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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

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Jon Chait has noted that Marco Rubio has decided to run a Neo-Con campaign of fear mongering.

He notes within that Rubio is good at finding the popular positions within the GOP and quickly jettisoning his own beliefs to adopt to the preferred positions of his base.  And I guess running on a combination of Ted Cruz's "The world is on fire" and Huckleberry Closetcase's "I will kill you with a drone for thought crimes" isn't a TERRIBLE idea.  Rubio is one of the least obviously insane GOP candidates, so if he can take a safely insane idea (unlike his idea to eliminate all taxes on wealth) like killing scary people, he could seize the nomination.

At this point, finding a credible presidential candidate in the Klown Kar is pretty hard.  Nobody seems to like Jeb "JEB!" Bush, NOBODY likes the Outlaw Jersey Whale.  Nobody like Ted Cruz...

At this point, Scott Walker's strategy is simply to not shoot himself in the face.

But running on fear seems inevitable these days.  Hillary will run on the fear of the repeal of Obamacare.  I do hope she finds a positive theme, however, because fear works better on the Right than on the Left.

And fear makes you stupid, but I repeat myself.

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