Open thread April 5, 2019 Dan Crawford | April 5, 2019 5:53 am Tags: open thread Comments (7) | Digg Facebook Twitter |
What I suspect too since he immediately laid aside his (temporary) Muller victory to try to evaporate all of Obamacare. Well known he did not want or expect to win. Can’t imagine him wanting to endure four more years of drudgery: back and forth, back and forth for between Mara Lago and the White House — hiding from work and pesky people wanting him to work all day at the White House, dodging to exec time binging Fox. The latter alone could drive a lot of conservatives crazy — though probably too highbrow for his tastes. A stewnade weekend with Stormy Daniels and a few models to molest on the side more to his “tastes.”
Here is some good reading for you. https://washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/april-may-june-2019/the-old-school-answer-to-global-trade/
Thanks, Run. Sort of gives me a wall-to-wall framework.
Talk to you tomorrow.
Run, the piece from the Washington Monthly, in emphasizing that restraint of off shoring needs to be employed regardless of the effect of raising consumer prices, ignores the problem of flat incomes and the likely blowback such policies may cause regardless of the promise of more U.S. jobs. More jobs with minimal pay scales will not cure our economic issues.
Great article, and it should be required reading for the 37 (or is it more?) people running to be the Dem nominee.
“No one pretends Donald Trump is an ethical person. He and his allies scarcely even pretend he is a president for all Americans. Everyone knows for whom he is the president: The Base, and especially the core Republican constituency of White Evangelical Christians….
Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a rising star in the 2020 Democratic field, said as much recently when he declared of the president, “It’s hard to look at his actions and believe they are the actions of somebody who believes in God.” Chuck Todd of Meet the Press asked him to square that with Trump’s Evangelical support on Sunday.
It’s only “hypocrisy” if you believe the most important word in the phrase White Evangelical Christian is “Christian”—as in, you prioritize, above all else, the teachings of Jesus Christ. Of course it isn’t. It has always been “White.” The current all-encompassing figurehead of the Republican Party has merely laid this bare, because the question, What principles of Jesus Christ does Donald Trump embody? can only be met with derisive laughter. The better question might be which of the Seven Deadly Sins—pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth—does he not embody.
No, the important part of White Evangelical Christian is White. These folks had called themselves Values Voters, which mainstream politicos would accept without much examination even though the most important values seemed to be abstinence-only sex ed and opposition to marriage equality and abortion. Jesus never devoted much time to any of these topics, and all his talk about giving aid to the poor and the sick never got much play in Republican politics.”
Right now we have a bunch of these white guys telling us they can get the white working class to vote for them. This guy Pete; Ryan from Ohio; and if he runs, Biden(god forbid, and I’m an atheist).
Even Sanders is playing into it a little bit with his Fox News thing. Yeah, I understand his point about informing fox news watchers about his thoughts makes sense is reality. But our political scene has absolutely nothing to do with reality. After all, Trump is president. Regardless of getting his message out, Sanders will not get more than tens of fox news watchers to vote from him. I admire the effort, but he and the others should take a break from trying to sway trump voters. Ain’t never going to happen.
“The I Am A White Dude Who Can Speak To White Dudes And Got My Ass Kicked By Nancy Pelosi lane in the upcoming Democratic primary race is beginning to look like the Tobin Bridge at rush hour on those mornings when taking a Charles Stuart off the side and swimming to downtown looks no only plausible but preferable.
Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan is back in town. Put that together with Biden Fever and the apparently endless self-regard of our own Congressman Seth Moulton, along with the white-dude-adjacent stylings of Mayor Pete, and every diner in Ohio is going to be jammed with White Dudes Who Understand….
If Moulton also gets in, and then Biden jumps, too, the collective narrative is going to be that their grappling for Rust Belt workers and Ohio farmers is the “real Democratic primary.” Not only that, but any attempts at outreach to these groups by the more progressive candidates—Warren’s anti-monopoly farm policy, say—likely will get drowned out by pale alternatives proposed by pale white dudes, who know best, after all.”
Give up this worthless attempt to attract Rep voters. Play to the base. If you don’t want to call Rep voters “deplorables”, ok. But don’t give them the time of day other than to say your plans will not exclude them.
In other words, go to Milwaukee and Madison, fly over the rest of Wisconsin.
The rest of Wisconsin beat us last time. Enough of them voted for Obama the two times before to suggest that ignoring them is stupid.