The Myth of the Reagan Democrat

I am an old fart so I can remember the 1980 election when it was Carter versus Reagan……I also can recall some of the dirty tricks and some of the media slogans that accompanied the election……it was a vote for either a true statesman and a movie star hardliner that worked closely with HUAC to “uncover” Commies in Hollywood….

But the election was about Carter….all the events that took place under his guidance of the country…..the hostage thing was the most pronounced….but there were economics involved and of course the ever present energy crisis….back in those days the media had to explain the popularity of Reagan and his eventual win and in doing so they came up with the term “Reagan Democrats”…..

The easiest definition of a Reagan Democrat…….A media term referring to blue collar voters who are thought to vote for Democratic presidential candidates but who actually vote for Republicans due to their conservative social views.

The problem is that the media has never let the term die a natural death…..every election they attempt to resurrect the term to explain a candidates popularity…..but is the situation as simple as the MSM wants it to be?

Of course it is not as simple as the media would like it to be….and in most cases there is NO validity to the claim…….

Reagan Democrats originally described blue collar white men who left their traditional allegiance to the Democratic Party to back Reagan over Democrat Jimmy Carter in the 1980 election. The phenomenon was vastly overstated from the start, as many blue collar Democrats began voting Republican in presidential elections in 1968 when they backed Richard Nixon. These so-called Reagan Democrats supported Nixon again in 1972, and were Democrats in registration only by the time of Reagan’s 1980 election.

Source: The Myth of the Reagan Democrat – LA Progressive

Blue Dog Democrats were these same voters but since they voted for Bill Clinton a new term had to be found….it was Dems voting for Dems……and then in 2010 the Blue Dogs lost their butts in the mid-term and the media needed to find a way to explain it…..so re-enter the term “Reagan Democrats”……

The term is still in use today by the pundits in the MSM……

It is as silly now as it was in 1980……

Next time you are listening to the media analyze the vote….listen closely and you will find the “Reagan Democrats” are back……

Here’s another thought to keep in your mind……

Clinton’s the only candidate left who holds faith with the platform that’s guided the U.S. since WWII: classic liberal interventionism, more familiar as the globocop policy that fueled both Bush presidencies.

Source: Hillary Clinton Trumps the Republicans on Foreign Policy – Haaretz – Israeli News Source Haaretz.com

It seems that Clinton is the only Republican left in the election race of 2016……

Please, Make Her Go!

I have never been a fan of Wasserman Schultz……from her beginning as the lead of the DNC I have said her whole function was a surrogate for Hillary…..and she has let Dems get beaten in election after election…..I have wanted her gone for a long time……she focused on the general election way to hard and let all state races go to the GOP almost unopposed…..

She has been a surrogate for Clinton for a long time….Just listen to her talk……..Dems will be better off without her “leadership”……and far more successful……

Finally, there seems to be those Dems that see it as I do…..the light bulb finally went on…….about damn time!

Source: Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Challenger Has a Chance | New Republic

We can only hope that the rational wing of the Dems will win out……

Are You Voting In 2016?

If you are voting then do you know where your chosen candidate stands on the issues of the day?

This press has all the candidates and their stands on the issues….both GOP and Democratic…..don’t get your drawers in a twist…they are listed alphabetically….no pretense of listing by popularity or party affiliation….

If you are interested then pick your candidate and see if they truly represent your views on the issues….

The definitive guide of the 2016 presidential candidates’ positions on important issues.

Source: Where The 2016 Candidates Stand | National Journal

I will re-blog this in the days before the primaries so that my readers can do another comparison of the candidates…..

The Debate and the Myth of the Antiwar Democrat

Do you remember the election of 2008?  How about that young upstart Obama?  If you can recall he was billed as the anti-war candidate…..he used that to his advantage and it worked well for him…..he was elected and after that there is nothing in his policies that would point to him being anti-war…….

Now we are looking at another election and a possible anti-war Democrat……..sorry people that creature is a myth.  If you are part of one of the two parties you are pro-war….no matter how many times you deny it….

But there is more on this myth…….

Source: The Debate and the Myth of the Antiwar Democrat by — Antiwar.com

IS MSM Grasping At Straws?

2016 and the election has its cast of characters…..the GOP especially has one a/hole after another….the Dems not so much.

The media has been all over Trump, who is another story……… but has been pretty much set with its fave, Clinton…….

But the MSM needs the controversy to make the news more “lively”……Trump does it on the one hand but the Dems is another…..I mean we have a scandal to be, e-mails, and the straight issue politician in Bernie….like I said not enough controversy for their liking……

What could make the Dems more ‘fun’ to report?  There is the hint that Biden may decide to run but it is just not catching fire in the public……what can they do to jazz up the Dems side of the coin?

Then while I was lamenting about this lack of stuff to “jazz” up the Dems for 2016…..BAM!  Woot dare it is!

report that set the internet ablaze first appeared on BuzzFeed. The story suggested some conversations were already in process with Al about the possibility.

“Supporters of Al Gore have begun a round of conversations among themselves and with the former vice president about his running for president in 2016, the latest sign that top Democrats have serious doubts that Hillary Clinton is a sure thing.”

The story also quoted an anonymous “senior Democrat” source about a potential run, affirming the possibility of a Gore run.

“They’re getting the old gang together. They’re figuring out if there’s a path financially and politically. It feels more real than it has in the past months.”

There you have the newest non-story for the media to fixate upon for the near future…..this is just a made up story for the media and its need to drive the story……it is silly!  And a bit pathetic!

Congressional Democrats Introduce an Ambitious New Bill to Restore the Voting Rights Act | The Nation

I apologize for the number of press articles….I am re-doing my War Room, as my daughter has called the den, and it is more daunting than I had anticipated…..I promise to be back soon with more original stuff……please bear with me……

After the landslide win the GOP had in 2010 they set about trying to re-write the act of voting….and for the most part have been very successful…….they hid the attack on voting rights under the guise of Voter IDs and went in through the back door once they got that approval from an uneducated electorate…….

And then SCOTUS help the GOP with iots gutting of the Voting Rights Act of 2 years ago……

Noe the Dems have found a backbone and is trying to overturn what the Court has done……

But will they be successful?  thoughts?

 

Congressional Democrats Introduce an Ambitious New Bill to Restore the Voting Rights Act | The Nation.

Dear Democrats: Populism Will Not Save You. – NationalJournal.com

The media has been pushing the term “Populism” for almost a year……both the GOP and the Dems have their own brands of populism……and 2016 may be the populists movement election……or maybe not……..

I have watched the Dems go from the Clinton centric BS to one of class issues……but is it a winning strategy for 2016?

In my mind I think NOT!  Why?  When the campaigns gear up for the final push to the vote the propaganda boyz and girlz will go all out to make any topic like inequality as some sort of plot from days past….

Of course situations can change by election day and all bets will be off……but for now I do not think the Dems have a winning strategy as of yet……(Believe me I do hope I am wrong on this)…….

 

Dear Democrats: Populism Will Not Save You. – NationalJournal.com.