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Re: “Conservatives Have an Identity Problem. It's Called Their Identity

@Chris

I might be wrong here since all I know is what I read in the newspapers.

But I thought the reason Steve Bannon now works in the White House is that Donald Trump brought him there.

And the reason Trump could do that is because he carried the states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

And Trump carried those states because people who normally turn out and vote for Democrats either stayed home or voted for Trump.

So would it be more accurate to say that the reason Bannon is in the White House is not because of Republican votes but because of disaffected Democrats?

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 02/24/2017 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Conservatives Have an Identity Problem. It's Called Their Identity

@barf

I think we can agree on everything you said.

Trump is his own worst enemy and is likely to continue to be so.

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 02/24/2017 at 6:42 PM

Re: “Conservatives Have an Identity Problem. It's Called Their Identity

@barf

I think that is a good question you directed my way.

I am happy to admit the obvious and trust you are happy to admit the obvious also.

To wit: Trump did not receive a majority of the popular votes cast in the 2016 presidential election. He did not get my vote, either. It just does not matter one way or the other, the election is not determined by popular vote. Or as one of our other Presidents accurately said (was it George Bush, maybe? ) " I may have won only 48% of the popular vote, but I won 100% of the presidency"

Could we also agree that the constant harping on the results of he popular vote is just an attempt to delegitimize Trump as President?

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 02/24/2017 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Conservatives Have an Identity Problem. It's Called Their Identity

@barf

Thank you for the comment.

More than just facts under attack, I fear.

More than simple civility or good mannered disagreement are under attack.

We are now in the vicious, name calling business. Most of which has little basis in fact either. And unfortunately led by the press, as this article demonstrates so well.

Now we have progressed to a point where those who disagree with us are not just wrong, they are evil, too.

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 02/24/2017 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Conservatives Have an Identity Problem. It's Called Their Identity

@Chris

Well, OK.

Could the Democrats just be willing to maybe bargain on a middle class tax cut?

if they really want to be ambitious, perhaps they could extend themselves and bargain on repairing the obvious financial problems with Obamacare. If Democrats want to fiercely defend the ACA against repeal, fine with me. Keep the name and call it "repair" instead.

But these outrageous yearly increases in premiums, accompanied by likewise outrageous increases in deductibles, with ever shrinking choices, and with insurance companies continuing to pull out of participation, with the latest CEO announcing a pull out referring to Obamacare being in a "death spiral", there is obviously some work to be done.

Will the Democrats work with Republicans to fix these problems or not? Unless they do, nothing can be accomplished.

And I hope they do, because it is manifestly in the interest of America that these issues with Obamacare be fixed.

It is in their party's interest to cooperate, too. If they don't they are going to own what happens with Obamacare and the Republicans are going to hang it around their necks in 2018.

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 02/24/2017 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Conservatives Have an Identity Problem. It's Called Their Identity

@Bruce

Pardon my fat finger on that one.

You are a whole lot closer to the actual figure than my post.

I think the final numbers were right at 63 million for Trump, 66 Million for Ms Clinton and some 7 Million for other candidates.

Which means that 66 million voted for Ms Clinton while 70 Million voted for someone other than Ms Clinton.

If Ms Clinton's goal was to win the popular vote, her campaign did an outstanding job and she is to be congratulated.

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 02/24/2017 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Conservatives Have an Identity Problem. It's Called Their Identity

@CL

Well, that could be.

I will plead guilty of having infected syntax. Comes with advanced age, I think.

I don't know about the significance of those polls, though.

What I see is that as my friends in the Democratic party have moved further and further to the left, and as as their rhetoric becomes more and more strident, inflammatory and accusatory (like Chris, for example) the more they tend to lose.

For evidence, the 1024 legislative seats lost in the last eight years, including 34 seats in the House and 12 in the Senate. I don't know off hand how many governorships. I can't imagine that happening to the Democrats 25 years ago.

And now they are on the verge of electing Keith Ellison as the face of their party.

I can only tell you Republicans are overjoyed at that prospect. We also hope Chuck Shumer, Maxine Waters and Elizabeth Warren keep their public attacks in full force as well.

I cannot imagine why the Democrats fail to acknowledge that 90 Million people voted for Trump and why they cannot seem to include that fact into their political decisions or to try to understand why it happened in the first place.

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 02/24/2017 at 11:33 AM

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