Republicans have long known that repetition and other basic marketing tactics were effective in politics. But cartoonist Scott Adams argues Trump took this a step further with something he calls “the linguistic kill shot,” which is a fancy way to explain why he called Hillary Clinton “Crooked Hillary” and mocked Jeb Bush as “low energy.”
These “kill shots” had to be visual concepts that hadn’t been heard in politics before. It’s also known as “name calling,” which is why Democrats discounted and avoided such pettiness. But it’s also effective because “every time you looked at the candidate being described you would look for confirmation bias.”
Yes, the left needs a movement that rivals the Tea Party movement’s passion, reach and influence. But rather than happening with the encouragement and funding of the party’s rich donors, it might have to happen in spite of them.
Obamacare is a modern miracle that has expanded coverage to record levels, cut the federal deficit and expanded the life of Medicare, while adding benefits and protections for every insured American. Yet the GOP has managed to make it an entirely polarized issue, with voters who rely on the law voting against Democrats out of spite.
Ignoring race to focus solely on economics helps the GOP, and that won’t even be an option considering whom Trump’s policies will target, argues columnist Greg Sargent. But author Ian Haney-López asserts that the Democratic Party presenting itself as “a coalition of minorities, each with discrete identities but united by a few shared interests” won’t reverse the trends that have fed massive inequality either. Instead, Democrats must confront the right’s white identity politics for what it is: a scam against the entire American working class.
Building up a circuit of progressive speakers who hone and craft their message directly to voters would force Democrats to match their message to the mood and needs of the people who will become the next generation of activists. It could bring the Democratic message back to places like Macomb that Democrats need to win in 2020.
How to defeat a master of self-promotion like Trump? Start by pointing out that he is the biggest popular vote loser ever to win the Electoral College.
Trump possesses a totalitarian genius for occupying our political discourse with the sort of bullshit that feeds his fame and appeals to Americans who feel victimized by change.
I doubt I’ll ever forgive myself for the mistakes I’ve made, but — like you — now all I can do is fight back against Trump. Here is what I think we need to do next.
Images of Latinos lining up to vote have shaken Trump back to reality. He sees voters being allowed to vote because they arrived in line before the polls closed as “rigged.”
The exposure of Trump’s attempts to present himself as generous is invaluable, revealing a hollow man who represents the epitome of conservatism’s unchecked greed and exploitation.
How could a party that gave us a sober-minded guy who looks like he escaped from a razor commercial be blamed for the sudden rise and imminent fall of a brutally bombastic bigot?
Donald Trump once bragged about turning New York and California red. Then he promised to strike a path to victory through the Rust Belt.
Now, unless something drastically changes in the next few weeks, he will struggle to invalidate the results of a landslide worse than the one suffered by Mitt Romney — the man Trump once maligned as a “choker.”
Evidence suggests that thanks to the party’s co-dependent relationship with Donald Trump, the GOP may be on the verge of permanently losing two of the fastest growing groups of new voters — Latinos and Asian-Americans. Support from these two groups is dipping toward a percentage in the single digits.
Trump needs to defend his ego from every slight and sees criticism as a threat to his identity. But it’s his personal cruelty that should most terrify voters.
It will likely be the most highly viewed debate in the history of the world — and here’s why it could be the most consequential.
We head into the last few weeks of this election with our societal immune system largely failing and the fate of the nation dependent on one person. Luckily for us, that person is Hillary Clinton. Only one human being has ever defeated Clinton in an election. He’s now in the White House and many of his best operatives are working on Clinton’s campaign.
Trump can still win, of course. But his prospects are especially bleak if you believe, as the latest YouGov/CBS News poll tells us, that Clinton is leading in both Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Romney won North Carolina and Trump is this far outperforming the GOP nominee only in Iowa.
You’ve probably never heard it mentioned on TV, but President Obama is outdoing President Reagan in what used to be one of conservatives’ favorite ways to judge the economy — private sector jobs. At the current pace more than 10 million private sector jobs will be created in Obama’s second term, well over a half million more […]
Donald Trump’s last stand is — like everything Trump has done since he birthered his way into conservative politics — all about winning over white people.
Yes, the system is rigged — for Donald Trump and his kids. And Trump’s escalating wrath comes from knowing that as rigged as his success has been, he’s facing the greatest failure of his life.