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  •  Clinton actually agreed in part with that argument (37+ / 0-)

    Shortly after leaving the WH, Clinton was asked in an interview why the GOP hated him so much. Clinton replied, "Simple. I won." He also elaborated that a lot of Republicans seriously thought there'd never be another Democratic president, that they had a foolproof way to beat them (which, again, shows how divorced from reality these clowns are).

    It's the same with Obama (with the racial angle added in for extra spice). In fact, they're even more in denial with Obama, because unlike Clinton (who won both his terms in 3-way races and therefore never got over 50%), Obama won both his terms with clear over 50% majorities. They can't accept the fact that the majority of the country is not with them and so the irrational rage burns bright.

    •  This phenomena has been going on for a very long (20+ / 0-)

      time with the South/ Southern culture based on a heiracrchical class system.

      The South with cash crop agriculture and chattel slavery resembled the manor system in Europe with the white owner class assuming the position of European aristocracy.  The South joined with the North in revolution because of the Somerset vs. Stweart case in England in 1772.  The representation the South wanted in Parliament was to legalize chattel slavery.  When it became clear that no such thing was going to happen, they were up for revolution to hold onto their human property and priviledge.

      The 1860 election demonstrated that they were unlikely to ever hold national majorities, again.  It was a matter of simple demographics as immigration continued and the North developed into an industrial economy with wage jobs attracting growing numbers of immigrants. When it became clear that they would no longer be able to hold onto their human property and priviledge, they seceeded.

      We're going through another bargaining/ manuevering period in which the old Southern, hierarchical class culture is trying to retain their old positions of priviledge -- their so called "way of life."  They're doing a pretty good job of operationally nullifying federal power and rejecting the legitimacy of the oppositional Presidency, at the moment.

      I like Blow's article, but it doesn't go back far enough. The cancer has been eating the soul of this nation from well before we were a nation.  Even aspects like American Exceptionalism are just just dellusions designed to deflect us from confronting and once and for all rooting out the old evil that has been allowed to exist and aid in the development of our country.  I thnk it's important to remember this in order to understand the full context of what we are facing as we continue the work in fighting the good fight.

      Plutocracy (noun) Greek ploutokratia, from ploutos wealth; 1) government by the wealthy; 2) 21st c. U.S.A.; 3) 22nd c. The World

      by bkamr on Thu Aug 07, 2014 at 07:04:32 AM PDT

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    •  I think there's another piece to it (0+ / 0-)

      In both cases (Clinton and Obama) they not only beat the Republican, they beat a veteran, and somebody that the GOP base considered much more suited to the presidency, because of age, military service, etc.

      So it's not just that they won, they beat a WAR HERO. Remember, the GOP pretty much worships the military (though most of them wouldn't want anything to do with it).

      The fact that the war hero they beat was old and tired (and looked and acted that way) isn't the reason. It CAN'T be the reason, they nominated a WAR HERO and they're ALWAYS supposed to WIN.

      •  And, they also go reelected. n/t (0+ / 0-)

        "The truest measure of compassion lies not in our service of those on the margins, but in our willingness to see ourselves in kinship with them." Father Gregory Boyle, Homeboy Industries

        by Mr MadAsHell on Thu Aug 07, 2014 at 09:57:03 AM PDT

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        •  They would rather have a beer with their candidate (0+ / 0-)

          Clinton and Obama come off too "smart" and to empathetic.  Not manly men.  So vote for W.  Vote for Mittens.  It is why the R's have become the party of old, white, reactionary MEN.  Our hope is the future, a more multicultural, well educated population.  And the elimination of gerrymandering.  Or letting the South secede 150 years after they tried the first time.

    •  They know for sure that it isn't so (0+ / 0-)

      The lead poll unskewer who predicted Romney winning in a landslide in 2012 initially accepted that he lost, but not long after decided that it was due to massive but undetectable voter fraud.

      I Diaried this sort of Cognitive Dissonance on Monday in the Grokking Republicans series for the Readers and Book Lovers group. As laid out in the book When Prophecy Fails and in much succeeding scientific work, under certain circumstances fulfilled by the Republicans in spades the obvious failure of any important prediction results in doubling down on belief, ignoring evidence, grasping at the flimsiest excuses, and going all in in the media.

      Now that all of their predictions are failing, they do it on all of them, and for a bonus get nastier as well as louder all the time. This excites the base, but ensures that they cannot recruit anybody else from among the segments of society that they hate consisting of everybody else in the US and the world.

      Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

      by Mokurai on Thu Aug 07, 2014 at 10:50:09 PM PDT

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