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  •  This is Part One? I hope in Part 2 (4+ / 0-)
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    LakeSuperior, 2dot, hotheadCA, scott5js

    you, Big Chuck, will explore not just the emotionalism now gripping the right wing, but the basic reason the true leaders of the Republican party, i.e., the party's moneyed interests, are so angry.  I've lived long enough and been involved in political campaigning long enough to have seen the spark that set this rage in motion:  it was when the Republicans lost the White House in 1992.

    After Reagan's terms, Republicans were planning on and crowing about ruling Washington for decades(!)  But when George H.W. Bush lost his second-term election to Bill Clinton in 1992, they began truly seething.  After getting nasty and demonizing Clinton (and his wife) to take over the House in 1994, they confronted the president and challenged his authority by shutting down the government.  That mistake backfired with the public, so they doubled down on opposing the president and finally went so far as to impeach him.  That political move also failed.

    Their anger over repeated failures then erupted in the 2000 election, as they engaged in dirty politics to take back the presidency for George W. Bush,  publicly raging through Florida's campaign headquarters to stop a vote recount, and finally filing suit in the SCOTUS to take back the presidency.

    Bush was a failure of a president and left office after numerous policy blunders.  When the White House went back to the Democrats in 2008, the rage from losing G. H. W.'s second term - and therefore their plan of "decades of Republican control of government" - exploded.  The tea party's anger was ripe for picking, so the Republicans bought them, and proceeded to exploit the latent racism of many of their party members to foment hatred of the president because of the color of his skin.

    They expected - planned on, in fact - to defeat President Obama last year.  They didn't, so their rage continues.

    But it all stems from the dashing of the Republican dream, back in 1992, of being able to control the federal government "for decades" into the future.  Dashed dreams, as we all know,  can be first disappointing, then infuriating, and finally result in an obsession with retribution.

     

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 08:03:50 PM PDT

    •  I blame Newt Gingrich (1+ / 0-)
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      scott5js

      for the hyper-partisanship of the 1990s. Prior to that, legislators disagreed, but they also worked together.

      "Stupid just can't keep its mouth shut." -- SweetAuntFanny's grandmother.

      by Dbug on Wed May 01, 2013 at 12:46:03 AM PDT

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    •  Excellent observation (0+ / 0-)

      Disappointment turned into rage against the opponent. Gene Lyons wrote a great book on White Water that detailed their desaprate efforts to oust Clinton.

      I note that today 5 Housecommittees released a report that blamed Hillary Clinton for Benghazi and it also said that the White Hluse tamapered with the talking points strictly for political reasons. There was not one bit of evidence.

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