Republican Voters Married The Guy Or Girl You’re Only Supposed To Date

Years ago, in the 1980s, there was a meeting at Democratic Party fundraiser Pamela Harriman‘s house attended by prominent Democratic officials. They were debating whether Democrats should “let Reagan be Reagan”–that is, let him have his way, allow things to go completely to shit, and then clean up electorally. They decided to oppose Reagan’s policies, and they did curb the worst of his administration’s excesses. I’ve always wondered what would have happened had they just decided to get out of the way, and thrown him an anvil.

Which brings us to a particularly annoying genre of news story, the one that describes a Republican voter who is suddenly surprised Republican officials are planning to do all of the things they said they would do, such as screw up healthcare*. One recent example are the Iowa policemen who are shocked that Iowa Republicans are conducting a frontal assault on public sector unions. Apparently, they believed they could have it both ways: they could indulge their Palinist** impulses and vote for the candidate that represents their values (i.e., Make America White And (a Certain Kind of) Christian Again), while avoiding the awful Republican policies that would nail them in the pocketbook.

A major reason they believe this is that Democratic officials, despite their myriad faults, have attempted to plane off the sharpest edges of Republican policies–and, since the devil typically takes the hindmost, unlike to Democratic voters, who often really need this crap, Republican voters are less likely to be harmed.

Until now.

Republican voters are about to learn what happens when there are no Democrats in a position to protect Republican voters from themselves. They wanted conservative values in government. Now these bozos are going to get conservative values good and hard.

I would enjoy this, except that the rest of us will be fucked too.

*The percentage of Republicans who believe that ‘Obamacare’ and the ACA are different things boggles the mind.

**I would argue that Palinism was just proto-Trumpism and are essentially the same.

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2 Responses to Republican Voters Married The Guy Or Girl You’re Only Supposed To Date

  1. Hondo says:

    I think the Kaiser polling results in your link show further confusion, or rather the failure to think this issue through, is that only 16% of Trump voters agree with the requirement that most Americans purchase insurance or pay a fine. At the same time they like the exchanges, and all the other question in the poll had majority support. They don’t seem to understand the concept of the death spiral and how the individual mandate prevents that, thereby making the exchanges possible at all.
    Like all other republican policy positions, it makes sense as long as you don’t think about it too much.

  2. Net Denizen says:

    The worst part, to me, is that the democrats would just play along anyway if they had any kind of power to put the tiniest roadblock against the republican agenda. We saw this in the GW Bush years when they voted for every damn thing they should have opposed in order to get along and “get re-elected”. I recall discussing with a buddy how the dems should be opposing things that are their policy wheelhouse and he said they were just trying to wait until the republicans screwed up so they could clean up on election day. Well, republicans keep fucking us over and democrats keep losing, so I wonder what he thinks of that strategy today?

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