This Isn’t Your Father’s Republican Party.

There are three candidates representing your father’s Republican Party. They are Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Chris Christy. All three are near the bottom in polling.

Reagan and Bush One were in that party. The cobbled together an aggressive military posture, lower taxes and traditionalism into a single ideology. The concept was called fusion. They steered clear of taking any of them very far if at all lest they lose the other two.

Along came Bush II who thought his job was to actually do these things. We invaded two countries, cut taxes and embedded religion into the structure of government.

He made each of the factions feel entitled to take over the party. Traditionalism became the religious right. A strong military became anti immigration and lower taxes became libertarianism. Each started doing its own fundraising, its own think tanks and its own publications. None of them has much interest in a winning Republican Presidency unless it is theirs.

Lots of people from each of the factions recognize their own faction will probably not be successful. Their view is they do not want the establishment party of Bush I back in either so they don’t support the three musketeers representing it.

They see voting for a candidate from their own faction as throwing away a vote because he/she will not win. They refuse to vote for a Democrat and old GOP party guy. Along comes another candidate who puts his figure in the eyes of everyone they dislike.

His name is Trump.

[An article about this kind of politics is linked in comments.]

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    1. We’ve been introduced to this year’s grievance about how Christmas is presented by merchants. Previous years the grip has been clerks wished “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”. This year it is Starbucks cups with no mention of Christmas on them. They are red.

      I have a suggestion for Starbucks. Recall millions of cups the put the words “Bah Humbug” on them. If some Christians insist on recognizing the holiday, there it is.

  1. Henry

    Jon: “They refuse to vote for a Democrat and old GOP party guy.”

    Either of those two potential mifics do not stir the heart.

    1. Henry 9:34 Either of those two potential mifics do not stir the heart.

      Who then, Mr. Mysterious, stirs your heart. You said it is not anti abortion Santorum. It must be Cruz.

      1. Henry

        I wouldn’t have a problem with Santorum except he has been so heavily vilified, he wouldn’t stand a chance against Hill.

        The news media plantation are trying to lynch Carson over semantics of what “scholarship” means. Here, Jon. Maybe you can advocate for one of your progeny to receive a scholarship for West Point.

        http://www.ncsasports.org/athletic-scholarships/mens-lacrosse/new-york/united-states-military-academy

        I received all kinds of scholarship offers. I do not believe I could find the documentation to them anymore. They are probably now composed of ash in some burn pit where we dumped our burnt out garbage out of the 55 gallon drums. I suppose that means I lied.

        1. Henry 12:05 Even as a politician, I can say one thing with absolute truthfulness. I received no offers of scholarships.

          As you probably know, getting admitted to a military academy is a process that involves lots of people. I have written letters for a couple of young people over the years. It is possible some House of Senate member, or a staff person, could have said to a young Carson, “I’ll get you a scholarship to West Point.” But, he should know by this time in his life it was an off hand comment, not something he really had.

          I will admit it is not really important outside of politics whether Carson wrote lots of things about himself which are not true. Neither are Hillary’s emails or that Obama was born a Muslim. But, inside politics they can be important.

          To me, the most important thing for Presidents are the ability to make judgments about what people tell them. I think Bush I, Clinton and Obama mostly did well–there were no huge mistakes. But W was in over his head. Carson reminds me of W.

          1. Henry

            Jon”“I will admit it is not really important outside of politics whether Carson wrote lots of things about himself which are not true. Neither are Hillary’s emails or that Obama was born a Muslim.”

            Placing Carson’s issue of having to listen to the plantation media pull his words out of context in order to construe a “lie” and effect a lynching doesn’t even compare to Hillary’s issue of exporting classified information out of the secure system. People are serving long terms for the same crime. There is no crime one has committed in having someone else pull your words out of context.

            Based on how Trump has opportunistically piled on this poor journalism is a clue that he should not be voted for. He has fulfilled his usefulness.

            P.S. The West Point scholarship is still available to your grandkids.

          2. Henry

            Jon: “As you probably know, getting admitted to a military academy is a process that involves lots of people.”

            Jon, that is like saying: as you probably know, getting admitted to fighter pilot school is a process that involves lots of people.

            To my knowledge, Carson claimed neither. Admission to a military academy or fighter pilot school was not claimed by Carson. One could go on all day inventing absurd claims and say he didn’t do it, fallaciously implying he actually claimed doing them.

          3. Henry 8:55 I did not mean to say he said he was admitted. I meant he should have known whoever “made him an offer” was probably full of BS because being admitted is a long process. He claims someone made an offer and, apparently, believes if he had “accepted” he would have gone to West Point. Lots of people want to go to West Point–there is competition. In 1990, when he was a middle aged man he made this claim and should have known better than to brag about such an “offer”.

            At a news conference in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Carson said he rejected the offer and never filed an application to the school.

            “It didn’t go to that extent,” Carson said. “It was an offer to me. It was specifically made.”

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