A very legit question. (Granted I posed it.) Outside of a few urban centers, California, and New England the Dems are nowhere. Add that people are leaving California and the North East in droves and one can see the Democratic Party’s problem. They are in danger of becoming the Quebecois Party of the USA. Man, have things changed, and it is largely due to a president that much of America simply doesn’t trust.
I’d say passing Obamacare at any time was a mistake. The program was and is a train wreck which is still piling up. The Dems know it. The American people know it. And it is the reason, to a large degree, why the Senate and the House are in GOP hands.
What is interesting particularly to me is that on economic issues Rand Paul is by FAR FAR FAR the most “conservative” of the likely GOP candidates. On other issues I think he just takes a pragmatic and grown up approach. This is a winning combination. Jeb and Christie ain’t going to do it folks. They won’t get elected. Rand has a real shot and he has a chance at winning the presidency in a completely unique way which will totally screw with the political consultant class in DC. And let’s be honest, liberal,or conservative, or whatever, we all want to see those guys get it.
Think about this. It’s STILL true.
I hate that it’s a 0 or 1 binary political situation, Democrat or Republican, Coke/Pepsi, and in some ways it’s not. The Libertarian Party has made huge headway in many places this year just by simply saying and reflecting what people actually believe. The guy in the North Carolina Senate race is awesome.
Below is my sense of the political landscape at this moment. I do not necessarily agree with all of these sentiments but it is where I think the country is right – and I mean right – now.
He is a parliamentary candidate from the Ukrainian Internet Party. I say at least we know where this guy is coming from. Better the dark Jedi you know than the dark Jedi you don’t right?
I would actually argue that this is an antiquated way of looking at things. I would be more interested to know which cities leaned more toward statism and which generally leaned away.
The one and only time I met Ron Paul was in his office in DC in 2007. I had long admired him and I had come to pitch Dr. Paul on becoming a client of mine. I was a fledgling stock broker and I thought I might be able to interest him in some gold stocks.
What’s funny is that as soon as I walked through the door of his office and he and I sat down I forgot all about doing business and we just talked politics and strategy for about 20-25 minutes.
I left his office with a deepened respect for the man. Something which rarely happens (I now know) after meeting a politician in person.
Obama has encouraged this influx. The Chamber of Commerce has encouraged this influx. Mexico has encouraged this influx. Special interests like La Raza have encouraged this influx. It is hardball politics.