Liberal MSM conventional wisdom and the GOPe
In part, I think, Republican leaders brought this on themselves. Over the decades they pried open a Pandora’s box, a toxic politics of fear and resentment, sometimes brewed with a tinge of racial animus, and they could never satisfy the unrealistic expectations that they nurtured among supporters.
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The Republican establishment profited from the insinuations that Obama is a Muslim, that he’s anti-American, that his health care plan would lead to “death panels.”
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This is a theme of a smart new book by E.J. Dionne Jr., “Why the Right Went Wrong,” who argues that Republican leaders repeatedly made unrealistic pledges — of smaller government, preservation of bygone values and an end to demographic change. “The history of contemporary American conservatism is a story of disappointment and betrayal,” he writes, and that helps explain the disenchantment with the Republican establishment.
This is the liberal MSM conventional wisdom. Zillions of liberal MSM political commentators other than Kristof have written similar things.
Just as I predicted that a Romney loss would cause the GOPe to accept the conventional wisdom that they need to be more pro-Hispanic to win elections (a strategy they failed to follow through on because of too much opposition to it from the more hardcore conservative elements), I predict that after the GOPe capitulates to Trump as the nominee, they will accept this liberal MSM conventional wisdom about why they lost control of the party.
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Once again, to be clear, I don’t agree with Kristof, but I predict that GOPe will come to agree with him, because the GOPe always capitulates to the liberal world-view after losing.
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And by “capitulate,” I mean that’s when the GOPe finally stops believing that Trump is magically going to disappear and that Rubio, Bush or Kasich will be nominated. Once they come to believe that Trump is the nominee and they can’t stop it, that’s when they will need an explanation for what went wrong, and they will accept the Kristof explanation.