Mike Lofgren, a long time Republican GOP staffer, analyzes and laments the GOP rise. Trump is no fluke, nor are the 32 Republican governors. Democrats hoping that demography will seep the GOP away are unrealistic. The Republicans are relentlessly on message and committed to their regressive agenda. - gwc
Republicans Are Revolutionaries, Not Conservatives: A Response to Thomas Schaller |
by Mike Lofgren
....The comprehensive national failures of the last decade and a half have contributed to a pre-revolutionary mood in America. Obama’s 2008 campaign tapped into the Zeitgeist, but the president repudiated the very mood that elected him. Occupy Wall Street was another sign, but it fizzled out when Democrats distanced themselves. The Tea Party is yet another indication and has endured longer because of better funding and its incorporation into the GOP’s tactical infrastructure. And while the two figures are certainly not equivalent, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders show that there is a deep hunger for something different, something – at least within the framework of the contemporary American political system – revolutionary.