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Brooks cries over today’s GOP

October 2, 2015

You don’t get the GOP you want. You get the GOP of the old, white, dumb men who applaud at your speeches. I sometimes felt a bit sorry for Barry Goldwater, who seemed a bit puzzled that so many racists and bigots were attracted to his principled ideas. And never managed to figure out why that was.

I don’t feel the least bit sorry for David Brooks, who is puzzled that today’s GOP is resentful and backward looking.

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  1. October 2, 2015 10:33 am

    I don’t know what GOP Brooks is talking about. This GOP looked like this since the 1988 election, when I was first here. It was about fear. Fear of Dukakis letting blacks out of prison. Fear of Al Gore protecting social security (throwing away the key anyone?). Fear of Kerry loosing the war against terrorism. Fear of a black President and with foreign name. All the while promoting a christianity that wants women back in kitchens, and gays back in closets, and darker people “back to where they came from”.
    Did I miss something?

    • rturpin permalink*
      October 4, 2015 7:35 pm

      There has been a shift in primary politics. The Tea Party crowd never was happy with Bush or Romney. Those candidates were able to quickly gain dominance because they were favored by the large donors. Now, the “establishment” candidates are running a distance second field to Tea Party favorites like Trump and Carson. It’s true, as you point out, that Bush and Romney sent dog whistles to the far right, about race and religion and nativism. Those just never were much appreciated, and now what they want is red meat.

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