Friday, August 24, 2012


Kevin Drum on the Republicans: "Mostly they've been busily passing photo ID laws, immigration restrictions, and an enormous raft of new abortion hurdles. Actions speak louder than words, and over the past 18 months the new wave of tea-party Republicans has very clearly shown us what they really care about."

This makes perfect sense. The Republican base is white men of European descent. They do relatively poorly with nonwhites and women. (How poorly can be seen by a recent poll of African Americans: 94% were for Obama, 6% were undecided and 0% were for Romney.) So the Republicans need to find a way to weaken the political power of minorities and women. And that's what they are doing.

Some of their base may find it works against them over time. Emma Goldman said lack of birth control trapped working men. With six kids to feed, they were afraid to join a union and go out on strike.

But the Republican base is anti-union, so I guess they won't mind having lousy jobs and no power -- though they will have power over their wives and daughters, and they will be doing better than nonwhites, no matter how badly they are doing.


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