The Lifeboats, Cont.

More Exciting News From Trump HQ!

Axios’ morning email thingie backs the theory that the GOP=Trump; Mike Allen just don’t realize it yet, or realizes that he still has a buck to make off of them. Anyway, let’s look:

Rarely has a president changed his party as fast and profoundly as Donald J. Trump.

  • Love him or hate him, you can no longer argue his ability to bend an entire party to his will.
  • In the two and a half years since he announced his candidacy, he has moved the party away from decades of orthodoxy on trade, Russia, deficits and more — and has helped make the law-and-order party skeptical of FBI leadership.
  • A source close to GOP leadership said: “We are all MAGAs now” — devotees of Make America Great Again.

Axios, to their credit are calling it out now, but that is likely to change. To their discredit, they headlined this bit, The Cult of Trump. As we’ll see in a moment, Axios undermines their own premise that Trump changed the Party (emphasis mine). They continue:

Axios’ Jonathan Swan points out that perhaps the most profound thing Trump has done is show how many movement leaders and Republicans in Congress are out of touch with Republican voters:

  • There’s a massive cohort of Republican voters who are socially conservative and culturally reactionary but fiscally liberal, even if they don’t know it.
  • The base is very skeptical of trade deals — convinced that ordinary Americans have lost at globalization.
  • Huge swaths of Trump Country are dependent on Social Security, Medicaid and other government programs.

In other words, Possum Hollar is the Republican Party. There is no intellectual conservative movement or ideals, it is just an id running free across the prairie. The economic message in the points above are reflected in the points below:

While much of the GOP donor class is passionate about issues like criminal justice reform and expanded high-skilled immigration, many GOP voters want the exact opposite:

  • The ratio between the number of Republicans who think that way, versus number of conservatives who talk that way on cable TV or at the Capitol, is way out of whack. Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum were their lonely on-air champions.
  • If Trump has tapped into a silent majority, it’s those voters — the opposite of Paul Ryan voters, the opposite of Rubio, the opposite of Jeb.
  • The source close to GOP leadership said: “All evidence in the last two years points to the fact that the R base was never as ‘conservative’ on economic policy as we portrayed them during the Obama years.”

Criminal Justice Reform from the Republicans means private prisons to you and me, but I digress.  So maybe the tax cuts might backfire? Or if more stories like Paul Ryan’s hilarious praise of the weekly $1.50 salary increase come out, they WILL back fire? And of course, there’s the razor blade in the apple, both sides:

There’s also tons of big money for liberalism, establishment conservatism and libertarianism. But you don’t have fancy think tanks representing these Trump Country voters:

  • One example of the money discrepancy is the amount of funding for pro-immigration groups versus immigration restrictionists.
  • Trump instinctively understands these Huckabee-Santorum voters, and he instinctively understands they are vastly underrepresented in Washington.
  • The vast majority of lawmakers in Washington don’t understand them, feel deeply uncomfortable with their social conservatism and don’t understand their concerns about trade or immigration.

And yet, Possum Hollar continues to support them. Weird. Here is Axios’ take away, but I think they fundamentally get the equation wrong:


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7 Responses to The Lifeboats, Cont.

  1. w3ski4me says:

    A friend explained to me that “we can’t let this current outburst of Nazism and Racism go back under their rocks”, we have to put an end to this. True, We actually fought two wars, one a Civil and one a World War to put those ideas away and still it slithers out again.
    I can clearly see what you mean that there is no “tRumpism”, he is only an enabler. It’s really the rethugs and their crusty old ideals coming out of the closet. Being polite in public is now ‘bad’ and the evil are empowered to speak their minds and release their pent up hatred.
    Free Speech is fine and dandy, but hate speech is something we have descended into, and it doesn’t look good “for the Union”.
    So many people are trying to be roadblocks to our future, with worn out hatred from the “past” (sadly not past enough).
    It is as though we need to limit Free Speech, and yes I can also see the problems there as well.
    Yet also, there are moments of unity as there haven’t been in a long time. “Marching” changed the War In Nam, I was there and involved in that one. I can only hope that marching will change the war for civility and a Union again.
    The wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz said it best:
    “What a world, what a world”

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  2. ming says:

    Back under the rocks is the best you can hope for. This is a fight that will never end. Let’s hope our generation is up for it.

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  3. roket says:

    Who knew that their Knight in Shining Armor would be orange and fly a yellow banner? Ugly.

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  4. RobGinChicago says:

    “We are all MAGAs now” I agree completely, and I say that all the damned time! Mueller Ain’t Going Away!


  5. Christopher A Carman says:

    I think this called ‘going full Driftglass’


    • tengrain says:

      Driftglass and I have been pals since the internet was young, so I take that as a YUGE compliment, thank you!



      PS – I wonder if Drifty has ever gotten a comment that he’s gone full ‘Grain? Somehow I doubt it, but a blogger can dream.


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