Is This The Nail in The Coffin of the GOP?

From Politizoom

McConnell Got Played By The Dems. And His Response May Be The Final Nail In the GOP’s 2022 Coffin

And the hits just keep on coming, if you’re looking to bet in the UK against the GOP in November. As I wrote, McConnell got played by the Democrats on a bipartisan bill, and now he’s copping a McConnell snit.

McConnell got jobbed by Schumer and Manchin on an already widely bipartisan Chips Bill because he says Manchin lied to him about a reconciliation clean energy bill being dead. Now it’s too late to stop the Chips Bill, and he can’t stop the reconciliation bill, so he’s taking revenge where he can get it.

But Moscow Mitch, is taking his revenge on a bill that could well cost the GOP the last under 75 voting stronghold bloc that they have left. He’s out to screw American veterans who proudly served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Here’s the 411. There is a wildly popular bipartisan bill in the Senate that would provide additional funding for continuing treatment of Iraq and Afghanistan soldiers who were exposed to toxic and carcinogenic fumes from burning toxic fires. But because McConnell got his delicate little snowflake fee-fees hurt, he’s having his caucus block the bill from debate.

Which is insane. For decades, the GOP has been the party of National defense, while the Democrats are Pinko wimps. Active service military personnel, as well as military veterans are a solid base of GOP support every dan election.

But now Moscow Mitch is throwing double barrel birds to every US veteran, as well as every active service military person. His basic message is, Fuck you! Thanks for your service, but you’re just pawns in my political game. When I get what I want, you get your treatment.

How many times can I say it? This is going to be a midterm election settled on razor thin margins. And there’s Mitch McConnell, telling active duty service personnel, as well as veterans that their suffering doesn’t matter to him. Only their leverage. This is not going to end well.

One reader commented.

Denis elliott July 28, 2022 At 8:03 pm

Hey Murfster, powerful conservatives have spent the last fifty years only pretending to give a shit about the troops. The reality is that we’ve NEVER meant jack shit to them. What’s always amazed me is how enlisted especially thought the GOP was on their side. Nope. They are on the side of defense contractors! They make just enough of a show to fool people but increasingly they’ve shown their true colors. And now? This is going to get notice.

You know what else? It’s getting time of the year when the Military Times does it’s survey of both officers and enlisteds to see where their political leanings are. Trump actually lost support in the Officer Corps and I believe even went underwater. But he still was in positive territory with enlisteds. Anyway with that question going out across all the services McConnell’s timing is pretty fucking stupid! Survey results being published during election season in which the GOP is in negative territory will be news outside the military publications.

The Dystopian Myths of Red America

Paul Krugman

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Desensitization is an amazing thing. At this point most political observers simply accept it as a fact of life that an overwhelming majority of Republicans accept the Big Lie that the 2020 election was stolen — a claim with nothing to support it, not even plausible anecdotes.

What I don’t think is fully appreciated, however, is that the Big Lie is embedded in an even bigger lie: the claim that the Democratic Party is controlled by radical leftists aiming to destroy America as we know it. And this lie in turn derives a lot of its persuasiveness from a grotesquely distorted view of what life is like in blue America.

Urban elites are constantly accused of not understanding Real America™. And, to be fair, most big-city residents probably don’t have a good sense of what life is like in rural areas and small towns, although it’s doubtful whether this gap justified the immense number of news reports interviewing Trump voters sitting in diners.

But I’d argue that right-wing misperceptions of blue America run far deeper — and are far more dangerous.

Let’s start with the politics. The other day The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel, reporting from the campaign trail, noted that many Republican candidates are claiming that Democrats are deliberately undermining the nation and promoting violence against their opponents; some are even claiming that we’re already in a civil war.

Some (many?) of these candidates have been winning primaries, suggesting that the G.O.P. base agrees with them. Actually, I’d like to see some surveys along the lines of those showing that most Republicans accept the Big Lie. How many Republicans believe that President Biden and other leading Democrats are left-wing radicals, indeed Marxists?

Relatedly, I’d like to know how many Republicans believe that Black Lives Matter demonstrators looted and burned large parts of America’s major cities.

Now, the reality is that the modern Democratic Party is a mildly center-left coalition, consisting of what Europeans would call social democrats, and relatively conservative ones at that. To take one measure, I can’t think of any prominent Democrats — actually, any Democratic members of Congress — who have expressed admiration for any authoritarian foreign regime.

This is in contrast to widespread conservative admiration for Hungary’s Viktor Orban, who recently denounced other Europeans for “mixing with non-Europeans” and declared that he doesn’t want Hungary to become a “mixed-race” country.

On the domestic violence front, a study by the Anti-Defamation League found that 75 percent of extremist-related domestic killings from 2012 to 2021 were perpetrated by the right and only 4 percent by the left.

Finally, about B.L.M.: The protests were, in fact, overwhelmingly peaceful. Yes, there was some arson and looting, with total property damage typically estimated at $1 billion to $2 billion. That may sound like a lot, but America is a big country, so it needs to be put in perspective.

Here’s one point of comparison. Back in April, Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, pulled a political stunt at the border with Mexico, temporarily imposing extra security checks that caused a major slowdown of traffic, disrupting business and leading to a lot of spoiled produce. Total economic losses have been estimated at around $4 billion; that is, a few days of border-security theater appear to have caused more economic damage than a hundred days of mass protests.

Yet pointing out these facts probably won’t change many minds. Nor does there seem to be any way to change the perception, also alluded to in that Post article, that a lax attitude toward law enforcement has turned America’s big cities into dangerous hellholes. It’s true that violent crime rose during the pandemic, but it rose about as much in rural America as it did in urban areas. And despite that recent rise, violence in many cities is far lower than it was not long ago.

In New York City, homicides so far this year are running a bit below their 2021 level, and in 2021 they were 78 percent lower than they were in 1990 and a quarter lower than they were in 2001. As Bloomberg’s Justin Fox has documented, New York is actually a lot safer than small-town America. Los Angeles has also seen a big long-term drop in homicides, as has California as a whole. Some cities, notably Philadelphia and Chicago, are back to or above early 1990s murder rates, but they’re not representative of the broader picture.

But who among the Republican base will acknowledge this reality? Whenever I mention New York’s relative safety, I get a wave of mail saying, in effect, “You can’t really believe that.”

The fact is that a large segment of the U.S. electorate has bought into an apocalyptic vision of America that bears no relationship to the reality of how the other half thinks, behaves or lives. We don’t have to speculate about whether this dystopian fantasy might lead to political violence and attempts to overthrow democracy; it already has. And it’s probably going to get worse.