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Jeet Heer Oct 11
In 1964 Richard Hofstadter thought that the GOP's rightwing fever would break after Goldwater's trouncing. Subsequent Democrats hoped for moderation of GOP after Watergate, Iran/Contra, 1992 loss, 2008 loss and 2012 loss. It's a fantasy that refuses to die.
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Jeet Heer
Rather than dreaming about some mythical return of moderate Republicans, liberals would be better off understanding that a bid chunk of America (say 30-35%) are revanchist right & another big chunk is willing to ally with revanchist right. That's the permanent reality.
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davidrieff Oct 11
Replying to @HeerJeet
One might add that what when I was young (in the late Cenozoic) we would have called moderate Republicans are now a substantial part of the Democratic Party --- as in, ahem, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
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Jeet Heer Oct 11
Replying to @davidrieff
Exactly. As Obama is alleged to have said, the Democrats are the Eisenhower Republicans now.
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TheseLongWars Oct 11
Replying to @HeerJeet
It would force them to become strategic and liberals hate having to be strategic.
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Captain Von Doomscroll Oct 11
Replying to @HeerJeet
Because the core of GOP is the marriage of broadly unpopular social policy with wildly unpopular economic policy, the fever can never break. What would a Conservative party intent on winning a majority of voters even stand for? It’d be a totally new party.
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Upthorn - BLM ACAB, Trans Rights Oct 11
Replying to @spectorjon @HeerJeet
No, it'd just be the Democrats.
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Mr. X Oct 11
Replying to @HeerJeet
A mutating virus
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N.N. Scott Oct 11
Replying to @HeerJeet @Popehat
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James Phillips Oct 11
Replying to @HeerJeet @Popehat
What might work, though, is a Dem commitment to restoring majority rule. White nationalism only succeeds because of the counter majoritarian elements of our system.
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oh what now Oct 11
Replying to @HeerJeet
There is also a chunk who hold up false equivalencies between the revanchist right and the centre - they do this in order to avoid having to compromise their utopian future
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The Library Owl πŸŒ»πŸ§™β€β™€οΈπŸ¦‰ Oct 11
Replying to @HeerJeet
the sooner we accept that a good quarter of the country would support murdering us, the better off
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The Masked Hermit Oct 11
the sooner that quarter accepts that they rely on most of the rest of the country for tax subsidies and without us their lives get even harder, the better off
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