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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, July 26, 2017

Not Sure Of The Landscape Here

Trump's announcement to ban transgender people from serving in the military was a typical pander to his Deplorables.  I was worried that Democrats would make this a rallying cry, because I just don't see making a priority of an issue that effects a few thousand people.  There is some merit to the criticism that Clinton got hung up on too many niche issues appealing to niche groups.

But then I look around and Joni Ernst is criticizing the ban, along with Richard Shelby, John McCain and Orrin Freaking Hatch.  Ernst is reasonably young, but a stout evangelical.  Shelby, McCain and Hatch are antediluvian relics with no political reason to oppose the ban.  I don't think Alabamans or Utahans are clamoring for transgender rights and McCain is unlikely to run again.

Does this represent a surrender by many GOP leaders on certain culture war issues?

Honestly, I'm kind of stunned by all sides of this.  Except Trump.  Him being a dick is hardly a surprise.

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