It’s Not Just Democrats; BOTH Parties Are A Mess!

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As this is being written the democrats have elected a new committee chairman, former Obama Labor Secretary, Tom Perez, and everyone seems… united?   I suppose all that will come true or not as time and events unfold.  But what’s been nagging at me is all this bally-who about the Dems being in such disarray after Trump’s win and the subsequent losses in congressional seats and governorships.

It wasn’t that long ago when the polls heading into the election were predicting a Democratic win and the Republicans were reportedly in disarray.  What planet am I on here??

Look, I am no political strategist by any means.  My current stage of political activism is going into verbal tirades directed at the TV set when my common sense detects idiocy (which is very often lately).   Yeah, I blog my discontent as well, but I call that “coping therapy”.  My point is all I have available to form opinion is what I see and hear.. and read.  What I heard before the election  was that Trump’s maverick behavior, moral conduct, coupled with his total naivety of politics, was alienating a large segment of the Republican Party, especially in Congress.  Politicos like Speaker Ryan and others were teetering on the edge up until the end, in proclaiming their undying support to Trump because this guy had an explosive mouth, each day saying something controversial and contrary to traditional Americanism.

Before the election the Republicans were in a tail spin; ultra-right loved Trump, moderate and conservative Republicans held back.  Some astute people predicted a Trump win by this rust belt, traditional democrats-gone-republican segment of voters, but few listened to them, and certainly no party leadership.. because those polls showed differently.  Had the Dems won the election we’d be talking about the Republicans in turmoil.. not the Dems.

So I suppose I have a question or two here…  If Clinton won the popular vote by some 3 million plus, does that not suggest the Democrats were in tune with the feeling of most of the country?  I don’t see the “turmoil” in all that.  Yes… the Democrats surely need to re-examine the electoral vote strategy of what key states to visit to acknowledge any voter segment feeling disenfranchised.. but to me that falls under election strategy, not a complete party re-organization.  Loosing governorships and congressional seats IS a big deal.  That could be for any reason, and less about a liberal philosophy being out of step with some national reality.

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The Democrats were by and large in step with supporting Hillary.  There were mumblings about her email “baggage”, but at that time there was very little discontent within the democratic ranks.  Now, the Republicans were, and are, a different story.  There was no question that prior to the election there were a fair number of traditional Washington Republicans who expressed a reluctance and wariness with Trump.. before AND after the primary.  Also, this premonition by some voices that the rust belt states would carry the electoral votes and hence the election, was not a mainstream Republican belief at the time either.   Given the general “disbelief” in Trump on a daily basis with conservative traditionalists, and the aligning of the conservative extreme right faction welcoming all that Trump bravado nonsense, the GOP was the party in disarray.

Where are we at now?  The Democrats have always been united.  But that does not mean they are getting the message out or being responsive to very important voter demographic segments of the country.  I contend it’s the Republicans that are in a mess and don’t realize it yet.  Take note.. the Republicans didn’t win the election, Trump won.  That’s how he sees it.  He’s filling the White House with many inexperienced ultra-conservatives.  Anything that can be interpreted as being a “Trump Republicanism” is largely not traditional Republican philosophy.. and certainly nothing like Reagan (I don’t know why people keep insisting Reagan alone is some hallmark of Republicanism).

I am sure, dear reader/listener, you recall not too long ago that no sooner did Trump win that all the congressional republican apprehension evaporated and now they proclaim to be the kumbayah party.  Ryan was the big one for that.. leading the pack.  It was all an unnerving display of trading one’s personal moral convictions (against Trump) on what is right and wrong, for political expediency.

But be that as it may, there are still a number of “closet Republican traditionalists” in Congress… of the likes of McCain and Graham.. who are balancing their comments and opinions regarding the President.  I don’t feel one bit confident that the GOP is all that…. united.  There’s a defining conflict with traditional Republican philosophy, and this idea that Trump even has a philosophy is an aberration.  He has an agenda, not a philosophy.  One also wonders if his staff has their own agenda.  Scary times ahead, folks.

Carry on America

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21 thoughts on “It’s Not Just Democrats; BOTH Parties Are A Mess!

  1. I remember decades ago we lowly radicals were telling the American people just how screwed up the whole process was and we got lots of grief…my fave was the old reliable….”Love it or leave it”….I am glad to see that the voter is finally getting a grip on this problem and hopefully they will retain their anger until the next election….chuq

    • They are like little children …. they thrive on instant gratification and as soon as their anger fails to give them their “Hit” of adrenalin, they will move on and look for something else to be angry about. Human nature … and the History of America! Americans love novelty but the shine soon wears off their novelties and they wrap it back up in the plastic it came from, pitch it into the nearest landfill and look for something with more shine, more glisten, more glamor, more instant gratification. I remember a lot of angst over Bush but for some reason I am not hearing much of it anymore — and it dominated all the talking heads and their cousins at one time.

  2. I recall a comedy album back in the days when this genre was popular, by popular Nixon impersonator David Frye (his funny bits are still around on YouTube). One such bit on the album was some faux interview with Abby Hoffman (played by future star of “Welcome Back, Kotter”, Gabe Kaplan).

    Interviewer: So what is it your protest is trying to do in America?
    Hoffman: We want to bring down the military industrial complex, Macy’s, American Express, American imperialism, nuclear proliferation, the book-of-the-month club, the Pentagon; destroy the auto industry, unions, the entire educational system, all government regulation of our lives, Washington elitism, the National Park Service, the Bank of America…
    Interviewer: And what will you do after all that has been destroyed?
    Hoffman: Oh.. I dunno. Groove on the rubble?

  3. Perhaps the Republicans didn’t “Win The Election” but for some strange reason they seem to be in control of at least two of the branches of government … so what difference does it make whether “The Republicans” won the election or not? Control is the key! Winning is good but actually having the wheel in hand is the real thrill …. the real reality. The Republicans are in charge now regardless of who won this or who won that.

    • I am suggesting that true control rests with shared ideology, John. I am not all that sold on the idea that every last republican is marching to Trump’s agenda.. and I firmly feel Trump doesn’t give a damn what the philosophy is.. his agenda is all that matters. I can very much sense that Trump, and especially the Bannonites in the White House, don’t give a damn about Congress either. They expect Congressional republicans to march to their tune and rubber stamp everything.

  4. Polls were completely off. The electoral college worked. Trump won by an American majority, not just by the liberal strongholds in California and New York. Frankly, the voters were sick and tired of the failed democratic strategy under the Obama administration. Republicans have gotten it together and we are quite happy we have the house for these next 8 years. You may have to adjust your time clock on your main page to 8 year term.

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