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The last line of this paste from CNN newsletter is frightening
Posted by: samintx
Date: June 27, 2020 07:44AM
JVL pushes back against Noonan

In his newsletter Friday, The Bulwark's Jonathan V. Last rebutted Peggy Noonan's column, contending she is a member of the old guard Republicans who fail to see the party for what it has become. "Noonan holds—surprise!—a conventional view of the state of conservatism and the Republican party," Last wrote, "in which Trump is an aberration and the main body of the party hates his transformation of their movement from an ideological vehicle into a cathartic performance of perpetual grievance."

Last argued that Noonan's view is incorrect. "Trump understands his base infinitely better than Peggy Noonan does," he wrote. "And he is playing a different game than she realizes. Peggy Noonan still sees Donald Trump as an interloper who temporarily took control of an ideological movement and, when he fails to retain political power, will lose control of this movement." But, Last asserted, "Trump has remade conservatism and the Republican party as a single cult of his own personality. And precisely because he never provided steadiness and seriousness, he will control this cult even after he exits the White House."



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Re: The last line of this paste from CNN newsletter is frightening
Posted by: Speedy
Date: June 27, 2020 08:13AM
Cults often self destruct. If the Republican Party splinters - win, win.



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Re: The last line of this paste from CNN newsletter is frightening
Posted by: pdq
Date: June 27, 2020 08:29AM
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Speedy
Cults often self destruct. If the Republican Party splinters - win, win.

^ this.
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Re: The last line of this paste from CNN newsletter is frightening
Posted by: deckeda
Date: June 27, 2020 08:37AM
They may splinter a little bit not much anytime soon. Just look at Congress and regional elected nut jobs, many of whom were asinine long before they propped up Trump as their figurehead. As long as they exist to brainwash and gaslight, the field remains ripe for harvesting.
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Re: The last line of this paste from CNN newsletter is frightening
Posted by: Acer
Date: June 27, 2020 10:32AM
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deckeda
They may splinter a little bit not much anytime soon. Just look at Congress and regional elected nut jobs, many of whom were asinine long before they propped up Trump as their figurehead. As long as they exist to brainwash and gaslight, the field remains ripe for harvesting.

On the bright side, Trump demonstrates where that sort of "statesmanship" ultimately leads, at least for the waffling middle that put him in office.
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