Question of the Day: What Price Trump

Sean McElwee:

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  1. PlainT says:

    I love thinking about this, I feel like it’s the most puzzling topic in politics: how did everything become so polarized, and how do people still support candidates whose policies could hurt the very constituents they’re representing?

    I think there are a few things going on here:
    1) As I’ve heard it discussed, Republicans who support the right wing conservatives don’t think in those terms; for them, being Republican is a personal and social identity, and not just a political platform. This, I think, makes them more likely to take the bad with the good, and the GOP hasn’t yet reached a tipping point where the “bad” outpaces the “good”. The GOP is somewhat smart about this; for example, Rubio makes a distinction between his personal beliefs and his political platform on abortion, presumably to keep from alienating voters… he’s playing that balancing game. I assume other candidates are as well, but they play the balancing game by erring on the side of conservatism.
    2) At some point they might think, “maybe (necessary) tax hikes aren’t worth supporting the openly ‘socialist’ party”. Socialism is a dirtier word than racism for many.
    3) Fox does a wonderful job of distorting the truth for their audience, swayed by special interests while painting the liberal media as “propaganda”. In this way they can spread propaganda, plant seeds of doubt, all while maintaining credibility.
    4) The “openly racist” part is a matter of perspective. Sure, if you look at the policies and the platform and other practical matters, GOP supports racist policies… on the other hand, people look at Jindal, Rubio, and Carson and see a far more diverse group of candidates than the Dems. I mean, I would counter that by saying that they are being tokenized by their party, that diverse representation is not a substitute for policies that even the playing field and help minorities, and that those 3 candidates are still wealthy and so don’t ACTUALLY represent the true spectrum of political affiliation of Black, Latino, and Southeast Asian voters. Nevertheless, Rubio has the Latino GOP vote, Carson hasn’t alienated black voters, and Jindal… well, maybe someday he’ll throw his hat in the ring again. Just because racist Trump is in the lead doesn’t mean that he represents the majority of GOPers.
    5) Lastly, people ARE defecting from the GOP. Not in droves as one would imagine, though…

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