MoJo Blogs and Articles | Mother Jones Mother Jones logo en Bill Clinton's Epic Closing Argument for Choosing Hillary <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p>In a 45-minute speech that closed out the second night of the Democratic National Convention, former president Bill Clinton recounted Hillary Clinton's long record of public service to make a case for why voters should cast their vote for the former Secretary of State.</p> <p>Beginning with the story of how they first met in 1971, Clinton painted a painstakingly personal portrait of the Democratic nominee. He portrayed his wife as someone who was confident, continuously committed to social justice, and so focused on her career that she rejected his marriage proposal three times.</p> <p>"Hillary opened my eyes," he said to the cheering crowd in Philadelphia, "to a whole new world of public service by a private citizen."</p> <p>The former president highlighted Hillary Clinton's numerous achievements as a New York senator and as President Barack Obama's secretary of state, focusing on her ability to listen, build change "from the bottom up," and not quit.</p> <p>He only briefly alluded to the Republican party, saying that Hillary Clinton's opponents have described her in superficial terms.</p> <p>"If you win elections on the theory that government is always bad and will mess up a two-car parade, a real change-maker represents a real threat," Bill Clinton said. "Your only option is to create a cartoon alternative then run against the cartoons. Cartoons are two-dimensional and are easy to absorb. Real life is complex and hard to absorb," he said.</p> <p>The real Hillary, said Bill Clinton, was the one who "had done more positive change-making before she was 30 than most public officials do in their time in office."</p> <p>"Good for you, because today you nominated the real one," Bill Clinton added amid cheers.</p> <p>"Hillary will make us stronger together, you know it because she spent a lifetime doing it. I hope you'll do it, I hope you'll elect her," Clinton said at the close of his speech. "The reason that you should elect her is that in this greatest country on earth, we have always been about tomorrow, and your children and grandchildren will bless you forever if you do."</p> <p>Watch the full speech below.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><em>This article has been updated.</em></p></body></html> Politics 2016 Elections Wed, 27 Jul 2016 03:57:32 +0000 Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn 310161 at Dozens of Sanders Backers Walk Out After Clinton's Nomination <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p>Dozens of Bernie Sanders delegates and supporters walked out of the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night after the party nominated Hillary Clinton for president by acclimation. The delegates streamed out of the Wells Fargo Arena chanting, "We are the 99 percent!" and some moved their protest to the media center across the street before police officers said the tent had reached its capacity. But the protesting delegates comprised a small fraction of the Sanders supporters in the arena, and they diverged both on the reasons for the walkout and how long it might last.</p> <p>"I can say that I sincerely disagree with the actions that he took," said&nbsp;California delegate Ryan Lopez. "He told us that this was a political revolution. And we are now carrying forward with the revolution." Lopez, a University of Southern California student, cited "problems" with the state's June 7 primary in arguing that Clinton should not be the nominee, and made his decision to walk out after he and his allies had failed to persuade superdelegates to switch their votes to Sanders.</p> <p>Trey Villanueva, a delegate from Washington state, was streaming the proceedings on his iPhone as we spoke outside the media tent. His decision to walk out was the culmination of a multitude of mounting frustrations with the "rigged" nominating system. "I'm gonna take it like I see it," he said, when asked if he intended to return to the convention hall on Wednesday. "Hopefully I'm gonna have a beer at some point. Maybe a Scotch&mdash;that'd be good."</p> <p>Still, he didn't hold Sanders' cooperation on the roll-call vote against him, and he left the door open to supporting Clinton. "He's got to do what he's got to do," Villanueva said. "I understand and I respect him. Same with Elizabeth Warren, and I respect her. They've got a job to do in the Senate&mdash;we can't stand to lose our advocates."</p> <p>Standing with his arms outstretched&mdash;"Stolen" and "Rigged" written on each arm&mdash;Matthew Rock, an Oregon delegate, explained that his walkout was only temporary. "We intend to go back in and support Black Lives Matter," he said, referring to the <a href="" target="_blank">convention speeches</a> by women whose children had died from gun violence or police custody. While some of his fellow delegates had walked out spontaneously, Rock had been planning a walkout since the early morning, "after yesterday's Hillibuster."</p> <p>"We were bullied, we were suppressed, we were asked to keep our signs down," Rock said, outlining his list of grievances with the convention process. "This happened again today. Oregon delegates with their homemade Bernie signs were told that we don't allow them to have signs, and yet the volunteers&mdash;100 percent Hillary supporters, by the way&mdash;are handing out homemade signs that the Hillary Oregon delegation had never seen. So yesterday we had discussions on what to do in the eventuality that this happened."</p> <p>But after the tense opening day of the convention, where Sanders supporters booed Clinton's name vociferously on the convention floor and in an afternoon meeting with the senator himself, the story on Tuesday was less about the delegates who left than about how many stayed behind. After Sanders moved for the roll-call vote to be done by acclamation, handing the nomination to Clinton without a formal count, the floor erupted in a sustained applause with hardly a dissent to be heard.</p></body></html> Politics 2016 Elections Wed, 27 Jul 2016 01:14:26 +0000 Tim Murphy 310151 at Does Russian Money Keep Donald Trump Afloat? <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p><a href="" target="_blank">The president speaks:</a></p> <blockquote> <p>Obama said Russian President Vladimir Putin might prefer Republican nominee Donald Trump over his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, because the business magnate has &ldquo;repeatedly expressed admiration&rdquo; for the Russian leader in the past.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am basing this on what Mr. Trump himself has said,&rdquo; the president said. &ldquo;And I think that &mdash; Trump's gotten pretty favorable coverage &mdash; back in Russia.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>The president&rsquo;s comments add considerable heft to mounting evidence that Russian hackers were behind the DNC hack. Obama said that the FBI is still investigating the origin of the hack, but he acknowledged that &ldquo;experts have attributed this to the Russians.&rdquo;</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>It's one thing when a campaign manager or some campaign surrogates say that Vladimir Putin is working to help elect Trump. It's quite another when the president says it. That automatically makes it news. And Trump himself is making things worse. <a href="" target="_blank">Asked by <em>Newsweek</em>,</a> "Do you, or any of your business units have outstanding loans with Russian banks or individuals?&rdquo; his spox said "Mr. Trump does not have any business dealings in/with Russia." Then Trump tweeted this:</p> <blockquote> <blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">For the record, I have ZERO investments in Russia.</p> &mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="">July 26, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script></blockquote> </blockquote> <p>The evasiveness of this answer is pretty obvious. Nobody cares all that much if Trump has business in Russia, they care whether Russian money funds his business here&mdash;which might explain why he's so friendly to Russian interests. He has very carefully avoided answering that question. That's a bad sign since he would normally just lie about it. He must know that evidence of his reliance on Russian money is out there.</p> <p>Trump's tax returns would tell us the answer, of course, but Trump has declined to release them, unlike every other presidential candidate of the past few decades. Maybe now we know why.</p></body></html> Kevin Drum Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:06:30 +0000 Kevin Drum 310156 at The DNC Will Address the War on Women With a Speech by Planned Parenthood's President <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p>Last night at the Democratic National Convention, Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards sat next to former President Bill Clinton as one speaker after another called for equal pay, family leave, and affordable child care, and acknowledged the historic nature of Hillary Clinton being nominated&nbsp;as the first female candidate for president of the United States. Tonight, Richards, the head of the $1.3 billion women's health organization with more than 700 affiliated health centers <a href="" target="_blank">around the country</a>, will likely touch on the numerous efforts at the state and federal levels to kneecap Planned Parenthood&mdash;and reproductive health care more broadly.</p> <p>"The last few years have been brutal for those of us who believe that women should be able to make their own health care decisions," wrote Richards in an op-ed published in <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Time</em></a> today in which she praised Sen. Tim Kaine, Clinton's running mate, as an "incredible ally" for women's health. "As elected officials learn that women across the nation can't get the sexual and reproductive health care they need because of legislative barriers, we have seen them evolve. Senator Kaine is one of those leaders."</p> <p>This is not Richards' first time speaking at a Democratic convention. She also appeared in<a href="" target="_blank"> 2012</a>, when she spoke about Republican efforts to roll back women's health programs, focusing specifically on their efforts to slash funding for birth control. In the last four years things have gotten worse: Anti-abortion politics and attacks on providers have increased, thanks to a Republican-controlled Congress, activists in statehouses, and a slew of sting videos released last summer that targeted Planned Parenthood.</p> <p>Here's a primer on some of the biggest challenges faced by Planned Parenthood and other women's health organizations in the run-up to this election:</p> <p><strong>Doctored videos: </strong>Last July, anti-abortion activist David Daleiden and his nonprofit the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) <a href="">released a series</a> of<a href="" target="_blank"> secretly recorded and deceptively edited videos </a>purporting to show that Planned Parenthood is making a profit off its fetal tissue donation program&mdash;a practice that is illegal. The videos have since been discredited, with reports showing that they were deceptively edited, but nonetheless the tapes set off a nationwide offensive against Planned Parenthood, including efforts in Congress and in multiple states to defund the organization by prohibiting the use of government-funded Medicaid by low-income patients. The videos also led to 12 state-level and 4 congressional investigations of Planned Parenthood, time-consuming and costly efforts that have all since found no evidence of fetal tissue profits by the organization.</p> <p><strong>Clinic violence</strong>: Last November, 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear allegedly entered a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs and began shooting with an assault-style rifle. He <a href="" target="_blank">killed three people and wounded nine</a>. After being taken into custody by law enforcement, Dear said, "No more baby parts," and when he was in court he <a href="" target="_blank">shouted</a>,&nbsp; "I am a warrior for the babies." Dear also had a history of expressing anti-abortion sentiment, including an episode where he put glue in the locks of a Charleston, South Carolina, Planned Parenthood clinic.</p> <p><strong>Regulating access to abortion in states:</strong></p> <ul><li>In April, the Oklahoma Legislature passed <a href="" target="_blank">a bill </a>that would make providing most abortions a felony punishable by a minimum of one year in prison. The measure, which likely would have led to a costly court battle over its constitutionality, was seen by many as an effort to challenge <em>Roe v. Wade </em>and subsequently abortion access around the country. But Gov. Mary Fallin&mdash;a staunch anti-abortion advocate who was rumored to be on Trump's early vice presidential short list&mdash;vetoed the legislation, <a href="" target="_blank">saying</a> she didn't believe it was the right way to defeat legalized abortion in America. "While I consistently have and continue to support a re-examination of the United States Supreme Court's decision in <em>Roe v. Wade</em>, this legislation cannot accomplish that re-examination."</li> <li>In May, Alabama passed a law to regulate abortion clinics <a href="" target="_blank">like sex offenders</a> by prohibiting clinics from operating within 2,000 feet of an elementary or middle school.</li> <li>In March, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence&mdash;the current GOP vice presidential nominee&mdash;<a href="" target="_blank">signed a bill</a> into law that policed women's reasons for choosing abortion and the ways in which clinics could dispose of fetal remains. This made Indiana only the second state to prohibit women from choosing an abortion because of fetal anomaly, and the third state to pass a law requiring that fetal remains have <a href="" target="_blank">what amounts to a funeral</a>: They must be interred or cremated by the clinic.</li> </ul><p><strong>Attempts to restrict access to contraception</strong>:</p> <ul><li>A group of religious pharmacists <a href="" target="_blank">sued the state</a> of Washington for the right to refuse to stock contraception. In June, the Supreme Court refused to take their case for review, leaving intact a Washington law requiring pharmacists to stock and sell emergency contraception.</li> <li>In 2015, a group of religious organizations, including the Little Sisters of the Poor, took their case to the Supreme Court, challenging the contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act. The groups argued that the law's requirement that they alert the government of their religious objections to providing contraceptive coverage to employees violated their religious beliefs. In May, the high court <a href="" target="_blank">punted on the cas</a>e, sending it back down to the lower courts for further negotiation and not weighing in on the contraception coverage opt-out process.</li> </ul><p><strong>Criminalizing pregnancy and self-induced abortions: </strong></p> <ul><li> <p>In December, Anna Yocca of Tennessee was arrested on first-degree murder charges after attempting to induce a miscarriage with a coat hanger. In February, her charge was reduced to aggravated assault. As of March, Yocca remained in jail awaiting review by a grand jury.</p> </li> <li> <p>In some states including Alabama, <a href="" target="_blank">chemical-endangerment laws</a> intended to target DIY meth labs have been used to criminalize drug use by pregnant women.</p> </li> </ul></body></html> Politics Reproductive Rights Tue, 26 Jul 2016 23:11:15 +0000 Hannah Levintova 310121 at The Moment Hillary Clinton Became the First Female Presidential Nominee in History <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p>Hillary Clinton made history Tuesday night in Philadelphia when Democrats officially nominated her as their nominee for president, becoming the first woman from either party to achieve <a href="" target="_blank">that long-held dream</a>. The moment became real as South Dakota delegates announced their votes during the Democratic National Convention roll call&mdash;allowing Clinton to surpass the 2,382 delegates needed to clinch the nomination.</p> <p>When it was Vermont&rsquo;s turn, Clinton's <a href="" target="_blank">rival from the primary race, Sen. Bernie Sanders</a>, nominated the former secretary of state. Watch the video:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Politics 2016 Elections Hillary Clinton Top Stories Tue, 26 Jul 2016 23:02:43 +0000 James West 310146 at Bernie Sanders Chokes Up as His Brother Tells Convention Their Parents Would Have Been Proud <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p>One of the most touching moments of the Democratic National Convention came during Tuesday's roll call of the states, when Larry Sanders cast his vote for his brother, Bernie, saying their parents would be proud of their son's campaign. Eli Sanders, a Polish Jewish immigrant, and Dorothy Glassberg Sanders both died when the brothers were young. As Larry spoke, Bernie Sanders could be seen choking back tears in the seats above.</p> <p>Watch:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">DNC roll call underway; <a href="">@BernieSanders</a> tears up as his brother says his parents would be proud of his campaign <a href=""></a></p> &mdash; CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) <a href="">July 26, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script></body></html> Politics 2016 Elections Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:19:18 +0000 Tim Murphy 310136 at We Asked Hillary Delegates: "Will Bernie's Speech Finally Bring Democrats Together?" <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>On Monday, Bernie Sanders supporters protested the nomination of Hillary Clinton&mdash;both inside Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Arena <a href="" target="_blank">and during a series of rallies</a> on the streets. I even met some Sanders' die-hards, angry and disillusioned, who said they'd <a href="" target="_blank">rather vote for Donald Trump than have Clinton in the White House</a>.</p> <p>In his prime-time speech on Monday night, Sanders himself threw his weight behind Clinton in a forceful speech endorsing the presumptive nominee. "Any objective observer will conclude that&mdash;based on her ideas and her leadership&mdash;Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States," Sanders said, though some of his supporters were less convinced: Some heckled, and some booed.</p> <p>Today, I wanted to flip the microphone and ask Clinton delegates on the floor of the convention hall: Did Bernie do enough to promote unity?</p> <p>"I think it should have done enough to allay some fears," said Florida delegate Joanne Goodwin, 68, who has been fighting for Clinton since 2008. "It is now not about Bernie or Hillary; it is about making sure we have a Democrat in the White House."</p> <p>Still, some Clinton supporters said they wished Sanders had taken steps earlier to unify the party. "It should have happened a month ago," said Teege Mettille, a Clinton delegate from Wisconsin. Mettille also argued that Sanders supporters shouldn't be airing their complaints inside the convention hall. "They should not be protesting on the floor," he said. "I think that is inappropriate."</p></body></html> Politics Video 2016 Elections Elections Hillary Clinton bernie sanders Tue, 26 Jul 2016 21:23:50 +0000 James West 310131 at Tuesday's Democratic Convention Lineup Could Be a Source of More Tension <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p>Bill Clinton's anticipated speech Tuesday night introducing his wife as the Democratic presidential nominee could become a source of tension because of who will be speaking before him: a group of mothers who lost children to police violence in an epidemic that some activists say Clinton's administration helped create with its tough-on-crime policies.</p> <p>Tuesday's session of the Democratic National Convention will feature an appearance from the <a href="" target="_blank">"Mothers of the Movement."</a> These women include the mothers of black men and women who died in now-infamous cases of police violence&mdash;including Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Sandra Bland&mdash;as well as a few who lost loved ones to gun violence. The women have become <a href="" target="_blank">featured surrogates</a> for the Hillary Clinton campaign in recent months, appearing with her at events and in campaign ads to discuss gun violence and the excessive use of force by law enforcement. Before appearing onstage on Tuesday, the women will be featured in a Clinton campaign video that will be shown at the convention.</p> <p>The evening, which will focus on the theme of children and families, will also feature a speech from Bill Clinton, who has engaged in <a href="" target="_blank">heated interactions</a> with Black Lives Matter activists critical of the tough-on-crime policies that led to rapid prison growth, lengthened prison sentences, and intensified the war on drugs <a href="" target="_blank">during his presidency</a>. Hillary Clinton's words of support for many of those policies, particularly her controversial "<a href="" target="_blank">superpredators</a>" comment, has landed her in hot water with activists who argue that she had a hand in creating the problems affecting communities of color today. The potential for tension between these speeches, and the philosophies behind them, could undermine Democrats' efforts to achieve greater unity on Tuesday after a contentious start to the convention.</p> <p>Tuesday night is expected to present a significant contrast with last week's Republican convention, where a number of speakers, particularly Milwaukee sheriff and <a href="" target="_blank">frequent Black Lives Matter</a> critic David Clarke, had <a href="" target="_blank">harsh words</a> for racial justice activists. As he accepted the Republican nomination last Thursday, Donald Trump called for the restoration of a tough-on-crime approach to law enforcement, <a href="" target="_blank">saying</a> that "decades of progress made in bringing down crime are now being reversed," a claim that seemed to misconstrue a steady decline in crime rates nationwide.</p> <p>In a Tuesday morning <a href="" target="_blank">interview</a> with <em>Good Morning America</em>, the Mothers of the Movement said that they want to use their appearance at the DNC to address tensions over matters of race and policing that have intensified after the recent deaths of Philando Castile in Minneapolis and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge during encounters with police officers, and the killing of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge in recent weeks. The women said<strong> </strong>they hope to use their stories to show how improvements in policing and a reduction in gun violence will be beneficial to both communities of color and the officers who serve them.</p> <p>Last week, the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police slammed the DNC for failing to give the families of recently slain officers speaking time at the convention. "The Fraternal Order of Police is insulted and will not soon forget that the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton are excluding the widows, and other family members of Police Officers killed in the line of duty who were victims of explicit, and not implied racism, and 'being on duty in blue,'" union president John McNesby <a href="" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>. "It is sad that to win an election Mrs. Clinton must pander to the interests of people who do not know all the facts."</p> <p>The union later <a href="" target="_blank">clarified</a> that it was not upset at the speaking time given to the mothers but believed that those watching the convention "need to hear the impact of all and everyone that's been victimized by crime."</p> <p>In response to the criticism, the Clinton campaign noted that law enforcement officers will speak at the convention. Joe Sweeney, a 9/11 first responder and former detective with the New York Police Department, will address the convention on Tuesday. Charles Ramsey, the former commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department, will speak Wednesday.</p></body></html> Politics 2016 Elections Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:47:55 +0000 P.R. Lockhart 310091 at Don't Expect Bill Clinton to Follow the Script Tonight <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p>Former President Bill Clinton will address the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night, and if history is any indication, expect him to go off script. Like, a lot. Four years ago, the aspiring first man ad-libbed much of his speech endorsing President Barack Obama, forcing the teleprompter to freeze for minutes at a time as he skillfully walked the audience through Obama's economic agenda. Clinton's real-time edits, <a href="" target="_blank">viewed alongside the original text</a>, displayed a keen editorial sense of what works and what doesn't.</p> <p>But Clinton is also a hands-on editor when it comes to drafting his remarks too. Old presidential records at the Clinton Library offer a behind-the-scenes look at how Clinton (and his speechwriters) composed major addresses during his administration, scribbling in the margins in ballpoint pen and often rewriting long passages by hand. Incidentally, one of the best examples in the collection is a convention speech&mdash;from the 1996 convention in Chicago. That's the one Clinton delivered the famous line "I still believe in a place called America."</p> <p>You can read his full markup starting below:</p> <div class="DC-note-container" id="DC-note-310273">&nbsp;</div> <script src="//"></script><script> dc.embed.loadNote('//'); </script><noscript> <a href="">View note</a> </noscript> <p>The meat of the speech, full of policy details&mdash;including a defense of his welfare reform law&mdash;received a lighter editing touch. But Clinton zeroed in on the opening, offering a blizzard of tweaks:</p> <div class="DC-note-container" id="DC-note-310279">&nbsp;</div> <script src="//"></script><script> dc.embed.loadNote('//'); </script><noscript> <a href="">View note</a> </noscript> <p>And continued with a series of rewrites on the second page:</p> <div class="DC-note-container" id="DC-note-310280">&nbsp;</div> <script src="//"></script><script> dc.embed.loadNote('//'); </script><noscript> <a href="">View note</a> </noscript></body></html> Politics 2016 Elections Top Stories Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:37:20 +0000 Tim Murphy 310106 at Democrats and Republicans Have Mirror Image Race Problems <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p>On Sunday, Chuck Todd asked Donald Trump about former KKK grand wizard and famous white nationalist David Duke:</p> <blockquote> <blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-cards="hidden" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Would Trump support a Dem over David Duke? "Depending on who the Democrat is, but the answer would be yes." <a href="">#MTP</a><a href=""></a></p> &mdash; Meet the Press (@meetthepress) <a href="">July 24, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script></blockquote> </blockquote> <p>"Depending on who the Democrat is" doesn't seem like a very strong repudiation of Duke, does it? Apparently Trump is still playing footsie with the racists. On Tuesday, <em>New York Times</em> reporter Maggie Haberman asked about Trump's reply to Todd:</p> <blockquote> <blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-cards="hidden" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Trump team warns me that if I continue to "waste our time" on Duke q's, they will allocate "resources" elsewhere <a href=""></a></p> &mdash; Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) <a href="">July 26, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script></blockquote> </blockquote> <p><a href="" target="_blank">And here is longtime Republican policy wonk Avik Roy:</a></p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;Conservative intellectuals, and conservative politicians, have been in kind of a bubble,&rdquo; Roy says. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve had this view that the voters were with us on conservatism &mdash; philosophical, economic conservatism. <strong>In reality, the gravitational center of the Republican Party is white nationalism.</strong>&rdquo;</p> <p>....He expands on this idea: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a common observation on the left, but it&rsquo;s an observation that a lot of us on the right genuinely believed wasn&rsquo;t true &mdash; which is that <strong>conservatism has become, and has been for some time, much more about white identity politics than it has been about conservative political philosophy.</strong> I think today, even now, a lot of conservatives have not come to terms with that problem.&rdquo;</p> <p>Trump&rsquo;s politics of aggrieved white nationalism &mdash; labeling black people criminals, Latinos rapists, and Muslims terrorists &mdash; succeeded because the party&rsquo;s voting base was made up of the people who once opposed civil rights. &ldquo;[Trump] tapped into something that was latent in the Republican Party and conservative movement &mdash; but a lot of people in the conservative movement didn&rsquo;t notice,&rdquo; Roy concludes, glumly.</p> </blockquote> <p>The problem for Republicans is simple to describe: it's not that their leaders are racist, but that they've long <em>tolerated</em> racism in their ranks. They know this perfectly well, and they know that they have to broaden their appeal beyond just whites. But they're stuck. If they do that&mdash;say, by supporting comprehensive immigration reform or easing up on opposition to affirmative action&mdash;their white base goes ballistic. In the end, they never make the base-broadening moves that they all know they have to make eventually.</p> <p>For Democrats, the problem is the mirror image. Bashing Donald Trump and his supporters for their white nationalism helps with <em>their</em> base, but it's the worst possible way to attract working-class whites who might be attracted to traditional Democratic economic messages. Once you say the word "racism," the conversation is over. Potentially persuadable voters won't hear another word you say.</p> <p>As long as this remains the case, Democrats will routinely win the presidency because their non-white base is growing every year. But Republicans will routinely win the House&mdash;and sometimes the Senate&mdash;because way more than half of all congressional districts are majority white. Result: endless gridlock.</p> <p>I wish I knew the answer.</p></body></html> Kevin Drum Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:46:58 +0000 Kevin Drum 310111 at