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Trump is evidence of the GOP Faction Fight we've all been expecting since 2004.  The Establishment and Corporate Wings of the party lined-up behind JEB!, expecting a march to his nomination like McCain and Romney in 2008 and 2012.  What they didn't anticipate, nobody anticipated, is a grassroots revolt, united behind one candidate, with enough numbers to push him through.  Further, nobody anticipated the collapse of the Fundie-Con wing of the party as evidence by the futility of Ted Cruz who ran his campaign directed at and to that faction.  The "libertarian" wing of the party never made it to Iowa.  

The faction that won seems to be a nebulous amalgamation of Right Wing bigots, populists, authoritarians, and ignorants ... call them proto-fascists ... united by ressentiments of various sorts: cultural and economic, real and imaginary.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Wed May 11th, 2016 at 11:08:41 AM EST
What I find truly remarkable is that to date the Trump insurgency has been largely directed against the Republican Establishment, and not against what the Republican Establishment thought was their common and unifying enemy - the Obama coalition.

Many of the "policy" positions he has taken - opposition to the Iraq war, to free trade deals - and his indifference to some of the cultural war issues so beloved of religious conservatives will find more resonance in the Sanders wing of the Dem party than amongst Republicans in the past.

Even though Hillary is vulnerable on some of these issues, its hard to see Sanders voters crossing over to Trump. He thus has an amazingly unifying effect on all non Trump voters, almost regardless of party affiliation.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed May 11th, 2016 at 11:43:33 AM EST
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In an ideal world, Trump's current unfavourable rating will result in such a crushing defeat that (1) all GOP factions will lose confidence in their tactics and strategies, (2) Trump voters will lose their belief that they represent "real" America; resulting in even more internal turmoil. But, as Colman wrote, if he doesn't fail miserably, worse may come (someone who is to Trump like Trump is to Dubya).

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One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed May 11th, 2016 at 12:08:48 PM EST
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I've been saying to anyone that will listen Trump is a buffoon and we don't really have to worry about him.  What we do have to worry about is the guy we haven't heard of, who isn't a buffoon, but who is seeing at what Trump is doing and its success.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Wed May 11th, 2016 at 12:25:41 PM EST
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