I am really sick of populist conservatism acting simultaneously autocratic & victimized. You don't get to be a bunch of cultic assholes winking at insurrection while at the same time moaning & demanding sympathy. Don't expect the rest of the country to just go along with that.— Jared Petty (@pettycommajared) February 11, 2021
This is fantastic news.
Egg McMuffin has returned to lead conservatism into the dustbin of history.
It is the best news since that poll came out which showed 64% of Trump voters now believe that their race is very, extremely or somewhat important to their identity.
“(Reuters) – Dozens of former Republican officials, who view the party as unwilling to stand up to former President Donald Trump and his attempts to undermine U.S. democracy, are in talks to form a center-right breakaway party, four people involved in the discussions told Reuters.
The early stage discussions include former elected Republicans, former officials in the Republican administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Trump, ex-Republican ambassadors and Republican strategists, the people involved say.
More than 120 of them held a Zoom call last Friday to discuss the breakaway group, which would run on a platform of “principled conservatism,” including adherence to the Constitution and the rule of law – ideas those involved say have been trashed by Trump. …
Names under consideration for a new party include the Integrity Party and the Center Right Party. If it is decided instead to form a faction, one name under discussion is the Center Right Republicans. …”
If this is true, it would accelerate the demographic death spiral of “True Conservatism” and the Republican establishment. Reaganites are not “Center Right Republicans” anymore.
“Journalists” are morons and have recently been taken with the false notion that Joe Biden’s America is like the Reconstruction era. This is hilarious because there is no “insurrection” going on against the Biden administration. Millions of Trump voters aren’t disenfranchised. The U.S. military isn’t occupying the South. The country isn’t a warzone and Democrats aren’t in any position to pass anything remotely comparable to the Reconstruction amendments. They can’t even pass a $15 minimum wage in the Senate.
The correct historical analogy is to William Jennings Bryan, the Populist movement and the end of the Gilded Age. It was a time of rapid economic change, the highwater mark of laissez-faire, the depression of the 1890s, the dawn of modernism, yokels from the South and West who had long been excluded from political representation getting uppity, oligarchy, record levels of immigration, soaring discontent and the immiseration of large swathes of the country. Politicians were engaged in performance art politics and were still fighting over dead issues from the Civil War era while the Robber Barons ruled the country. The way that the political establishment has thrown out every rule in the book to defeat Trump and to demonize his supporters is exactly like what happened with William Jennings Bryan. The Democrats fear that Trump will run again in 2024. William Jennings Bryan ran for president three times as the Democratic nominee in 1896, 1900 and 1908 and remade the Democratic Party in the process.
I’m optimistic that my next two predictions are coming true:
It seems to be dawning on these people that they are dead in the water. They are never returning to power because of the 70/30 split in the Republican Party.
Their mistake was in assuming that Donald Trump was the problem. They also believe in “Principles” and were foolish enough to believe that Trump’s demise would be their springboard back to power. The problem though is that the electorate is resorting and different groups of people have moved into the Republican Party and have very different ideas about how the party should be run in the future. The base for their brand of “Center Right” politics is also literally dying out with the Boomer generation. It was always inevitable that the Boomers would lose their grip on American politics in the 2020s.
Speaking of AI and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, that’s another massive asteroid that we are expecting to strike the political status quo and finish killing off these dinosaurs.
Note: It goes without saying that Blumpf is no William Jennings Bryan. He is perceived that way by his followers though. While it is obvious that I don’t care for Trump and think QAnon is ridiculous, the demise of the pearl clutchers is overdue.