Monday, October 2, 2017

Is the Alt-Right's Next Target the Republican Party?

Mod: While the Republican Party happily laid down with the dog that gave them their fleas, I suspect none there ever suspected that they too could end up being yet another American institution under assault from fifth column Putinistas. Yet apparently that is now the case. The GOP could very well find itself imploding in 2018. And the source of their immolation? None other than Donald Trump's alt-right comrade in arms, Steve Bannon.

With or without Trump, GOP insurgency plans for a civil war in 2018 midterms (The Washington Post link): The next Republican revolution began last week on a bright blue bus parked at a nighttime rally in Montgomery, Ala., days before a firebrand GOP candidate won the state’s Senate primary.

But unlike previous Republican revolutionaries, the hard-line figures who stepped out to cheers did not want to yank the party to the right on age-old issues such as taxes or spending. They wanted to gut it and leave its establishment smashed.

Fury infused these insurgents’ raw remarks as did a common theme: The Republican Party has failed its voters, and a national cleansing is needed in the coming year, regardless of whether President Trump is on board.

Longtime Republicans see a charged civil war on the horizon.

“There is an emotional component,” former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R) said of the frustrations of Trump’s core backers, who have grown increasingly vocal. “They want someone to kick over the table. And my advice to every Republican is: You better have an edge, or you become the problem.”

Republican civil war looms as Steve Bannon takes aim at the establishment (The Guardian link): Looking out over a packed Alabama barn, Steve Bannon paced the stage and declared: “I come to you unshaven, unkempt, in this old bomber jacket, just like I was on the campaign.” What happened 24 hours later left some asking, or perhaps dreading: could this be the new face of the Republican party? Bannon delivered invective about Mitch McConnell, deriding the Senate majority leader as part of a political class that is “the most corrupt and incompetent group of individuals in the country”, and rallied the crowd at an election eve rally for Roy Moore’s insurgent campaign.

The next day, Moore – a conservative jurist who had waved his gun at a campaign rally and arrived on horseback to cast his vote – won the Republican special election primary against Luther Strange, an incumbent backed to the tune of millions of dollars by McConnell, the National Rifle Association, the Chamber of Commerce – and Donald Trump himself.

It was a defeat for Trump, who for once had allowed his head to rule his heart, but not for Trumpism, of which Moore is a worthy avatar. It was equally a coup for Bannon, seldom heard in public during his spell as Trump’s campaign manager and White House chief strategist, but now startlingly transformed into a firebrand speechmaker armed with a rightwing website, Breitbart News, against the Republican establishment.

Kurt Bardella, a former media consultant for Breitbart, said: “It was very important to Steve to show that he’s more than one-trick pony. After Steve left the White House, Alabama was his first visible show and he wanted to win this one to show that he is just as strong, if not stronger, than he was before and that he will continue to be an influential force during the Trump presidency and beyond.”

Breitbart charts path for 2018 midterm races (The Hill link): Roy Moore’s insurgent victory in the Republican primary for a Senate seat in Alabama has Breitbart News and chairman Stephen Bannon expanding their target list in 2018, Breitbart Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow told The Hill in a Wednesday interview. Breitbart was squarely behind Moore in that contest, with Bannon acting as a campaign surrogate and speaking at Moore’s rallies and victory party.

There is an urgency at Breitbart to capitalize on the grassroots energy that propelled Moore past incumbent Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) in a race that is being hailed on the right as a watershed moment in the fight against the GOP establishment.

“I think a lot of people’s greatest fears about this movement and how powerful it is were confirmed yesterday,” Marlow said.

“We see this race in Alabama as a confirmation of our values. We’re in the early stages of a process in which we’re seeing the Republican establishment lose influence and power despite their vast coffers of money. That’s a trend that I think will continue. I think the establishment sees the writing on the wall.”

Moore’s victory was a blow to President Trump, who endorsed the incumbent. It was a bigger loss for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), whose allied super PAC burned through millions of dollars, only to see their candidate lose by nearly 10 points.

Now, Breitbart and Bannon will turn their attention to election fights in nearly a dozen other states, including Nevada, Arizona, Tennessee, Mississippi, Utah, West Virginia, Nebraska, Montana and Wisconsin.

An angry electorate could doom weak Republicans in 2018 (The Examiner link): Republican voters are fed up. More than eight months into President Trump's administration, with the government under full GOP control, there's no southern border wall, tax reform hasn't happened, and perhaps most infuriating, the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare has stalled yet again, for lack of Republican support.

In a late September special election to determine permanent ownership of the Senate seat formerly held by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, upstart conservative Roy Moore, former chief justice of the state supreme court, defeated appointed Sen. Luther Strange, whose sins were the fact that he was an incumbent, and he was supported by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

"I am sick — up to here — with these do-nothing Republicans," said Johnny Creel, 56, who runs a small insurance agency in suburban Birmingham, just down the road from Strange's neighborhood. "I love the judge because he doesn't back down. Luther has jumped in to bed with Mitch McConnell."

Moore won easily, despite being massively outspent by McConnell and his allies in Washington, ceding just four of 67 counties to Strange. He is the heavy favorite to win the seat outright in a December special general election against Democrat Doug Jones. Even Trump's endorsement couldn't save Strange.

Now the disgust that led to Strange's ouster threatens to engulf Republicans up and down the ballot for next year's mid-terms.

Mod: The alt-right wing of the GOP has now begun to eat its own. A process that will both enable sweeping Democratic victories in 2018, followed by the impeachment of Traitor Trump. Should be quite a bonfire. Just remember, you likely heard it here first.

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60 comments:

  1. Prayers for those in Las Vegas this morning. What ever it may do, I have been saying multiple prayers through this tragedy. Please let us not politicize it today. Leave that for tomorrow.

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  2. After this latest horrific shooting, one thing you can safely bet. Not a damn thing will change.

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    1. Americans are sick of political hacks talking about condolences and sympathy while stuffing NRA blood money in their pockets. Do something.

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    2. Except people will pray more for a few days.

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    3. Hopefully they will pray that our government will take the guns away from madmen.

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    4. Obama tried. Trump undid it.

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  3. Wonder if Trump, after Las Vegas, will tweet about NFL, Rocket Man, & "lazy" Puerto Rico today. So far, his only tweet today was the "warm condolences" tweet. He should really consider a moment of silence that lasts 24 hours. We shall see.

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  4. Vegas Shooter, Stephen Paddock: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

    Stephen Paddock has been identified as the gunman in the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas that left more than 20 dead and at least 100 wounded, NBC News reports.

    The shooter, a 64-year-old from Mesquite, Nevada, was firing from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel at the festival. Officers responded to that hotel room and engaged the suspect, killing him. They do not believe at this time that there were any other shooters, despite reports of multiple gunmen. Police said they do not have an accurate number of victims yet. Police have not yet released a motive. Paddock does not have any known ties to terrorist organization, NBC’s Pete Williams reports.

    http://heavy.com/news/2017/10/stephen-paddock-las-vegas-route-91-mandalay-bay-shooting-shooter-gunman-suspect-photos-motive/

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  5. White House-credentialed media outlet falsely accuses left-wing loon of Las Vegas shooting

    The Gateway Pundit, a pro-Trump blog that has been credentialed by the White House, ran a story Monday morning touting a conspiracy theory and misidentifying the shooter that killed more than 50 people and injured more than 100 in Las Vegas early Monday.

    The shooter has been identified as Stephen Paddock by Las Vegas police, but Gateway Pundit ran a story headlined Las Vegas Shooter Reportedly a Democrat Who Liked Rachel Maddow, MoveOn.org and Associated with Anti-Trump Army that appears to be picked up from 4chans Politically Incorrect forums.

    Geary Danley, reportedly the murderer of at least 20 concertgoers in Las Vegas, from initial accounts, was a far left loon, Joe Hoft wrote for Gateway Pundit. Per a review of his Facebook account, he was a fan of Rachel Maddow, Peoples Action, Democrats, MoveOn.org, etc

    https://thinkprogress.org/gateway-pundit-geary-danley-5280ad08276f/

    Geary Danley needs to get himself a good lawyer.

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  6. Condolances to all who were effected in anyway with the Las Vegas mass shooting, G.B.
    Lets hope Donald Trump can enjoy more golfing as a Private citizen real soon, yesterday was too late.

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  7. NRA Making America Great Again and again and again..........

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  8. President Trump is about to speak on the massacre. The death count is around 50 with over 400 injured. Prayers go out.
    Medical and Clinical treatment of individuals with untreated mental illnesses must be addressed seriously this Country, the brain unbalanced has the capacity of what is witnessed today in Las Vegas.

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  9. President Trump is about to speak on the massacre. The death count is around 50 with over 400 injured. Prayers go out.
    Medical and Clinical treatment of individuals with untreated mental illnesses must be addressed seriously this Country, the brain unbalanced has the capacity of what is witnessed today in Las Vegas.

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    1. Trump Signed Bill Revoking Obama-Era Gun Checks for People With Mental Illnesses

      FEB 28 2017, 8:39 PM ET

      President Donald Trump quietly signed a bill into law Tuesday rolling back an Obama-era regulation that made it harder for people with mental illnesses to purchase a gun.

      The rule, which was finalized in December, added people receiving Social Security checks for mental illnesses and people deemed unfit to handle their own financial affairs to the national background check database.

      Had the rule fully taken effect, the Obama administration predicted it would have added about 75,000 names to that database.

      President Barack Obama recommended the now-nullified regulation in a 2013 memo following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which left 20 first graders and six others dead. The measure sought to block some people with severe mental health problems from buying guns.

      https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/amp/trump-signs-bill-revoking-obama-era-gun-checks-people-mental-n727221

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  10. 5:14 here again.

    Can we please leave this all for tomorrow. I think the Mod gave enough political food for thought for today. Anyone want to explore that?

    Just prayers, or good thoughts, today. Just once.

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    1. What do you mean by prayers? Honest question.

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    2. Good thoughts won't bring people back. We need action

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  11. What part of the election of a non Politician dont you understand?
    Both Political parties are not serving at the will of the people, both parties are answering to Lobbyist, not voters.
    The Democrats have their own mess to deal with and no one to run as Presidential candidates, they "own" the largest swamp.
    The Republicans are divided, yet the swamp cleaning has begun.

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    1. I don't think it has anything to do with not understanding. I think the problem for you is your observations are nonsense and nobody is buying what you have to say.

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    2. So show me a 'non politician'. Trump is most definitely a politician and has been his whole life. That why bill and hill were at his wedding. That's why gulianinis one of his besties. You got fooled pal.

      By the consummate politician

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  12. It is obvious the country is unhappy with both parties and this is what Russia hopes will divide the country and cause mass chaos. The chaos will make the US weaker and them stronger. Anyone with half a brain should be able to see that. Question is what half see's what, the right brain or the left brain?

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  13. Witness accounts of heroism being shared now. So many patriots running into the line of fire inorder to give aid.
    People kill people. The bills signed into law creating data bases, do little to help.

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    1. The knee jerk first reaction of most tea nuts is to defend guns, not people.

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    2. People with rapid-fire assault weapons kill people. Yet corrupt politicians like Trump repeal laws that are proven to help in other countries. Blood is on their hands. And yours if you support them

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  14. The russians should save their money. We have proven supremely capable of dividing ourselves all on our own.

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  15. 8:50am is right, Russia has nothing to do with our mess.
    The ineffectiveness of Congress is the problem; both from the left and right.

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    1. Russia hacked our elections and we ended up with the worst president in history. Electing people to Congress that are in line with Trump would only make things worse.

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    2. That's not what 8:50 said.

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    3. Identity and Politics Uber Alles!October 2, 2017 at 10:05 AM

      My prediction is that today's comments (for example the 9:58 comment above) will prove my comment at 8:50 true.

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    4. You're full of crap.

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    5. I'm beginning to seriously think that government is a nice idea but since it's run by people so many of the people who pine to be involved with government are the sucky mean self serving people who ruin it for everybody, and make the government malfunction. Look at all those super rich A-holes who are using tens of thousands of $$ to travel in private jets. And now we're paying for Pruitt, the head of the EPA, to have 24-hr security by something like 18 people at all times?? WTF is he doing that requires 18 people to protect him???? and who approved my tax money to protect that moron??

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  16. 7:22am. I hope you don't drive a car, if you do, then you are capable of killing people with that instrument of death.

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    1. 58 people all at once? From a casino window 32 stories above a country music concert? Remember, people do kill people. Semi-automatic rifles make it a whole lot easier.

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    2. Guns don't kill people until the people who own them kill people.

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    3. If that's you're view of the purpose of an automobile then I hope you don't drive. Anyway, that why cars are regulated and require licensing and insurance to operate. That's just the kind of regulation all mainstream non-corrupt rational people are asking for.


      The constitution specifically states that our militia should be 'well regulated'.

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    4. I always wonder what makes someone like this pop...and if not a gun would it be a truck into crowd or other means?

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    5. Guns can be used to kill people from a distance. That would appeal to a coward.

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    6. After listening to a tape of the performance, the weapons he used were full auto, which except for very rare circumstances, are already illegal.

      Punish the law breakers, not the law abiders.

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    7. Punish murderers and regulate firearms rationally like they should have been for years now

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  17. Lol, Hillary just came out and said that the debate of silencers and guns should be had; this durning the moment of silence being held on the lawn of the White House.
    Was she using silencers on those hammers she used on her personal computers and cellphones and BlackBerry?

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    1. The Republicans currently are pushing a bill that would make getting silencers much more easy. That is what Hilary was referring to. Put away the laughing gas.

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  18. Lol, 9:58am. blames hacking on people not being able to make up their own minds!
    No one liked Hillary, she and the DNC worked on getting Bernie out, and still she lost.
    You've got Chuck and Nancy leading the Dems; chuckles.
    You've got clogs in the RINO party, they are on their way out.

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    1. I am not sure the neofascist Bannonites are going to be much of an improvement.

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  19. 10:01am. How about good thoughts, just being honest. Do you have any good thoughts? You may not pray, but it's never too late.

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    1. I have plenty of good thoughts. Praying is useless in my opinion,but if it consoles you in your time of need then by all means please continue.

      But no physical miracle will ever come from it. Peace.

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  20. 11:55am. Prime example of why THAT woman lost.
    Everyone has to clarify what she says!
    As usual HER timing is off. Its all about HER.
    Today should be about those people in Las Vegas enjoying each others company and listening to a live concert.
    A savage, used deadly force on those innocents united through music.

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    1. Hillary had nothing to do with what happened in Las Vegas. Trump, who favors arming the mentally insane, is much more closely connected.

      Say hello to President Putin.

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    2. 12:37, please keep focusing on the Clintons. Tell your friends to do the same.

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  21. 10:26 Guns kill people in the hands of the person pulling the trigger!

    Place a loaded gun on the ground next to a pile of fist-sized rocks. Then have a madman step up and say chose your weapon and kill some innocents since you are so mad?

    Would you rather live in a police state, with every law enforcement entity on full tactical alert 24/7 and with each and every home owner/vehicle owner/business owner armed?

    Or would you rather have gun regulations that make sense for "responsible" gun owners that would prohibit the insane from acquiring a pile of rocks, I mean a potential lethal weapon.

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    1. I refuse to accept that those are my only two options.

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  22. A famous country music guitarist who survived the Mandalay Bay shooting massacre has renounced his support for the 2nd Amendment.

    Josh Abbott Band guitarist Caleb Keeter posted on Twitter that he had, “been a proponent of the 2nd Amendment my entire life. Until the events of last night.”

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  23. 2:16pm. I thought you were going to say that the famous guitarist Tom Petty died today.

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  24. Yes; the Biblical version of David slew Golieth works.
    I do like the 2nd Amendment and it would be great to return to the Wild West version of everyone takes care themselves and their morals.

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    1. 59 people died, 500 were injured. And all you can do is come up with stupid BS like this?

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    2. Um sorry but the "Wild West"is a fantasy created by the elite Caucasian minority. And David slew Goliath because Goliath was blind. Idiot.

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  25. All the C and W music lovers who were on the field listening to the bands and were carrying had no frigging chance to defend themselves or their loved ones. Likewise, Mandalay Hotel guests on the 32nd floor. Stop this rot right now. You are not going to protect yourself from someone bent on killing you. You have to kill that person first. You have to read his evil intentions. Are you sure you can?

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    1. Automatic weaponry gives an extreme advantage to deranged killers. They must be prevented from getting weapons like that.

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    2. 7:23 is calling for a preemptive strike. Crazy

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  26. Hello North Korea; we all acknowledge that we have to prevent your Dictator "Little Rocket"from Nuking the United States.

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  27. To answer the Mod's initial question from this morning: the alt-rights new target...

    is you.

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