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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Pivot

The assumption is that the GOP needs to change, because they are facing a demographic crisis.  Young people don't like their fascination with other people's bedroom behavior.  Latinos aren't fond of being called illegal.  Black people? Please.  Asians have a stronger sense of community obligation and don't enjoy being called moochers for that.  And women don't like transvaginal ultrasounds.

So... old white men.

But if we've reached a point where Jeb Bush - the Great Mild Hope - has moved to Marco Rubio's right on immigration and GOP governors who are sensibly taking advantage of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion are being attacked by their own legislatures... well, I think we've reached a point where we can do more than speculate about a real schism in the party.

You already have Peter King and Chris Christie threatening anyone who voted against Sandy aid to stay away from the donor base in NYC.  But the idea that the Bush family could move against a sensible immigration party for political advantage means that we have definitely entered a world where all the old rules have changed.

I mean, even Politico is starting to notice the GOP is rambling about talking to itself like a drunk at 2AM.

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