‘No more than right wing politics turned up to eleven’

Donald Trump

Josh Marshall, like many other political observers, is still trying to explain why Donald Trump remains the front-runner for the Tea-GOP presidential nomination. He has led the polls since he announced his candidacy in July.

Parties and politics inflect and harness trends in the broader society. They don’t create them. There’s nothing new under the sun about Trumpism. It’s just a turbo-charged, more media savvy version of the resentment politics the GOP has been tapping for fuel and riding for decades.

…Trump, in his current incarnation, is no more than right wing politics turned up to eleven.

BTW kudos for the Nigel Tufnel reference from the hilarious “This is Spinal Tap” (1984). Yes, what Trump is saying isn’t really different – only he says it louder.

The right-wing and the Republicans have merged into what I starting calling the Tea-GOP last year (after John Boehner famously said that there was no difference between the Tea Party and the GOP). This means that there is no way for Trump’s primary opponents to attack his actual policy positions as too extreme. On the contrary, they copy his rhetoric.

Before this election cycle, Tea-GOPers used to talk about a border fence (e.g. John McCain’s call to build the “danged fence”). Now everybody calls it a “wall” because Trump wants a wall. When Trump started complaining about so-called “anchor babies,” even John Ellis (“Jeb!”) Bush started using that derogatory term. Now Trump is setting the terms of the hysterical debate regarding Syrian refugees.

None of the serious political journalists think Trump will emerge as the eventual Tea-GOP presidential nominee. Josh Marshall is predicting either Rafael (“Ted”) Cruz or Marco Rubio. Even if he doesn’t win, the Tea-GOP brand is now defined by Trump – and he’ll be giving a big speech at the nominating convention.

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  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on November 27, 2015 - 1:02 pm

    If Trump peed on his audience, would they cheer? I’m wondering.

    Now there’s a guy who doesn’t take any crap from anybody!!

    But he may be the sane one when you consider this segment from the Rachel Maddow show of late. She makes a very good case that Huckabee, Jindal and Cruz had to have known what was said at a Religious Liberty conference they all spoke at.

    Here’s “The New York Times” take on these Nazi’s. And yes, I call them Nazi’s.

    We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto. :(

  2. #2 by Larry Bergan on November 27, 2015 - 1:11 pm

    But let’s be fair. They ARE going to let the gays repent before they’re executed.

  3. #3 by Richard Warnick on November 27, 2015 - 1:39 pm

    Some people are trying to re-define “religious liberty” as the freedom to oppress fellow citizens. Which is un-American, to say the least. Shame on the Tea-GOPers who accept support from religious extremists.

    • #4 by Larry Bergan on November 27, 2015 - 4:17 pm

      I’m sure the Koch’s will come out and say, “enough is enough”, being the freedom loving people they are.


  4. #5 by Larry Bergan on November 27, 2015 - 4:14 pm

    I have a good campaign slogan.

    Vote for Bernie Sanders: He doesn’t hang around with people who advocate executing peaceful Americans!

    I can’t believe I was able to say that with a straight face.

  5. #6 by Richard Warnick on November 28, 2015 - 1:11 pm

    Various commentators have pointed out that Trump’s antics have attracted so much attention that most people don’t realize how extreme most of the other Tea-GOP presidential candidates are.

  6. #7 by Richard Warnick on November 28, 2015 - 1:40 pm

    Colorado Springs: a playground for pro-life, pro-gun evangelical Christians

    Yesterday’s Planned Parenthood shooter contributed to the atmosphere of violence in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

  7. #9 by Larry Bergan on November 28, 2015 - 3:36 pm

    I wonder if this is going to stop the protesters that were picketing this particular Planned Parenthood facility.

    We all know this sort of thing is already normal. Who in the country didn’t see the breaking news and say to themselves, “here we go again”?

  8. #10 by Richard Warnick on November 29, 2015 - 9:44 pm

    Tea-GOPers are being forced to play the “no true Scotsman” game as they attempt to deny the link between anti-abortion groups and terrorism.

    Carly Fiorina: Linking Planned Parenthood attack to ‘pro-life’ activists is ‘typical left-wing tactics’

    As Stephen Colbert memorably observed, reality has a well-known liberal bias.

    Also, too: Hey, media: This man is not a ‘gunman.’ He’s a terrorist

  9. #12 by Richard Warnick on November 30, 2015 - 11:33 am

    Sunday Shows Let GOP Candidates Get Away With Lies About Planned Parenthood After Deadly Colorado Shooting

    Following the November 27 shooting at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood location that killed three people and wounded nine others, three major Sunday political shows — Fox News Sunday, Meet The Press, and State Of The Union — allowed guests to hype the false claim that Planned Parenthood sells “baby parts” based on a series of deceptively-edited videos from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP).

  10. #13 by Larry Bergan on November 30, 2015 - 2:39 pm

    I guess CNN asking the question, “is this terrorism” is a baby step in the right direction towards starting to tell truth. Way to go boys!

    These good Christian candidates for president should be ashamed of themselves for not changing their rhetoric against Planned Parenthood one iota.

  11. #14 by Richard Warnick on December 4, 2015 - 1:10 pm

    Josh Marshall, today:

    Yes, Trump Could Really Happen

    Ben Carson will not be the nominee. That leaves us with Trump, Cruz and Rubio. The longer this goes without clarifying as a de facto two person race, the the more likely it is that Trump will win the nomination. For the GOP and GOP congressional candidates Cruz might be almost as bad as Trump. Rubio is the obvious choice as someone who can credible take on Hillary Clinton and, even if he loses, would be a perfectly palatable standard bearer to run with. But he does not seem to be making the move. Could. But hasn’t yet.

  12. #15 by Richard Warnick on December 8, 2015 - 11:31 am

    Donald Trump wants to close up the Internet

    Hours after Donald Trump suggested the U.S. ban Muslims from entering the United States, the leading Republican presidential candidate said America should also consider “closing the Internet up in some way” to fight Islamic State terrorists in cyberspace.

    Trump mocked anyone who would object that his plan might violate the freedom of speech, saying “these are foolish people, we have a lot of foolish people.”

  13. #16 by Larry Bergan on December 8, 2015 - 9:08 pm

    Trump is the sort of guy that you really enjoy seeing in a television series about the mob. What is he doing here?

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