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  1. US elections 2016 - "Go ahead, throw your vote away"

    Heh The best commentary I heard on the whole opposition to Trump and why it collapsed was some journalist I think who said basically that the problem with #NeverTrump was they couldn't admit that it meant #SoThisOneTimeClinton.
  2. US elections 2016 - "Go ahead, throw your vote away"

    On the debate, Trump's big problem is gonna be controlling himself. No matter how much he preps and no matter how tilted the expectations are, the truth is that everyone who's worked with Trump, including leaks from his advisors like this week, is that he's undisciplined and flighty and can't concentrate. You know, kinda like a child. Whatever plan he has going in, I'm generally expecting him to go off script fairly quickly. He can't help himself.
  3. US elections 2016 - "Go ahead, throw your vote away"

    It certainly has exposed the rotten heart of the american right. There is, it appears, no candidate they wouldn't vote for.
  4. US elections 2016 - "Go ahead, throw your vote away"

    For those worrying about the polls, I give you this: I know we like to fret on the left, but let's remember that 538 is not the be all and end all of polling analysis. And frankly, if you thinking about who to believe between 538 and PEC, I would suggest that you take into account that only one of them has a financial incentive to drive eyes to their updates via a wild pollercoaster.
  5. US elections 2016 - "Go ahead, throw your vote away"

    The biggest thing this election has shown about the Republican party is exactly the disconnect between the Right-wing leadership and donors and such in the US and their voting base. The big boys care about fiscal conservatism and small government and all that shit. The base just doesn't. Like, the National Review ran an entire issue against Trump and no one cared. Because they don't matter. Policy papers, talks, connections, only the big donors, the guys in Washington and all those types give a shit about that. The base does not care. Beginning explicitly with the Southern Strategy the Republican Party began courting white voters based on racial issues. And it worked. They nabbed them votes and used that support base to push their agenda. But what they've found out is that even after 50 years, their base still hasn't bought the philosophical basis they've been pushing. They are still just in it for the racial politics. And Trump sold them that better and more overtly. The fact that he doesn't give a shit about alot of the "actual" right-wing positions is irrelevant to the base cause they don't care about that shit either and never have.
  6. US elections 2016 - "Go ahead, throw your vote away"

    I am intolerant of Nazis, therefore I am a bigot. You are truly advancing a coherent position here and not just desperately trying to justify your continued support of a thin-skinned know-nothing authoritarian bigot. Yes.
  7. US elections 2016 - "Go ahead, throw your vote away"

    Geez, I wonder why the Russians are trying to help Trump win the election: Oh right.
  8. US elections 2016 - "Go ahead, throw your vote away"

    McCain endorsed Bush after Bush implied his adopted daughter was his illegitimate half-black baby. Saying his dad killed JFK is pretty fucking tame for what a GOPer will forgive to keep their seat.
  9. US elections 2016 - "Go ahead, throw your vote away"

    Best bet is that his reelection prospects in 2 years are looking REALLY REALLY bad in his internal data. Kasich was threatened but given his popularity in Ohio, I think he'll just tell them to go fuck themselves. He won his state in the primary after all. Cruz on the other hand, lost his to Trump as I remember, so he's in some trouble. During the convention the GOP looked alot more divided so I bet his flipping Trump off seemed like a good move. Now that the party is pulling together, at least to the public, and Trump likely having many supporters in his home state, he's probably looking at his numbers and realising he needs to play ball now.
  10. US elections 2016 - "Go ahead, throw your vote away"

    No, it's the opposite. Giving these people free reign to air their shit in public just convinces them and others that it's totally acceptable to have and share these views. This is one of the dangers of Trump and the way he and his supporters have been normalised. Left to their own devices in their closed circles, these groups fester but they don't matter. Shitheads like the "alt-right" are just a bunch of idiots on the internet except when they are giving platforms to harass people via Twitter's abhorrently shitty moderation policy or, say, when a guy who espouses alot of their views runs for President and the media ignores what he says and does. Basically, Stormfront ain't doing nothing on it's own.
  11. US elections 2016 - "Go ahead, throw your vote away"

    Not talking about Wallace at all. I'm talking about the people who sat out on Humphrey and let Nixon take power. Specifically, this:
  12. US elections 2016 - "Go ahead, throw your vote away"

    Yes, that is the idea from people like Altherion. I explained it above already. Remember that many white people think they are the real victims.
  13. US elections 2016 - "Go ahead, throw your vote away"

    As I've said before, Johnson is a moron running a scam campaign. Just after the bombing in NY he commented that "at least no one was hurt" on I believe CNN, essentially showcasing his complete lack of awareness of anything that was going on. And, last I checked, he's still funnelling almost all his campaign funds into "consultants" that seem to produce essentially nothing. But that's the problem with 3rd party candidates at this level. They are jokes. Charlatans and morons to the man. Johnson is a bit of both. Stein seems at least genuine, she's just also genuinely stupid and incompetent and pushing the accelerationism angle. And losing to a dead gorilla in many polls. But many idiots are turning to these candidates, at least when answering polls, despite what's happening in the real race and apparently without ever actually paying attention to anything these fuckers actually say on the campaign trail. But then, apparently no one learns from history. Not 2000, not 1968 and I will bet a few decades from now, not 2016.
  14. US elections 2016 - "Go ahead, throw your vote away"

    Show them it's socially unacceptable and just keep pushing to have that ideology pushed out of the mainstream and into the shadows were it can eventually wither. It's basically all you can do in the long run. At the moment the best way for that to happen is for Trump to be crushed come the election. The worst thing that can happen is a near miss and the group that has come together behind him becomes more emboldened and legitimised. And then 4 years from now you maybe get the same thing over again, except with terrifying competence at the helm.
  15. US elections 2016 - "Go ahead, throw your vote away"

    Alot of white people in america apparently believe race relations are worse now then they were back in, say, the 1950s. They just think the reason that is so is because anti-white racism is now a bigger problem then anti-black racism. Here's some stuff on it if you want: These guys have a paper from I think 2011 or so that basically talked about white views on race relations vs black views and the biggest takeaway was that white people viewed racial issues as a zero-sum game and so as black people are less discriminated against, white people are discriminated against more. The larger point is generally that alot of white people in america have deeply fucked up views on race and deeply resent the perceived loss of preferential position within american society. And so, well, they want to fix that. They want to make america like it used to be. To make it great again.