Both conventions will no doubt be ridiculous spectacles. But Uber feels that the spectacle in the City of Brotherly Love is more politically advantageous than hanging with Republicans. This despite the fact that Democrats across the nation have fought Uber’s efforts to expand at every turn and that both Clinton and Sanders have been highly critical of the company. (This is actually one of the main reasons Uber is passing on Cleveland of course. They are intimidated and figure Clinton will likely win so it’s not worth being “tarnished”
In the polling world 73% is a big number. When a president is at 73% approval it is the smoothest of sailing. When 73% of the voters in a party think party leaders are not reflecting their views it reflects serious anger.
Likely GOP leadership will dismiss these numbers as they have the TEA Party, the opposition to the Omnibus spending bills, the opposition to the Export-Import Bank renewal, and all sorts of other things.
How long leadership can continue to do so is another question.
Again we ask, why even have the primaries? All those hours in the cold of Iowa and New Hampshire. All that traveling. All those speeches. All that money. Lots and lots of money.
It’s all too much. GOP, Dem, whatever. The point of the prior article was to illuminate how pervasive military contractor money is. So much so that even Bernie Sanders, crunchy ole’ socialist Bernie Sanders, is caught up in it. This shouldn’t be surprising to his supporters as the F-35 is based out of Vermont. Of course some defense money is going to come his way.
We have no horse in this race. (Or any other race.) Bernie,
I basically don’t buy this analysis but it is an interesting and let’s say cute article that is worth reading for the Washington DC insider take.
But John Hart misses a very important and fundamental component of the current tumult in the GOP, namely Ron Paul. It was Paul’s critique of the GOP as a party which is in no way actually for “small government” which got this ball rolling. The first “TEA parties” were in support of the Congressman and his 2008 presidential run.
I’ll put this in the “we’ll see” category.
That whole primary thing? Oh, yeah, we were just kidding about that.
Big government Republicans are much more common than small government Republicans. At least in Washington DC.
Saying that, as noted in the attached article, much good has been done over the last 5 years.
Having 3rd party candidates on the debate stage would only be good for the Republic. The debates are controlled by a political cartel and they should be broken open.
Remember Coke and Pepsi are not OPPOSITES, just flavors. Same for the Dems and the GOP.
Man, Trump has got the Washington and New York GOP folks going nuts.
It is interesting to note that these guys aren’t so concerned that Trump will lose the White House for the GOP as they are concerned that he’ll win it.
Many people see the federal government as not reflecting their views at all. Some see the unending expansion of the state into every nook and cranny of life, and the gaming of the government by powerful corporate and political interests, as a real threat. Indeed that our massive government is encroaching on the things many Americans hold particularly dear, independence, for some – faith, economic liberty, liberty generally, privacy, and so on.
Ah yes, I see the GOP leaning voters just clamoring for another Romney run. It’s not like Romney and his ilk are one of the reasons Republicanish voters are so angry or anything.
Michael Lind has written a long article in Politico (where he is a contributing editor) on the future of the Republican party. I’ll save you the trouble of reading all of it. At the end, it suggests that the rational thing for the party to do is to accept today’s “progressive” welfare state, but just try to tilt the government payments to white middle class workers and businesses, in other words the core voters and the core financiers of the party.