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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

Friday, March 10, 2017


One thing the GOP has been very good at over the years is packaging terrible, regressive policies in good politics.  Trumpism is kind of part and parcel of this.  This is how you convince your voters to stick with you, even when your policies suck.

The Shit Sandwich Health Bill is amazing because of its truly awful politics.  Here is a great example: The SSHB will hurt older voters and benefit younger voters.  I can imagine Paul Ryan sitting around with his acolytes and saying, "Hey!  We can wean those young voters away from the Democrats by giving them better terms in health care!"  This fundamentally misreads Millennial voters.  They care about LGBT rights.  They care about the environment.  They like multiculturalism. They are not fond of the 1%.

The GOP lost those voters on social issues and economic philosophy.  Giving them a little bit extra cash just isn't going to move the needle much.

And it will enrage the very demographic that has maintained the GOP majorities in Congress.

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