Reps are more visceral while Dems are more professorial. Fear and threat (CT) are on the Reps side. Facts and numbers are on the Dems side. Emotion makes for human connection. Reps connect, Dems don't. Because Reps are highly reactive (emotional) the take action on practically everything that pushes a button. While Dems are analytic (impassive) they think about what is happening, which is what the Reps are doing, while Rome burns. And the Reps obstruct the fire brigade. And Biden won't end-around the filibuster, which would be emo-muscle flexing. Can't do that. And the Dems DON'T have a majority in the Senate, the CONSERVATIVES do and they're pumping iron.
We do vote for individuals, but that's besides the point. When you vote for a Republican in 2020, 2022, and 2024, you're getting a representative that must embrace/defend/cover for the worst president in modern history. There are only a handful of Republicans who actually distance themselves from Trump.
The craziness generally isn't a matter of policy, though, but of obsequious servitude to an orange man-child currently sulking in Florida.We I understand what you are saying about voting for the individual but what I see is all republican representatives vote the party line. If you vote for just about any republican representatives, local state or national, you are voting for all the craziness going on in the party. The trumpers have them held for ransom. If they go against them they wind up shunned like Liz Cheney.
Guess a 100 million minimum . Like last year but more soYou name it and Republicans are on the wrong side.
My question is:
How many of you out there can bring yourselves to vote for the new Republican party in our next election?
I liked the post, but, think you are wrong about Mike Pence lacking any integrity - when the chips were down and the pressure the greatest, he did his job, at the cost of any future run himself, and at the cost of making himself an enemy of the only section of the electorate left that was likely to support him. That was after years of bending over backwards in slavish obedience to a man who was anathema to Pence's beliefs, sure, but, it still happened.Political parties are like culture. Culture is like a river, you can swim up it, but it doesn't change the flow of the river. Sure, there are people in the GOP that are not crazy or ridiculous, and I vote for Republicans for some office in practically every election, but the party as a whole has a flow to it that those outliers are not changing unfortunately.
One of the dangers of a party aligning itself with a religious identity, as is the case with the GOP and White Evangelicals, is that while you get some really good and decent people in political office like Asa Hutchinson for example, you also have a party that attracts sociopaths as sociopaths love to use religion as a way of manipulating people and gaining power, so you get people that lack any integrity at all like Mike Pence as well.
This is not to say there are not some nutjobs in the Democratic Party, as there are, but luckily, they control the party.
They certainly seem to be. But the party itself is shockingly weak (a healthy party would never have allowed Trump to take over in the first place - just as the Democratic party was able to enforce discipline on it's candidates last presidential primary cycle); they may lack ability.True, but the nutjobs are in control. I doubt they let many of the sane ones through.