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Observation: demand and strategy

Filed under: General — Dana @ 3:03 pm

[guest post by Dana]


MAGA voters require their politicians to act like buffoons and propose outlandish ideas and alienate the dominant culture because that alienation is the core of the appeal.

…a more anodyne MAGA would not generate the same enthusiasm and would be easily overtaken by another spasm of “outsiders” more willing to dish out the crazy.

We continue to see the results of such a demand and strategy.


15 Responses to “Observation: demand and strategy”

  1. Hello.

    Dana (932d71)

  2. MAGA voters require their politicians to act like buffoons and propose outlandish ideas

    MAGA voters don’t know that the ideas are outlandish, and nobody attempts to explain that to them.
    Sometimes, it is complicated.

    They can’t see what’s wrong with those ideas. (But Trump has undoubtedly been informed.)

    Trump specializes in those kind of proposals. (Vivek R does too.)

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  3. that alienation is the core of the appeal.

    Not the alienation, but being <b < the only one to propose seemingly reasonable proposals. Meanwhile, someone who seems to be on their side but doesn’t endorse these things is to be considered a RINO.

    The idea doesn’t have to be immoral – it can be just stupid – like shutting down the government unless X happens. X may itself be wrong though, or impossible.

    Another example is getting rid of the Speaker.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  4. Head maggot asks his followers to make citizens arrest on letifa james. (DU)

    asset (5f4b57)

  5. Morning Consult polls are Trumpist outliers.

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  6. MAGA is the logical conclusion of the “I could pick a better candidate from the phone book” meme.

    And, really, what kind of result do you expect from people who still use phone books?

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  7. People like simple answers. Sometimes we are not so far from “Grog laugh at me. I hit Grog, Grog shut up.”

    Nic (896fdf)

  8. Other people like complex answers when “Grog shut up” is really what you want.

    Kevin M (ed969f)

  9. Yeah, like homosexual unions leading to transsexual normalization leading to hormones for children.

    Overton Window for 100 Alex.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  10. #7

    Seems like we were getting a lot of Grog shut up from the GOP yesterday. McCarthy delivers a kidney shot to one of the hateful 8. A senator challenges a witness to an MMA fight in a hearing. MTG labels one of her opponents a p word who lacks ball emojis.

    Looks like the Book of Virtues got burned with the allegedly woke literature in a whole lot of schools. So did Emily Post and Roberts Rules of Order.

    Appalled (c09909)

  11. Morning Consult polls are Trumpist outliers.

    Kevin M (ed969f) — 11/14/2023 @ 5:23 pm

    Of the national polls in the current RCP average, Fox News, Quinnipiac, CBS News, The Messenger/HarrisX, and CNN all show Trump between 61 and 64%. If anyone are outliers it’s Rasmussen Reports, Yahoo News, and Economist/YouGov, which have Trump between 50 and 57%.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  12. Sad!

    Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis (D) is seeking to revoke the bond allowing a defendant in the Georgia racketeering case involving former President Trump to remain free ahead of trial.

    Willis’s office cited defendant Harrison Floyd’s social media posts in a Wednesday court filing, arguing they were in violation of the bond agreement he signed as a condition of release. The posts, Willis asserted, are an effort to “intimidate codefendants and witnesses, to communicate directly and indirectly with codefendants and witnesses and to otherwise obstruct the administration of justice.”
    “Look, the truth is that @GaSecofState & @GabrielSterling are the pieces of [s—] you should be mad at,” Floyd tweeted on Nov. 7, using a poop emoji to replace the expletive.

    He also made several posts about Freeman, including to release audio of the Fulton County poll worker talking to police officers, which the Georgia district attorney’s office claimed constitutes “an act to intimidate a known witness.” Floyd suggested on social media that the audio proved he did not set up a meeting with Freeman and Trump allies who prosecutors say menaced her.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  13. Sorry, wrong thread.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  14. @Kevin@8 ??

    Nic (896fdf)

  15. They may be buffoons, but their votes count when laws are created. If we want representative government, we should expect that many poorly informed members of the public will support candidates whose understanding of governance is rudimentary at best.

    John Boddie (dcf99c)

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