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  •  It's not a party, it's an IDENTITY (4+ / 0-)

    You've captured something very essential about what the GOP has devolved to.

    For many people, it is totally an identity. Even if you are unsure about their policies, GOPers are seen as "our kind of people."  They are the RIGHT kind of people.

    In the universe where, say, my religious right hairdresser lives, "conservative = good" and everything else is damned.  

    And I hate to say it--but it is pretty darn difficult in some states (like mine!) to find a white man who is a) not a Republican or b) will disagree with their talking points out loud. I often think this is less about commitment or interest in politics, but more an effort to "be a regular sort of American guy."  

    An immigrant once told me that she'd been told by coworkers that if you saw someone who was clean, well-dressed, employed, well-behaved, educated and respectable--that person was a Republican. (That homeless guy or drug addict sleeping on the street? Democrat of course.)  This lady was stunned when I identified myself as a Democrat.  It was like I said I was proud to be a bum and then  I told her that the coworkers were totally wrong. But this conversation really captured the image that the Repubs have successfully peddled to many people down here.

    •  You make some extremely important points. (0+ / 0-)

      The most important one, in my estimate, is the selling point that Republicans use to "identify" them as the "decent" people.  Well done!

      Warmest regards,

      Doc

      I have a new, secret crush. Nothing will come of it, but it is fun.

      by Translator on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 01:33:05 AM PDT

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