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After the victory of Donald Trump in 2016, the GOP held the Senate and House, two-thirds of the governorships, and 1,000 more state legislators than they had on the day Barack Obama took office.

“The Republican Party has not been this dominant in 90 years,” went the exultant claim.

A year later, Republicans lost the governorship of Virginia and almost lost the legislature.

Came then the loss of a U.S. Senate seat in ruby-red Alabama.

Tuesday, Democrats captured a House seat in a Pennsylvania district Trump carried by 20 points, and where Democrats had not even fielded a candidate in 2014 and 2016.

Republicans lately congratulating themselves on a dominance not seen since 1928, might revisit what happened to the Class of 1928.

In 1930, Republicans lost 52 House seats, portending the loss of both houses of Congress and the White House in 1932 to FDR who would go on to win four straight terms. For the GOP, the ’30s were the dreadful decade.

Is the GOP staring at another 1930?

Perhaps.

Unlike 1930, though, the nation has not endured a Great Crash or gone through year one of a Great Depression where unemployment hit 10 percent in June, when the Smoot-Hawley tariff was passed.

Today, the economy is moving along smartly. The labor force is larger than it has ever been. Workers are re-entering and seeking jobs. Black and Hispanic unemployment are at record lows. Confidence is high. Our Great Recession is 10 years in the past.

The problem for Republicans may be found in a truism: When the economy is poor, the economy is the issue. When the economy is good, something else is the issue.

A good economy did not save the GOP in the 18th Congressional District of Pennsylvania, where the party’s tax cut was derided by Democrat Conor Lamb as a wealth transfer to the rich. Nor did Lamb hurt himself by implying Republicans were planning to pay for their tax cut by robbing Social Security and Medicare.

Republican candidate Rick Saccone reportedly stopped using the tax cut as his major issue in his TV ads that ran closest to Election Day.

Other factors point to a bad day for the GOP on Nov. 6.

Republican retirees from Congress far outnumber Democratic retirees.

Democratic turnout has been reaching record highs, while GOP turnout has been normal. And even in the special elections Democrats have lost, they are outperforming the Democrats who lost in 2016.

Relying upon hostility to Trump to bring out the resistance, savvy Democrats are taking on the political coloration of their districts and states, rather than of the national party of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders.

There is, however, troubling news from Pennsylvania for Nancy Pelosi.

Lamb promised voters of “Deerhunter” country he would not support San Francisco Nancy for speaker. Look for Democrats in districts Trump carried to begin talking of the “need for new leaders.”

ORDER IT NOW

Trump seems fated to be the primary target of attack this fall, and not only in districts Clinton carried. For an average of national polls shows that disapproval of his presidency is 14 points higher than his approval rating. And this is when the economy is turning up good numbers not seen in this century.

At the national level, Democrats will turn 2018 into a referendum on the Trump persona and Trump presidency. For while the Trump base is loyal and solid, the anti-Trump base is equally so, and appreciably larger.

Lest we forget, Hillary Clinton, not the most charismatic candidate the Democrats have put up in decades, beat Trump by nearly 3 million votes. And while Trump pierced the famous “blue wall” — the 18 states that voted Democratic in every presidential election between 1992 and 2012 — the demographic trend that created the wall is still working.

White voters, who tend to vote Republican, continue to decline as a share of the population. Peoples of color, who vote 70 to 90 percent Democratic in presidential elections, are now nearly 40 percent of the nation.

Mass migration into America is re-enforcing that trend.

Moreover, millennials, who have many elections ahead of them, are more liberal than seniors, who have fewer elections ahead and are the GOP base.

But if Republicans face problems of demography, the party of “tax and tax, spend and spend, and elect and elect” appears to be reaching the end of its tether. Federal deficits are rising toward trillion-dollar levels.

The five largest items in the budget — Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, defense, interest on the debt — are rising inexorably. And there appears no disposition in either party to cut back on spending for education, college loans, food stamps, housing assistance or infrastructure.

If the Fed did not retain the power to control the money supply, then the fate of New Jersey and Illinois, and beyond, of Greece and Argentina, would become our national destiny.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of a new book, “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

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  1. If Trump had simply made a good faith effort to implement the platform he ran on, with a modicum of dignity, he would have been one of America’s greatest presidents.

    Instead he vacillated, hesitated, dithered, and waffled before finally settling on Larry Kudlow’s open borders immigration policies and John Bolton’s advocacy for never-ending counter-productive wars – the exact opposite of the policies which won him the election.

    The same old GOP bait and switch.

    No matter what platform they run on (Christian social conservatism, nationalism, libertarianism, populism), the real platform they implement is always the same:

    Tax cuts and special favors for billionaires, and wars for Israel.

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    Absolutely correct.
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    I agree with your comment, Mr. Gruskos, with one exception. Your theory on the the GOP's tactics being "bait and switch" is probably true for most of the candidates. I think President Trump, however, has been co-opted in some way, whether by others or in his own mind.

    To explain that, let me say that either he has been threatened in some way (I'd think he'd be hard to either blackmail or bribe, being rich and famous and known to be a playboy type already), or he has just internalized all the beltway bullshit on domestic policy and the 5-star general's bullshit on foreign policy. Has Trump been Neoconned?.

    I never thought he was a man of principle (note his cowardly caving in on gun rights). I just figured he really did care about regular American people, which I still believe. He also came up with the most important issue, the existential one of uncontrolled massive immigration. He has not kept most of the promises, even the ones that he can implement as Commander-in-Chief, without worries about tyrannical Judges.

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  2. Tick Tock says:
    @John Gruskos
    If Trump had simply made a good faith effort to implement the platform he ran on, with a modicum of dignity, he would have been one of America's greatest presidents.

    Instead he vacillated, hesitated, dithered, and waffled before finally settling on Larry Kudlow's open borders immigration policies and John Bolton's advocacy for never-ending counter-productive wars - the exact opposite of the policies which won him the election.

    The same old GOP bait and switch.

    No matter what platform they run on (Christian social conservatism, nationalism, libertarianism, populism), the real platform they implement is always the same:

    Tax cuts and special favors for billionaires, and wars for Israel.

    Absolutely correct.

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  3. Tick Tock says:

    The fact the matter is that the employment numbers and unemployment number do not measure or represent either. Personal and family incomes on inflation adjusted averages are way down and so statement that the economy is good and moving along is totally baseless.

    People are feed up with being fed lies and BS. Hence, no trust in any of the sitting elected officials or party standards. I did not vote for Mr. Trump, but after what has happened post election I feel a tremendous amount empathy for both him and his family and complete disgust for his attackers and Hillary supporters.

    After being lied to and Shucked and Jived by the HNIC (Obama), I have only distrust and anger toward the Democratic Party.

    Then to top it off is the Russian Bashing lets have a nuclear holocaust as the final Hurrah.

    Yes, the word out to American Citizens from Both parties as stated by the British Moron posing as Defense Minister is “Why don’t shut up and just go home!” Out of the mouth of babes comes the Truth.

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    I did not vote for Mr. Trump, but after what has happened post election I feel a tremendous amount empathy for both him and his family and complete disgust for his attackers and Hillary supporters.
     
    Me too, but the fact is that no matter which party succeeds in getting their man or woman into the White House, the personal attacks and investigations begin on the day after the inauguration and continue until the day before the next inauguration.

    That is how politics is done today. I would much rather that we have discussions about policy issues like healthcare and foreign policy, income tax reform, government spending priorities, and the use of torture than about what theoretical crime or sexual misdemeanor this or that President and his minions might have committed. After all, you can't make an omelette without breaking some eggs, and you can't run a government without displeasing some people.
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  4. @John Gruskos
    If Trump had simply made a good faith effort to implement the platform he ran on, with a modicum of dignity, he would have been one of America's greatest presidents.

    Instead he vacillated, hesitated, dithered, and waffled before finally settling on Larry Kudlow's open borders immigration policies and John Bolton's advocacy for never-ending counter-productive wars - the exact opposite of the policies which won him the election.

    The same old GOP bait and switch.

    No matter what platform they run on (Christian social conservatism, nationalism, libertarianism, populism), the real platform they implement is always the same:

    Tax cuts and special favors for billionaires, and wars for Israel.

    I agree with your comment, Mr. Gruskos, with one exception. Your theory on the the GOP’s tactics being “bait and switch” is probably true for most of the candidates. I think President Trump, however, has been co-opted in some way, whether by others or in his own mind.

    To explain that, let me say that either he has been threatened in some way (I’d think he’d be hard to either blackmail or bribe, being rich and famous and known to be a playboy type already), or he has just internalized all the beltway bullshit on domestic policy and the 5-star general’s bullshit on foreign policy. Has Trump been Neoconned?.

    I never thought he was a man of principle (note his cowardly caving in on gun rights). I just figured he really did care about regular American people, which I still believe. He also came up with the most important issue, the existential one of uncontrolled massive immigration. He has not kept most of the promises, even the ones that he can implement as Commander-in-Chief, without worries about tyrannical Judges.

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  5. Today, the economy is moving along smartly. The labor force is larger than it has ever been. Workers are re-entering and seeking jobs. Black and Hispanic unemployment are at record lows. Confidence is high. Our Great Recession is 10 years in the past.

    Aside from the bolded sentence, this is a complete load of crap, Pat. Yes confidence is high, because the rising Dow Jones, etc. have made people’s paper 401Ks and money-market funds, etc, look, great. This is the only way to get much return other than in Housing Bubble 2.0 (see also here), going on along with it. All this is due to FED control of interest rates far below the natural level of the time value of money.

    Current old people who did save are getting royally screwed and pension plans all over are failing. Inflation is closer to 5 % yearly (just did some calculations on auto insurance, but unlike most Americans notice economic things). As much as people are going back to work, WTF kind of crappy service jobs are these? There are more people of working age out of work still than since long-ago before feminists and the Feral Gov’t encouraged women into the work force to increase taxes and destroy families. Feral Gov’t employment numbers have been bogus for a long time.

    Things are NOT rosy economically, and the whole thing is a house of cards. I am not laying this on Trump, and he has been making efforts on this, trying to bring back manufacturing jobs. With automation, and without halting and REVERSING the immigration invasion, it will not be enough to stave off what’s coming. Start prepping, bitchez! “Bean, bullets, band-aids!”. “Bears, beets, Battlestar Galactica!”

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  6. Having lived in a couple of first world countries and a third world country before living in the US, I do suspect that parts of the US are sliding towards third-world status, for example the vast gulag of almost invisible trailer parks across the South, and for all I know elsewhere.

    Living standards are inexorably falling. Bread and butter used to be a staple, but these days there are all sorts of cheaper butter compounds and butter substitutes, all of which are inferior to butter, for the apparent reason that many people just cannot afford butter.

    I have been in hundreds of home over the last couple of years and can tell you that very few nonwealthy people have any kind of decent furniture or anything else of any value in their homes. Living in squalor is not exactly the norm, but it is not very abnormal either.

    Health care and dentistry is becoming a luxury that only the better off or the very poor can afford. The average car in the US is 11 years old. Over 40 million people get food stamps. Millions of people have guns to defend themselves against the rapacious poor. Few people can afford travel or vacations compared to other developed countries.

    I think Trumpism was a reaction to this situation, but the man who went to Washington to drain the swamp has fallen among alligators and joined their cause.

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    I agree with your general thesis, but substitution of margarine for butter is not a sign of third world poverty.
    , @Thorfinnsson

    Living standards are inexorably falling. Bread and butter used to be a staple, but these days there are all sorts of cheaper butter compounds and butter substitutes, all of which are inferior to butter, for the apparent reason that many people just cannot afford butter.
     
    What kind of a loser can't afford butter? Are you kidding me? Even fancy butter is inexpensive. Couple of bucks gets you a pound of yellow gold.

    People used to economize on butter back when food was a larger share of family budgets (one third of take-home pay compared to something like one-tenth today). Butter substitutes today are mainly consumed by people terrified by the completely discredited lipid hypothesis and wrongly believe butter will kill them.

    And in the even this hypothetical loser who can't even afford butter exists, he's got an EBT card.

    I don't disagree with you in general, just nitpicking on the butter issue.
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  7. @Tick Tock
    The fact the matter is that the employment numbers and unemployment number do not measure or represent either. Personal and family incomes on inflation adjusted averages are way down and so statement that the economy is good and moving along is totally baseless.

    People are feed up with being fed lies and BS. Hence, no trust in any of the sitting elected officials or party standards. I did not vote for Mr. Trump, but after what has happened post election I feel a tremendous amount empathy for both him and his family and complete disgust for his attackers and Hillary supporters.

    After being lied to and Shucked and Jived by the HNIC (Obama), I have only distrust and anger toward the Democratic Party.

    Then to top it off is the Russian Bashing lets have a nuclear holocaust as the final Hurrah.

    Yes, the word out to American Citizens from Both parties as stated by the British Moron posing as Defense Minister is "Why don't shut up and just go home!" Out of the mouth of babes comes the Truth.

    I did not vote for Mr. Trump, but after what has happened post election I feel a tremendous amount empathy for both him and his family and complete disgust for his attackers and Hillary supporters.

    Me too, but the fact is that no matter which party succeeds in getting their man or woman into the White House, the personal attacks and investigations begin on the day after the inauguration and continue until the day before the next inauguration.

    That is how politics is done today. I would much rather that we have discussions about policy issues like healthcare and foreign policy, income tax reform, government spending priorities, and the use of torture than about what theoretical crime or sexual misdemeanor this or that President and his minions might have committed. After all, you can’t make an omelette without breaking some eggs, and you can’t run a government without displeasing some people.

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    Me too, but the fact is that no matter which party succeeds in getting their man or woman into the White House, the personal attacks and investigations begin on the day after the inauguration and continue until the day before the next inauguration.

    That is how politics is done today
     
    That is how politics has always been done. Except in the backroom.
    , @Almost Missouri

    "the fact is that no matter which party succeeds in getting their man or woman into the White House, the personal attacks and investigations begin on the day after the inauguration and continue until the day before the next inauguration."
     
    Remember all those personal attacks that the MSM ran against Barack Obama the day after he took office? Remember all those investigation Congress ran against the Obama administration?

    Me neither.

    And had Hillary won, there would be none now either, notwithstanding that she is a living felony.

    The personal attacks and investigations go one way only.

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  8. Besides Mr. Buchanan’s cluelessness on the real economy here, he has a major contradiction in his whole thesis on “is the Red/Blue squad match-up like the 1930′s?” (to paraphrase).

    The problem for Republicans may be found in a truism: When the economy is poor, the economy is the issue. When the economy is good, something else is the issue.

    He just got done writing that FDR and the majority-Blue-Team period started due to the economy being bad. Now, it’s “when it’s good, people see the other problems.” Which is it, Mr. Buchanan?

    This is not representative of Pat Buchanan’s good punditry of the past. It also continues his naivety in thinking this is still like the 1970′s and politicians and government are nice and civil and play by some set of rules. These aren’t the semi-real parties of 1970. They are two squads of the same team that is working against Americans. Why does it even matter which one wins more elections in 2018? We need more anti-establishment guys like Trump, except with real integrity, courage, and men who are not compulsive twitterers worried about what people say about them.

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    Just to add to your point Mr Newman. The democrats ? Does it really matter ? A bigger bunch of gutless, Elite licking dogs one can not imagine. The same as Republicans except that Republicans have the courage of their own (horrible) convictions.
    Incidentally, how many democrats voted to confirm Trump's nomination as (torturer ) in chief of the CIA ? What a bunch of jelly backed scumbags.
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  9. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Americans are dumb.

    Majority oppose chain migration BUT they will vote for Democrats for dumb reasons.

    Also, feminism has ruined too many female lives. It urged them to be sluts in the name of empowerment. But many are ugly and don’t sexual value. And even attractive ones soon grow old and lose out to younger ones. And they grow bitter. Instead of blaming their own stupid attitudes and lifestyles, they blame Men and Trump embodies Men.

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  10. Tiny Duck says:

    The GOP has nothing to offer People of Color. You know, THE FUTURE

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    Indeed! Peopke of Color are THE FUTURE for very good reason!
    As I'm sure the VerySmartBrothas would agree, White Cave Beasts left the caves where (the rhesus monkeys that they are) they crawled on all fours, and thereafter out of hatred and envy for innately morally and culturally and civilizationally and biologically and cognitively superior Melanated Indigenous People of Color, acted in accordance with their innately white bestial and violent nature and thus swept across the entire planet (sparing not a millimeter!) raping and pillaging and murdering all the indigenous people and Bodies of Color that they met. Thus, if not for the 2500+ year and continuing rampage of the Honky Cracker Toilet Seat Complexion Mayonnaise Bird Shit Subhumans, the world would never have known misogyny, rape culture, the wage gap, oppression, marginalization, domestic violence, infanticide, colonialism, imperialism, media overrepresentation of pale stale male dudebros, violent conquest, indigenous ethnic displacement, xenophobia, anti-migrant brutality, the crusades, the trail of tears, genocide, mass genocide, democide, femicide, cultural appropriation, cultural destruction, murder, mayhem, manslaughter, slavery, chattel slavery, hereditary slavery, the slave trade, cultural genocide, etc. In conclusion, for a strong, peaceful, culturally rich, harmonious future, People of Color must dominate and the kkkrakkker devils must be pushed to the margins.
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  11. what is funny is when shit hits the fan, people vote for the blue team to clean it all up. just like pat stated that there is no great market crash :) so it might not be another case of 1930s.

    how many red team supporters understand this part?

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  12. Tiny Duck says:

    Republicans shouldnt be leading rats out of a back alley much less the United States of America. Republicans have become a band of robbers and traitors. In short, the GOPsucks and needs to be flushed down the toilet. But, that’s just my opinion.

    It isn’t the democrats who invited Russia into the White House, who conspired with Russia, who dismantled the State Dept and put unqualified people in positions of power, nor did the Dems toss our regulations which help keep air and water clean, I could go but -

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    It isn’t the democrats who invited Russia into the White House, who conspired with Russia
     
    FDR did.

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  13. Weaver1 says:

    This is one of Pat’s most insightful articles. Trump could still turn things around, but the troops need to come home, and the defence budget needs to be cut.

    Americans won’t accept cuts to anything but “defence”. It’s just got to be cut. If Congress doesn’t want to cut, then he could at least speak against it. Republicans have no choice but to support Trump.

    Dems have very good reason to fear cuts to the welfare state, due to the spending deficit. And they’ll never support cutting it until market wages are markedly higher. As Unz famously argued: It’s better to pay people more than to have government redistribute wealth. Trump could use that.

    Trump clearly wants to cut spending, but the empire is what needs to be cut first.

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  14. @Tiny Duck
    The GOP has nothing to offer People of Color. You know, THE FUTURE

    Indeed! Peopke of Color are THE FUTURE for very good reason!
    As I’m sure the VerySmartBrothas would agree, White Cave Beasts left the caves where (the rhesus monkeys that they are) they crawled on all fours, and thereafter out of hatred and envy for innately morally and culturally and civilizationally and biologically and cognitively superior Melanated Indigenous People of Color, acted in accordance with their innately white bestial and violent nature and thus swept across the entire planet (sparing not a millimeter!) raping and pillaging and murdering all the indigenous people and Bodies of Color that they met. Thus, if not for the 2500+ year and continuing rampage of the Honky Cracker Toilet Seat Complexion Mayonnaise Bird Shit Subhumans, the world would never have known misogyny, rape culture, the wage gap, oppression, marginalization, domestic violence, infanticide, colonialism, imperialism, media overrepresentation of pale stale male dudebros, violent conquest, indigenous ethnic displacement, xenophobia, anti-migrant brutality, the crusades, the trail of tears, genocide, mass genocide, democide, femicide, cultural appropriation, cultural destruction, murder, mayhem, manslaughter, slavery, chattel slavery, hereditary slavery, the slave trade, cultural genocide, etc. In conclusion, for a strong, peaceful, culturally rich, harmonious future, People of Color must dominate and the kkkrakkker devils must be pushed to the margins.

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  15. while the Trump base is loyal and solid

    Not from what I’ve seen. Many–perhaps most–of those who supported Trump most vigorously during the campaign are deeply disappointed with him now.

    the anti-Trump base is equally so

    Far more so, in my opinion. The Left is pissed, and energized like I’ve never seen them. Every one of them who didn’t bother to vote last time because she thought Hillary was a shoo-in will be at the polls in 2020.

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  16. Hibernian says:
    @Jonathan Mason
    Having lived in a couple of first world countries and a third world country before living in the US, I do suspect that parts of the US are sliding towards third-world status, for example the vast gulag of almost invisible trailer parks across the South, and for all I know elsewhere.

    Living standards are inexorably falling. Bread and butter used to be a staple, but these days there are all sorts of cheaper butter compounds and butter substitutes, all of which are inferior to butter, for the apparent reason that many people just cannot afford butter.

    I have been in hundreds of home over the last couple of years and can tell you that very few nonwealthy people have any kind of decent furniture or anything else of any value in their homes. Living in squalor is not exactly the norm, but it is not very abnormal either.

    Health care and dentistry is becoming a luxury that only the better off or the very poor can afford. The average car in the US is 11 years old. Over 40 million people get food stamps. Millions of people have guns to defend themselves against the rapacious poor. Few people can afford travel or vacations compared to other developed countries.

    I think Trumpism was a reaction to this situation, but the man who went to Washington to drain the swamp has fallen among alligators and joined their cause.

    I agree with your general thesis, but substitution of margarine for butter is not a sign of third world poverty.

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  17. KenH says:

    Came then the loss of a U.S. Senate seat in ruby-red Alabama.

    That happens when 30% or more of Republican voters who bought the phony allegations against Moore and stayed home and 2% wrote in a candidate. Roy Moore had his failings as a candidate but since he wasn’t one of Mitch’s establishment bitches the GOP undermined him and some GOP bigwigs and Senators actually endorsed Doug Jones which damaged Moore’s chances. And even then he only lost by 1% of the vote.

    Losing a Congressional seat in a district that you won by 20 points isn’t good, but it’s not as if that district is embracing the radical left agenda. Connor Lamb seemed to mostly run on the agenda that Trump has largely abandoned in favor of Paul Ryan’s GOPe legislative priorities and a (((neocon))) foreign policy that he ran against, but has now embraced. Cuts to social security are high on Paul Ryan’s wish list and this seemed to weigh heavily on the minds of the voters in Pennsylvania’s 18th district.

    Republicans never learn. They think that a modest increase in Mcjobs, a quarterly GDP growth rate of 3-5% and war with everyone Israel hates will win over the masses to race neutral cuckservatism. This is how they got wiped out in 2006 and possibly how they’ll throw away their historic majorities in both houses in 2018.

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    Republicans never learn. They think that a modest increase in Mcjobs, a quarterly GDP growth rate of 3-5% and war with everyone Israel hates will win over the masses to race neutral cuckservatism. This is how they got wiped out in 2006 and possibly how they’ll throw away their historic majorities in both houses in 2018.
     
    If they lose it would be best if they lose really really badly. Badly enough to demonstrate that their strategy is going to doom them to irrelevance.
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    @KenH

    Came then the loss of a U.S. Senate seat in ruby-red Alabama.
     
    That happens when 30% or more of Republican voters who bought the phony allegations against Moore and stayed home and 2% wrote in a candidate. Roy Moore had his failings as a candidate but since he wasn't one of Mitch's establishment bitches the GOP undermined him and some GOP bigwigs and Senators actually endorsed Doug Jones which damaged Moore's chances. And even then he only lost by 1% of the vote.

    Losing a Congressional seat in a district that you won by 20 points isn't good, but it's not as if that district is embracing the radical left agenda. Connor Lamb seemed to mostly run on the agenda that Trump has largely abandoned in favor of Paul Ryan's GOPe legislative priorities and a (((neocon))) foreign policy that he ran against, but has now embraced. Cuts to social security are high on Paul Ryan's wish list and this seemed to weigh heavily on the minds of the voters in Pennsylvania's 18th district.

    Republicans never learn. They think that a modest increase in Mcjobs, a quarterly GDP growth rate of 3-5% and war with everyone Israel hates will win over the masses to race neutral cuckservatism. This is how they got wiped out in 2006 and possibly how they'll throw away their historic majorities in both houses in 2018.

    Republicans never learn. They think that a modest increase in Mcjobs, a quarterly GDP growth rate of 3-5% and war with everyone Israel hates will win over the masses to race neutral cuckservatism. This is how they got wiped out in 2006 and possibly how they’ll throw away their historic majorities in both houses in 2018.

    If they lose it would be best if they lose really really badly. Badly enough to demonstrate that their strategy is going to doom them to irrelevance.

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  19. @Jonathan Mason

    I did not vote for Mr. Trump, but after what has happened post election I feel a tremendous amount empathy for both him and his family and complete disgust for his attackers and Hillary supporters.
     
    Me too, but the fact is that no matter which party succeeds in getting their man or woman into the White House, the personal attacks and investigations begin on the day after the inauguration and continue until the day before the next inauguration.

    That is how politics is done today. I would much rather that we have discussions about policy issues like healthcare and foreign policy, income tax reform, government spending priorities, and the use of torture than about what theoretical crime or sexual misdemeanor this or that President and his minions might have committed. After all, you can't make an omelette without breaking some eggs, and you can't run a government without displeasing some people.

    Me too, but the fact is that no matter which party succeeds in getting their man or woman into the White House, the personal attacks and investigations begin on the day after the inauguration and continue until the day before the next inauguration.

    That is how politics is done today

    That is how politics has always been done. Except in the backroom.

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  20. @Tiny Duck
    Republicans shouldnt be leading rats out of a back alley much less the United States of America. Republicans have become a band of robbers and traitors. In short, the GOPsucks and needs to be flushed down the toilet. But, that's just my opinion.

    It isn't the democrats who invited Russia into the White House, who conspired with Russia, who dismantled the State Dept and put unqualified people in positions of power, nor did the Dems toss our regulations which help keep air and water clean, I could go but -

    It isn’t the democrats who invited Russia into the White House, who conspired with Russia

    FDR did.

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  21. @Jonathan Mason
    Having lived in a couple of first world countries and a third world country before living in the US, I do suspect that parts of the US are sliding towards third-world status, for example the vast gulag of almost invisible trailer parks across the South, and for all I know elsewhere.

    Living standards are inexorably falling. Bread and butter used to be a staple, but these days there are all sorts of cheaper butter compounds and butter substitutes, all of which are inferior to butter, for the apparent reason that many people just cannot afford butter.

    I have been in hundreds of home over the last couple of years and can tell you that very few nonwealthy people have any kind of decent furniture or anything else of any value in their homes. Living in squalor is not exactly the norm, but it is not very abnormal either.

    Health care and dentistry is becoming a luxury that only the better off or the very poor can afford. The average car in the US is 11 years old. Over 40 million people get food stamps. Millions of people have guns to defend themselves against the rapacious poor. Few people can afford travel or vacations compared to other developed countries.

    I think Trumpism was a reaction to this situation, but the man who went to Washington to drain the swamp has fallen among alligators and joined their cause.

    Living standards are inexorably falling. Bread and butter used to be a staple, but these days there are all sorts of cheaper butter compounds and butter substitutes, all of which are inferior to butter, for the apparent reason that many people just cannot afford butter.

    What kind of a loser can’t afford butter? Are you kidding me? Even fancy butter is inexpensive. Couple of bucks gets you a pound of yellow gold.

    People used to economize on butter back when food was a larger share of family budgets (one third of take-home pay compared to something like one-tenth today). Butter substitutes today are mainly consumed by people terrified by the completely discredited lipid hypothesis and wrongly believe butter will kill them.

    And in the even this hypothetical loser who can’t even afford butter exists, he’s got an EBT card.

    I don’t disagree with you in general, just nitpicking on the butter issue.

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  22. @Achmed E. Newman
    Besides Mr. Buchanan's cluelessness on the real economy here, he has a major contradiction in his whole thesis on "is the Red/Blue squad match-up like the 1930's?" (to paraphrase).

    The problem for Republicans may be found in a truism: When the economy is poor, the economy is the issue. When the economy is good, something else is the issue.
     
    He just got done writing that FDR and the majority-Blue-Team period started due to the economy being bad. Now, it's "when it's good, people see the other problems." Which is it, Mr. Buchanan?

    This is not representative of Pat Buchanan's good punditry of the past. It also continues his naivety in thinking this is still like the 1970's and politicians and government are nice and civil and play by some set of rules. These aren't the semi-real parties of 1970. They are two squads of the same team that is working against Americans. Why does it even matter which one wins more elections in 2018? We need more anti-establishment guys like Trump, except with real integrity, courage, and men who are not compulsive twitterers worried about what people say about them.

    Just to add to your point Mr Newman. The democrats ? Does it really matter ? A bigger bunch of gutless, Elite licking dogs one can not imagine. The same as Republicans except that Republicans have the courage of their own (horrible) convictions.
    Incidentally, how many democrats voted to confirm Trump’s nomination as (torturer ) in chief of the CIA ? What a bunch of jelly backed scumbags.

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  23. earl says:

    “Today, the economy is moving along smartly. The labor force is larger than it has ever been. ”

    This is just one of the, shall we say, untruths. Percentage wise there are many more non participants than before.
    The entirety of the article reeks of these untruths and just plain old BS.

    Anyone that has neural activity can see both parties are corrupt. They can see President Trump is a completely different animal than Candidate Trump. It’s obvious he BS’d his way into office like most of his predecessors.

    He has kept a few inconsequential promises but major ones like reducing foreign conflicts go unabated. He has all military and CIA goons advising him yet many refuse to see.

    Am I anti-Trump…. No,,, I am anti-corruption, anti-tyranny, and anti-police state. Law are being passed to confiscate guns. Florida just passed a law stating no one under 21 can purchase a gun,,, and that guns may be forcefully confiscated if the police deem some person a danger even though they have broke no law. Republicans are doing this, yet on this site,,, silence or the blame will be put on the Democrats.

    Its the same-o. If I voted for the derelict then the derelict can do no wrong.

    It is sad when I see a ‘pro-American’ site like this ignore tyranny because the despot happens to be ‘their man’.

    Disclaimer: I voted for no one in the previous election because I knew none were for truth justice and what used to be the American way.

    We are not Republicans,,, not Democrats, not Independents,,, we are Americans and Americans need to do what’s good for America,,, not their own self interests.

    So keep ignoring the obvious,,, When they come knocking on your door, look in a mirror for the responsible person.

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    none were for truth justice and what used to be the American way.
     
    When was that?
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  24. anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @earl
    "Today, the economy is moving along smartly. The labor force is larger than it has ever been. "

    This is just one of the, shall we say, untruths. Percentage wise there are many more non participants than before.
    The entirety of the article reeks of these untruths and just plain old BS.

    Anyone that has neural activity can see both parties are corrupt. They can see President Trump is a completely different animal than Candidate Trump. It's obvious he BS'd his way into office like most of his predecessors.

    He has kept a few inconsequential promises but major ones like reducing foreign conflicts go unabated. He has all military and CIA goons advising him yet many refuse to see.

    Am I anti-Trump.... No,,, I am anti-corruption, anti-tyranny, and anti-police state. Law are being passed to confiscate guns. Florida just passed a law stating no one under 21 can purchase a gun,,, and that guns may be forcefully confiscated if the police deem some person a danger even though they have broke no law. Republicans are doing this, yet on this site,,, silence or the blame will be put on the Democrats.

    Its the same-o. If I voted for the derelict then the derelict can do no wrong.

    It is sad when I see a 'pro-American' site like this ignore tyranny because the despot happens to be 'their man'.

    Disclaimer: I voted for no one in the previous election because I knew none were for truth justice and what used to be the American way.

    We are not Republicans,,, not Democrats, not Independents,,, we are Americans and Americans need to do what's good for America,,, not their own self interests.

    So keep ignoring the obvious,,, When they come knocking on your door, look in a mirror for the responsible person.

    none were for truth justice and what used to be the American way.

    When was that?

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    You're taking the statement too literally when it is really a matter of degrees. The US has been in serial decline in many ways for many years and gets progressively worse. Almost everything used to be better in matters that count.
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  25. MBlanc46 says:

    The Repubs very likely do more harm than good. Their demise will have some negative consequences, but it’s unlikely that there’s a way forward for nationalists until they’re out of the way.

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  26. @Jonathan Mason

    I did not vote for Mr. Trump, but after what has happened post election I feel a tremendous amount empathy for both him and his family and complete disgust for his attackers and Hillary supporters.
     
    Me too, but the fact is that no matter which party succeeds in getting their man or woman into the White House, the personal attacks and investigations begin on the day after the inauguration and continue until the day before the next inauguration.

    That is how politics is done today. I would much rather that we have discussions about policy issues like healthcare and foreign policy, income tax reform, government spending priorities, and the use of torture than about what theoretical crime or sexual misdemeanor this or that President and his minions might have committed. After all, you can't make an omelette without breaking some eggs, and you can't run a government without displeasing some people.

    “the fact is that no matter which party succeeds in getting their man or woman into the White House, the personal attacks and investigations begin on the day after the inauguration and continue until the day before the next inauguration.”

    Remember all those personal attacks that the MSM ran against Barack Obama the day after he took office? Remember all those investigation Congress ran against the Obama administration?

    Me neither.

    And had Hillary won, there would be none now either, notwithstanding that she is a living felony.

    The personal attacks and investigations go one way only.

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    Trump ran against the powers-that-be. What else could be expected?

    He ran on the support of populists. Populists have elites also, but there just isn't a strong power that's served by Trump's ideas. And he's lost some of his populist support, rightly or wrongly, due to appearing too much like a tax cut and war Republican (as opposed to a spend and war Dem).

    We're moving towards an authoritarian society that serves whoever can grasp at power, believes in nothing, a truly "secular" state. Democrats fit that niche perfectly.

    This seems to be what the "Left" is moving towards in the US, not just drug gangs fighting but fighting over money and power in general.: https://twitter.com/bbhorne/status/975407952504016896

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  27. And had Hillary won, there would be none (Congressional investigations) now either, notwithstanding that she is a living felony.

    You can’t be serious. Given the makeup of Congress, can there be any doubt that she’d have been impeached by now? There were multiple reps who pledged to introduce articles of impeachment on Inauguration day.

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    That was all bluster. The loyal opposition GOPe wouldn't have impeached.
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  28. Weaver1 says:
    @Almost Missouri

    "the fact is that no matter which party succeeds in getting their man or woman into the White House, the personal attacks and investigations begin on the day after the inauguration and continue until the day before the next inauguration."
     
    Remember all those personal attacks that the MSM ran against Barack Obama the day after he took office? Remember all those investigation Congress ran against the Obama administration?

    Me neither.

    And had Hillary won, there would be none now either, notwithstanding that she is a living felony.

    The personal attacks and investigations go one way only.

    Trump ran against the powers-that-be. What else could be expected?

    He ran on the support of populists. Populists have elites also, but there just isn’t a strong power that’s served by Trump’s ideas. And he’s lost some of his populist support, rightly or wrongly, due to appearing too much like a tax cut and war Republican (as opposed to a spend and war Dem).

    We’re moving towards an authoritarian society that serves whoever can grasp at power, believes in nothing, a truly “secular” state. Democrats fit that niche perfectly.

    This seems to be what the “Left” is moving towards in the US, not just drug gangs fighting but fighting over money and power in general.: https://twitter.com/bbhorne/status/975407952504016896

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  29. Mass migration into America is re-enforcing that trend.

    Mass migration is effectively the sole cause and motivator of that trend, not just a reinforcer. It’s not as if a whole bunch of U.S.-born Hispanics suddenly decided to have a crap ton of babies. Even among immigrant Hispanics, their fertility drops off after a couple generations here. We’re just drowning our nation in immigrants.

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  30. @Elf Himself

    And had Hillary won, there would be none (Congressional investigations) now either, notwithstanding that she is a living felony.
     
    You can't be serious. Given the makeup of Congress, can there be any doubt that she'd have been impeached by now? There were multiple reps who pledged to introduce articles of impeachment on Inauguration day.

    That was all bluster. The loyal opposition GOPe wouldn’t have impeached.

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  31. @anonymous

    none were for truth justice and what used to be the American way.
     
    When was that?

    You’re taking the statement too literally when it is really a matter of degrees. The US has been in serial decline in many ways for many years and gets progressively worse. Almost everything used to be better in matters that count.

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  32. Art says:

    The comparison should be to Nixon – not 1930’s.

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  33. Another way to look at Republican future prospects. . .

    There are plenty of Trump supporters who are quite disappointed in him; you can find them all over this site, both columnists and commenters. Not many of them will vote Democrat next time around, but not a few will sit on their hands.

    On the other side, is there anyone–anyone–who voted against Trump but now thinks he’s pretty good after all, and would vote to re-elect him? A sighting of Yeti or the Loch Ness Monster is more likely.

    Combine this with the fact that Trump did lose the popular vote. Sure, some of that margin was due to voter fraud, but all? I doubt it.

    Oh well, I’ll be over 70 when Oprah is elected. Maybe I don’t have too many more years left.

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