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When Extremism Goes Mainstream: Just how far out is the Republican fringe?(Atlantic)

 

What began as a ruthlessly pragmatic, take-no-prisoners parliamentary style opposition to Obama was linked to constant efforts to delegitimize his presidency, first by saying he was not born in the U.S., then by calling him a tyrant trying to turn the country into a Socialist or Communist paradise. These efforts were not condemned vigorously by party leaders in and out of office, but were instead deflected or encouraged, helping to create a monster: a large, vigorous radical movement that now has large numbers of adherents and true believers in office and in state party leadership.

 

I always like the editoral pieces from The Atlantic. They're not so caught up in the political zeitgeist of 21st century political rhetoric in America.

 

I guess the biggest question I have about all of this: How sustainable is this extremism? I don't really see this kind of rhetoric mentioned in this article outliving the baby boomer generation tbh.

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What's going on with the Georgia senate race?

well!

 

 

 

HEARTBREAK and happiness found their way into Georgia’s Republican strongholds in almost equal measure last night. After winning the party’s nomination for November’s US Senate contest David Perdue tepidly thanked his opponent, congressman Jack Kingston, for running “a spirited race”. That is putting it nicely: Mr Kingston ran a series of ads that were as brutal as they were misleading. But bygones are bygones. Mr Perdue declared himself “humbled,” and suggested the outcome was part of “a mission from God”. Oh, and he also mentioned his mum. The cowboy-booted crowd were pleased. 

Mr Perdue won the Republican primary runoff with 50.9% of the vote, carrying Atlanta and its surrounding counties. The two men’s support split across the “gnat line”, a part-proverbial, part-geological division separating north Georgia, which generally went for Mr Perdue, a former head of the sports brand Reebok, from south, which preferred Mr Kingston, a tried and tested politician.

Mr Perdue’s victory was something of a surprise. The polls had predicted that Mr Kingston would win. So did all of the more than a dozen academics consulted by Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Centre for Politics, before the race. Mr Kingston was supported by the Republican establishment and the Chamber of Commerce, but Mr Perdue won the day by touting his CEO credentials and status as a political outsider (though he is a cousin of Georgia’s previous governor). On policy, there was little to choose between the two men, who are both staunch conservatives.

 

"gnat line" :lol:

 

http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2014/07/georgias-senate-race

 

 

 

Recent polling has given Ms Nunn, the daughter of a former senator, a slight lead. But polls in Georgia are not always reliable, as Mr Perdue can attest.

:lol:

 

 

 

Mr Perdue tried to stir up the Republican base last night by reminding them how much they disapprove of Barack Obama and Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, before they toddled home for the night. But Steve Anthony of Georgia State University says the low turnout at the run-off does not augur well for Republicans, come November. Less than 10% of Georgia’s 5m active voters bothered to take part (roughly half the number who voted in May’s primary). Mr Perdue’s slim margin of victory suggests that he has not exactly set Republican pulses racing. 

 

yeah i mean tbqh i wasn't even entirely sure the runoff WAS this week but then again I don't really know that many Republicans so I guess that's why it wasn't on my radar. I did briefly pause and think that it must be some kind of election day so maybe it was subliminally in my consciousness. 

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Michele Bachmann: Ebola Infected Migrant Kids Invading US – Obama Will Experiment On Them

Tea Party Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is sharing a few of her beliefs about the children coming across the southern border of the US.

Michele Bachmann traveled to the southern border of the U.S. this weekend with fellow Tea Party Congressman Steve King, and then appeared on talk shows to share her views on the humanitarian crisis.

The Tea Party Congresswoman from Minnesota, before traveling to Texas on Friday, spoke with Dave Garrison of The Faith & Liberty Talk Show at Ohio Christian University.

“People from Yemen, Iran, Iraq and other terrorist nations are making their way up through America’s southern border because they see that it’s a green light, they can easily get in,” Bachmann warned. “Not only people with potentially terrorist activities, but also very dangerous weapons are going to cross our border in addition to very dangerous drugs, and also life-threatening diseases, potentially including Ebola and other diseases like that.”

During the 2012 presidential race, Bachmann stoked irrational fears that vaccinations cause autism.

The Minnesota Congressman also claimed that many of the child migrants are violent gang members.

She also claimed that the President is “transforming America into a Marxist economic model so that government redistribution of wealth has maximum power and the citizens have minimum power."

“What he is doing by opening up this southern border, frankly, he is establishing a permanent political class that will vote for a big government mentality that will continually offer welfare decency programs,” Bachmann accused, adding that Obama is "willing to allow a pandemic of disease to come into our country.”

Bachmann spent the weekend at the border in Texas with fellow Tea Party Rep. Steve King.

Mediaite opinion writer Eddie Scarry noted the photo "brings to mind one tourist who smiled for a selfie at Auschwitz concentration camp this summer. The photo was greeted with Internet outrage."

On Wednesday, Bachmann cautioned against a new crisis, claiming President Obama wants to perform medical experiments on migrant children.

"Now President Obama is trying to bring all of those foreign nationals, those illegal aliens to the country and he has said that he will put them in the foster care system," Bachmann said. "That's more kids that you can see how - we can't imagine doing this, but if you have a hospital and they are going to get millions of dollars in government grants if they can conduct medical research on somebody, and a Ward of the state can't say 'no,' a little kid can't say 'no' if they're a Ward of the state; so here you could have this institution getting millions of dollars from our government to do medical experimentation and a kid can't even say 'no.'

http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/michele_bachmann_warns_obama_will_experiment_on_ebola_infected_migrant_kids_invading_us

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It makes me truly sad that she was elected to public office and got as close as she did to the presidency -- which is to say "anywhere even close"

 

disgusting. like and she just seems like an outright dumbass

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Yeah. This whole debacle has really brought out the crazies.

 

These are fucking children fleeing for their lives and it's gotten to a point where stuffy old white people have gotten violent towards them. They're more or less refugees and people are building political careers off of being huge bigots.

 

I really hate the political culture in this country sometimes. Or at least certian parts of it.

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Yeah. This whole debacle has really brought out the crazies.

These are fucking children fleeing for their lives and it's gotten to a point where stuffy old white people have gotten violent towards them. They're more or less refugees and people are building political careers off of being huge bigots.

I really hate the political culture in this country sometimes. Or at least certian parts of it.

amen :(

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No, I hate political culture in this country all the time.

 

That we are in a constant election cycle and frequently solicited for campaign contributions or bombarded by snarky political adverts is mentally tiring. Not to mention this is no way to run a country. I'm all for checks and balances, but what we have is opportunism and obstruction.

 

I can't fucking stand it. 

 

It's broken. And the truth is, I really don't care any more and I'm just going to sit back and watch it all fall apart and laugh.

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Nah, it's mostly like the Pirate Party tbh.

 

Pragmatic, long-term solutions that embrace technology and that sort of thing, some good ideas. That will hopefully work their way into Democratic party platforms in some form or another eventually.

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Not with an attitude like that MORAN!!!11

 

:shrug:

 

I just think it's interesting, I don't think it has any magical curative powers or whatever.  And I choose to avoid cynicism, at least when I remember to.

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