Skip to comments.A Half Century of Amnesia (Free Republic cited)
Posted on 08/02/2018 4:41:57 AM PDT by Travis McGee
Back during the protracted recount following the 2000 Bush-Gore election, I offered a subversive bit of advice in a VDARE article entitled: GOP Future Depends on Winning Larger Share of the White Vote.
Bushs boy-genius strategist Karl Rove had achieved acclaim by declaring that the only hope for the Republican Party to cope with changing demographics was in enticing Hispanic voters by encouraging even more immigration. Sure, the GOP would lose on each immigrant vote cast, but would make up for it on volume. Or something.
Yet I pointed out that Bush could have won in an Electoral College landslide merely by upping his share of the white vote from 54 percent to 57 percent.
I further noted that the most obvious source of additional white votes were white union familiesReagan Democratsin states Bush had lost narrowly, such as Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. And one way to appeal to blue-collar whites in the crucial north-central swing states was to be more skeptical of immigration.
Although this turned out to be more or less the winning strategy for Donald Trump sixteen years later, my article was immediately banned from discussion at the mainstream GOP website Free Republic as divisive and promoting racism. Although a vote cast by a white was still counted, technically speaking, as equal to a vote cast by a nonwhite, as far back as 2000 it was considered by Establishment Republicans to be morally repulsive to appeal to the self-interest of those most likely to swing Republican. What would the Democrats say?
(The rest at the Takimag link.)
Exqueeze me?! Mainstream GOP?!
Ok, fess up, who put the pods in our cellar?!
“What would the Democrats say?”
And now we have a President who not only doesn’t give a crap what they say, he turns it right back on them and doubles down.
Ane the economy booms, and we no longer bow to the world, they scramble to get back in our good graces.
LONG past time for Ryan and McConnel and the other Bush acolytes to leave the stage.
Yeah me too brother.
I also remember when our beloved navy didnt have warships colliding with huge ass...slow freighters either.
Oh, yes, so do I remember those days at FreeRepublic. Seems the only sanity in each day during those 34 days of not knowing for sure who would be President.
And yes, your statement was predictive.
Uh, perhaps you were smarter than Karl Rove!!
OUCH. That'll leave a mark.
As do I. We call them the good ol’ days now. That’s when thoughtful, reasoned debate seemed to be more the rule of the day and not the exception it is now.
ROFL! Yeah, there was nothing "mainstream" about FR back then and I liked it that way!!
In the time he refers to, folks were banned from FR for posting articles about the “Minuteman” border protection movement.
Yeah, right. When open-border trolls had some of us banned for (horrors) posting articles on the Minutemen at the border.
Those trolls are gone, we are back.
VDARE still remains as a banned site on FR. Should that be revisited?
I don’t ever remember a time when it was easy to get banned from free republic. The most difficult times I remember were the Rudi Guiliani campaign and this past Trump campaign. In those FR decided not to support Giuliani and to support Trump. Those were announced and fair notice given, and that was for election solidarity reasons.
I never recall FR being mainstream GOP, but the Bush/Rather falsified documents and the Sore Loserman meme certainly had us sided with GW. I was. I’m saddened by what has since transpired with him.
Still doesn’t make FR GOP mainstream. IOW, unipary. At least, not to my mind. :-)
He mentions FreeRepublic but doesn’t give any solid reference point to an article or thread.
I’m not saying it’s false but his work is incomplete. Doesn’t mention any Freepers at all.
I was much later to the party, but I did note 4 years ago, after the 2014 elections, that the Republicans swept the South, winning every statewide race by 20 points, including against the Abortion Barbie. What gave us the 20 points? It certainly wasn’t the black vote, despite their large numbers and percentages. It was whites voting between 76 and 89 Republican in the Southern states, because they were so sick of Obama. It was also Hispanics voting 40% Republican, DESPITE no attempt at pandering to them (in fact, just the opposite here in Texas that year).
Apply those numbers to states, like the Upper Midwest, which are still mostly white, and you have an election lock, as Trump showed.
Then comes 2016 and Trump. There was a guy, and I never got his name, a Republican ‘strategist’ with access to big money, who told all the candidates (prior to Trump announcing), that NOT A DIME of the big money would come their way if they made immigration an issue - I guess because it was ‘divisive’?!?
So the country’s MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE was off-limits to the Republicans...that’s what our party had degenerated to.
...and then Trump came.
VDare will likely remain banned because the Civic Nationalist/cuck sentiment is majority thinking here, IMO.
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