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Subj: Re: Trump's brand of populism has been co-opted by the Swamp
Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 at 09:47:42 am EST (Viewed 233 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Trump's brand of populism has been co-opted by the Swamp
Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 at 08:44:27 am EST (Viewed 247 times)

    I suppose, but I would say that it is the Tea Party too. They like to make a big stink that the two things are separate but they are not. They are just driven by different motivations to get to the same ends. I would not previously have cast Trump as a conservative but that is what he taps into.

Agreed. Trump is an opportunist posing as a conservative. I think he wants what he wants, and it goes very little further in thought than that. The bulk of his ideology was borrowed from Bannon and Sessions -- the latter of whom was deemed too racist in the 1980s to serve on the courts.

    And despite being sort of the brand of conservative that a crazy uncle at Thanksgiving might be. He is still among them. And wants the same general things in the end. The most important thing to him though is that he get credit.

I think Trump appeals to those seeking to exploit (the Paul Ryan type), and those who are easy prey for exploiters (the crazy uncle type). There is little doubt that the GOP see Trump as a means to an end, regardless of where he ends up.

    I suppose, but I thing Norquist is also given more power than he deserves. Most Republicans were of the same general mind before he ever came into the picture.

A little man, like Norquist, can cast a large shadow. Look at Arthur Laffer.

    It is very dangerous. It can do great or horrible things. History has shown that before. More often than not bad things. It is just harnessing people being mad at something.

True. Even Bernie Sanders, who might be considered a benevolent populist, misled Americans with regard to TPP. Now the future might very well belong to China. Although many nations are still trying to re-work TPP. But even so, America ceded leadership on the issue.

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