the beast is dead but evil has a way of rising out of the ashes and biting you in the butt…” and ” … this is a bumper sticker plastered on the rear bumper of my car:
    ‘NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF STUPID PEOPLE IN LARGE GROUPS'”

    Despite how bad the Republicans look right now, there’s no telling what will happen in November.

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    • Jim Wheeler says:

      Right, PT. I also like this insight:

      But Trump is the tremor which presages an earthquake. For the fissures which will roil the convention will fracture the party for years to come.

      The most shattering is the fear and loathing between Trump’s blue-collar base and the wealthy donors and ideological conservatives who have labeled them electoral lowlife.

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  3. Elyse says:

    PT Barnum had nothing on Trump, that’s for sure! I hesitate to predict the GOP’s or Trump’s demise because with each prediction, that clown seems to get stronger. Nobody thought he could win a primary, now he is likely to win the nomination. Nobody thinks he can win the presidency, either. I don’t but I want people to stop saying that because whenever we say Trump can’t, well Trump DOES. And that is not healthy for our country.

    Besides, the nastiness he will bring to the race, that he has already brought, will get so much worse that it will undermine what little trust Hillary has. And that’s not a good thing, either.

    In case you can’t tell, I haven’t read the article. I’m still at work and will take a look at it tonight and may come back …

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