When you are on the wrong side of every policy debate, then there is always cheating to get your party into office. Like denying people the right to vote based on phantom “voter fraud.”
One way to find out how effective a progressive and/or liberal media commentary organization website / fan page is — Count the number of rude, offensive, ignorant, misinformed, and hateful troll comments from a right wing perspective.
With this hyperventilating, hysterical overreacting from Republicans over the change in filibuster rules for Judicial and Executive nominations, it will be interesting to see how over-the-top Republican overreactions will be regarding future changes to legislative filibusters which have plagued the Senate over the past five years …
Ignorant people convinced they are right … With passionate intensity spouting ignorance and misinformation/disinformation, while claiming others who do not agree with them are doing the same … It’s a sad state of affairs, to be sure …
Hmmmm … Republicans disappointed that their unprecedented obstruction has been curtailed, check … Typical histrionic insults of Democrats, Liberals, Socialists, and Leftists in general, check … Plenty of ignorance combined with confidence in being right, check … It seems everything is normal in the Republican, Conservative, Libertarian worldview, sadly ….
And third, and maybe most of all—the country has changed culturally. Four years ago, conservatives, liberals, and centrists alike all assumed that middle-of-the-road Americans were, while not Dittoheads, pretty conservative by default. Among the political class, this has meant—for pretty much my entire adult lifetime—that your average American was likely to embrace conservative arguments about the culture, and that Democrats had to be crazy to do anything but meekly suggest that they more or less agreed with a caveat or two.
But no more. With each new day that the election recedes into the past, it becomes more and more apparent just what a watershed it was. No, it wasn’t a realignment election according to the standard political science definition. But it was in a way even bigger than that. The election was a cultural watershed moment. All the old dog-whistle tricks, hating on gay people and all that, failed utterly. After decades of struggle and activism and fights and losses for the liberal side, a switch got flipped in November. Middle-of-the-road voters just stopped buying right-wing fear-mongering.