Tag: J.D. Vance

Elite Conservatives Have Taken an Awfully Weird Turn

Among Americans more generally, the right-wing embrace of Putin is dismally unpopular: Just 6 percent U.S. adults have a positive opinion of the Russian president, the Pew Research Center found this year. Meanwhile, the “MAGACommunism” movement has combined American nationalism with praise for another authoritarian leader despised by most Americans, China’s Xi Jinping. Alienating mainstream […]

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Reasons to Celebrate the Midterms? Sure. But Here’s Why We’re Still in Deep Trouble.

The consequences of this can be seen in Wisconsin, where Republicans won control of the legislature in 2010, and promptly gerrymandered democracy out of existence. Despite Democratic incumbent Tony Evers winning the governor’s race in Wisconsin by 3.6 percent, voters in Wisconsin barely prevented the GOP from having veto-proof supermajorities in the Wisconsin House and […]

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The Democrats Lost Some Working-Class Support in the Midterms

It’s also worth noting that although the Democratic Party has come to be dominated by the professional classes and even to some extent by Wall Street, the midterm results demonstrate that it’s an oversimplification to say that it’s the party of the prosperous. It all depends, obviously, on how you break these things down, but […]

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The Red Wave Died Down to a Red Ripple

But as David Plouffe pointed out during MSNBC’s election night telecast, there were no big surprise GOP wins to point to as a sign of a significant electoral tsunami. Instead, it was Democrats finding these odd and unexpected victories—such as Democrat Greg Landsman ousting incumbent Ohio Rep. Steve Chabot, and Trump-endorsed North Carolina Republican Rep. […]

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MAGA Candidate J.D. Vance Wins Ohio Senate Race, In Huge Blow to Democrats

Item two: About 10 minutes later, NBC shifted the North Carolina Senate race from “too early to call” to “too close to call.” “Too early” means, “Well, we can’t say it yet, but we all really know what’s going to happen”—in this case, that Republican Ted Budd was going to beat Democrat Cheri Beasley. I […]

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Peter Thiel Has No Clue What Makes America Great

The Claremont Institute, an increasingly influential think tank that has been called the “nerve center” of the New Right, shares this dire view of America. Its mission is “to restore the principles of the American Founding to their rightful, preeminent authority in our national life,” which sounds innocuous enough—until you realize what such restoration would […]

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Liz Cheney Endorses Democrat Tim Ryan in Close Ohio Senate Race

Here is the deleted tweet from @CaptClayHiggins, a member of @HomelandGOP. pic.twitter.com/2GRdhwiOvz — Steve Herman (@W7VOA) October 30, 2022 Ever the chaser of his father’s approval, Donald Trump, Jr. posted a crude photo of a hammer and men’s underwear on his Instagram, with the caption “Got my Paul Pelosi Halloween costume ready”—echoing Higgins’ anti-LGBTQ smear: […]

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Donald Trump Is More Deranged Than Ever

But even this was just part of the build-up to what ended up being a full QAnon passion play, as the rally culminated with Trump fulminating—reciting a series of grievances over swelling strings. His followers, commanded to raise their fingers in salute, did so—resulting in a scene that looked like it was freshly plucked from […]

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Why Candidates Get More Bang for Their Buck Than Super PACs—Starting Now

Party groups such as the National Republican Senatorial Committee also are not entitled to the candidate discount. This fact puts a different spin on the well-publicized squabble between McConnell and Rick Scott, the Florida senator who heads the NRSC. According to the New York Times, the NRSC blew though 95 percent of its $180 million […]

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What Is Peter Thiel Thinking?

Post-2020, I think a couple of things happened. One was there was this opening created by January 6 and the end of the Trump presidency for someone like Thiel to come along, where you have this obvious constituency for these hard-right ideas—but not a lot of people, besides Donald Trump really, trying to claim it. […]

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Peter Thiel’s Handpicked Candidates Are Train Wrecks

Thiel will no doubt continue build his ideological project and pursue his political interests: protecting the plutocratic class from all incursions, promoting hostility toward China, degrading international institutions, and weakening the social welfare state. He has hit on a formula familiar to many Republicans: Aggressively push red meat culture war issues like immigration while quietly […]

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Tim Ryan: Right Man, Right Place, Right Time

Indeed, except for trade and some griping about inflation, the Republicans’ pitch to the working class bypasses bread-and-butter issues entirely. Consider a memo Representative Jim Banks sent House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy in March 2021, proposing that the GOP “permanently become the Party of the Working Class.” What substantive positions, apart from trade restrictions, did […]

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Trump’s “Eric” Endorsement Perfectly Sums Up His Asinine Political Career

In Missouri, his prerogatives couldn’t be clearer. This was not an endorsement at all; Trump just gave his blessing to two of the top-three candidates and left Missouri voters to figure it out for themselves. It’s long been clear that his personal preference is Greitens, who has been steering heavily into the MAGA brand. But […]

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