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2019-02-07 02:10:30 AM  
No shiat Sherlock?
 
2019-02-07 02:35:48 AM  
Let's see.... ramble ramble ramble ramble, Reagan was a saint, abortion is icky, ramble ramble ramble... both sides are bad... ramble ramble ramble... found a way to feel superior to both...ramble ramble ramble...

It's your boilerplate Fark IndependentTM.  The only thing that would make it classic would be if he had some statement of how Trump had personally wronged him in a way that he was happy to tolerate when he thought it would happen to someone else.
 
2019-02-07 03:29:12 AM  

Chariset: Let's see.... ramble ramble ramble ramble, Reagan was a saint, abortion is icky, ramble ramble ramble... both sides are bad... ramble ramble ramble... found a way to feel superior to both...ramble ramble ramble...

It's your boilerplate Fark IndependentTM.  The only thing that would make it classic would be if he had some statement of how Trump had personally wronged him in a way that he was happy to tolerate when he thought it would happen to someone else.


It's as cliche' as a hipsters beard.
 
2019-02-07 03:52:13 AM  
The GOP was also the party of Lincoln, the greatest of all Americans

Lincoln was a liberal, and one of the worst presidents.
 
2019-02-07 05:13:21 AM  

Chariset: Let's see.... ramble ramble ramble ramble, Reagan was a saint, abortion is icky, ramble ramble ramble... both sides are bad... ramble ramble ramble... found a way to feel superior to both...ramble ramble ramble...

It's your boilerplate Fark IndependentTM.  The only thing that would make it classic would be if he had some statement of how Trump had personally wronged him in a way that he was happy to tolerate when he thought it would happen to someone else.


And unless the Dems nominate someone who will appeal to Republicans they will be voting straight GOP again?
 
2019-02-07 05:36:35 AM  
The difference between Trump supporters and right-leaning Trump critics is how we balance the scales of his conservative achievements (like with the courts) against the harm he's caused and the ways he's changed the Republican Party and the country, as we weigh what will be most definitional to his presidency.

Stacking courts with evangelicals who are supportive of everything hateful in the Republican Party is a good thing.

Fark you, asshole. I hope you never find a political home.
 
2019-02-07 06:16:56 AM  

holdmybones: The difference between Trump supporters and right-leaning Trump critics is how we balance the scales of his conservative achievements (like with the courts) against the harm he's caused and the ways he's changed the Republican Party and the country, as we weigh what will be most definitional to his presidency.

Stacking courts with evangelicals who are supportive of everything hateful in the Republican Party is a good thing.

Fark you, asshole. I hope you never find a political home.


Take an asshole out of the Republican Party and you still have an asshole.
 
2019-02-07 06:57:51 AM  
The Founding Fathers hated the idea of political parties, so if you're married to one, you're un-American.
 
2019-02-07 06:58:40 AM  
assuming tfa is genuine, thanks very much for sharing, tfa author. especially given how exceedingly difficult it appears to be for long-time republicans to share with others outside their in-groups
 
2019-02-07 06:59:02 AM  
Trump is a symptom, not the disease.

The GOP is the disease.
 
2019-02-07 06:59:24 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: The Founding Fathers hated the idea of political parties, so if you're married to one, you're un-American.


They also owned slaves

/why do Americans think that people from 250 years were always correct in everything
 
2019-02-07 07:00:01 AM  

PreMortem: The GOP was also the party of Lincoln, the greatest of all Americans

Lincoln was a liberal, and one of the worst presidents.


Edgy!
 
2019-02-07 07:00:15 AM  
FTA: "They delight in making our public discourse more childish and freakish, focusing attention on absurdities rather than substantive issues, and stirring up mistrust among citizens.

That's been the Republican/Conservative/Neocon/Tea Party playbook for the last several decades.

"When they do, those they claim to represent should speak out forcefully against them."

Speak out against them? They've been cheering this shiat on.
 
2019-02-07 07:01:18 AM  
Trump voters who think political and cultural elites look down on them with contempt might have one, too.

They do. I'll freely admit I look down on trumpkins and deplorables and I'm not even one of the 'elite'. There have been few better ways in recent history to announce that you're a gullible dimwit than voting for Donald Trump. If you want dirty libs to stop looking down on you and thinking you're a moron, stop acting like one.
 
2019-02-07 07:01:39 AM  

Gubbo: Marcus Aurelius: The Founding Fathers hated the idea of political parties, so if you're married to one, you're un-American.

They also owned slaves

/why do Americans think that people from 250 years were always correct in everything


Ha. Was literally about to point that out.

They were flawed men with a generally good idea. Hardly infallible.

The author wants everything trump is doing but doesn't like the tarnishing of the brand. That's all this is.
 
2019-02-07 07:03:59 AM  

holdmybones: Gubbo: Marcus Aurelius: The Founding Fathers hated the idea of political parties, so if you're married to one, you're un-American.

They also owned slaves

/why do Americans think that people from 250 years were always correct in everything

Ha. Was literally about to point that out.

They were flawed men with a generally good idea. Hardly infallible.

The author wants everything trump is doing but doesn't like the tarnishing of the brand. That's all this is.


Yup
 
2019-02-07 07:04:26 AM  
Duh. Speak out sooner next time.
 
2019-02-07 07:04:42 AM  
Listen. I don't have time to hear about your education since leaving the Republican party. I already attended school from 6th grade through college.
 
2019-02-07 07:04:42 AM  

Gubbo: Chariset: Let's see.... ramble ramble ramble ramble, Reagan was a saint, abortion is icky, ramble ramble ramble... both sides are bad... ramble ramble ramble... found a way to feel superior to both...ramble ramble ramble...

It's your boilerplate Fark IndependentTM.  The only thing that would make it classic would be if he had some statement of how Trump had personally wronged him in a way that he was happy to tolerate when he thought it would happen to someone else.

And unless the Dems nominate someone who will appeal to Republicans they will be voting straight GOP again?


Too on point.

"If the Democrats don't nominate someone with broad appeal then even I'll have to consider all options when Election Day comes"
 
2019-02-07 07:05:24 AM  
He used to think the Willie Horton ad wasn't racist. Now, as a free thinking independent, he is willing to admit that maybe it was partially a dog whistle. It comes down to the same problem with the pro-Trump GOP. Some people are just absolute morons.
 
2019-02-07 07:05:31 AM  

PreMortem: The GOP was also the party of Lincoln, the greatest of all Americans

Lincoln was a liberal, and one of the worst presidents.


I'm sorry Mommy chose not to breastfeed.
 
2019-02-07 07:06:19 AM  
Trump is the natural culmination of the Republican Party since Bill Clinton was elected and Newt Gingrich became the defacto leader of the party.
 
2019-02-07 07:06:49 AM  
A thoughtful piece, certainly, but it's just TL;DR: Welcome New Undecided Voter.  Just what we need now.
 
2019-02-07 07:07:08 AM  
This guy claims that part of the reason he loved the Republicans was because they were the "Party of Lincoln", but the problem is, the "Party of Lincoln" was long dead by the time he joined it. Nixon made sure of that with the Southern Strategy, when he opened up the door for all the racist farkwads that were displaced by the Democrats growing a social conscience.

And he'd like to pretend that Trump is an aberration, some sort of fluke, but he isn't. In many ways, Trump is the ultimate Republican, the logical endpoint of the trends that Nixon and Reagan started. The party celebrates ignorance and decries education as elitism, and he's as ignorant as it gets. They gave away everything to the rich in the hopes that it would "trickle down", and he took it all and used it to carefully craft a marketing image of success and excess that would somehow survive his sheer ineptitude in business. They invited racists and bigots in, and he spoke their irrational fears aloud. The rank and file Republicans did not vote for him in overwhelming numbers merely because of his celebrity; they did so because he is what truly represents them. And that is the base this guy helped to cultivate when he worked for Reagan.

Good on you for realizing that Trump is horrifically unqualified, guy. Now you just have to realize the role you, and the entire Republican party, played in his rise.
 
2019-02-07 07:09:05 AM  
"I'm still a Republican, I'm just embarrassed the dogwhistles became foghorns."
 
2019-02-07 07:13:36 AM  
"I believe in all the things that the GOP pays lip service to but never really enacted, but I'm no goddamned liberal."
 
2019-02-07 07:14:00 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: The Founding Fathers hated the idea of political parties, so if you're married to one, you're un-American.


The Founding Fathers didn't understand how the political system they created would work. News at 11.

And they pretty much immediately created political parties and were very loyal to them, so I guess they were "un-American."

/The Founding Fathers hated political parties comment is one of my biggest pet peeves.
 
2019-02-07 07:14:26 AM  
Dear "BSAB" author:  GOP fan since Bush/Reagan days, huh?

GFY, Abu Ghraib Boy.
 
2019-02-07 07:16:45 AM  
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We already knew.

We need more like this guy though.
 
2019-02-07 07:17:09 AM  

HeartBurnKid: This guy claims that part of the reason he loved the Republicans was because they were the "Party of Lincoln", but the problem is, the "Party of Lincoln" was long dead by the time he joined it. Nixon made sure of that with the Southern Strategy, when he opened up the door for all the racist farkwads that were displaced by the Democrats growing a social conscience.


"Party of Lincoln" has been a propaganda point and branding issue more than anything substantial for a long time.

It's a tentpole of the GOP's self-image as the party of America-loving patriotism.

It has zero to do with Lincoln's actual stance on issues.

It validates their "The GOP is about Lincoln and the Democrats are about the KKK" mirror-universe look at things that hasn't been even vaguely factually accurate in over half a century.

"Party of Lincoln" is what the GOP tell themselves every night to quiet their conscience about the atrocities done in the name of the Republican Party.
 
2019-02-07 07:23:13 AM  
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2019-02-07 07:23:59 AM  
Dudes a republican because of abortion and because he believes "socialism" is a dirty word.  He may not vote for Trump again, but he'll vote for the ticket because it's the only way to vote for Pence.  And he'll vote straight ticket from there.
 
2019-02-07 07:24:14 AM  

Silverstaff: HeartBurnKid: This guy claims that part of the reason he loved the Republicans was because they were the "Party of Lincoln", but the problem is, the "Party of Lincoln" was long dead by the time he joined it. Nixon made sure of that with the Southern Strategy, when he opened up the door for all the racist farkwads that were displaced by the Democrats growing a social conscience.

"Party of Lincoln" has been a propaganda point and branding issue more than anything substantial for a long time.

It's a tentpole of the GOP's self-image as the party of America-loving patriotism.

It has zero to do with Lincoln's actual stance on issues.

It validates their "The GOP is about Lincoln and the Democrats are about the KKK" mirror-universe look at things that hasn't been even vaguely factually accurate in over half a century.

"Party of Lincoln" is what the GOP tell themselves every night to quiet their conscience about the atrocities done in the name of the Republican Party.


"were the party of Lincoln."

Oh. Ok. So you oppose States rights and habeas corpus, but you support an income tax on the wealthy?  Got it.
 
2019-02-07 07:25:42 AM  
"...a commitment to... a traditional social order"

GFY, EABOD, DIAF and all the other fun abbreviations. Christ what an asshole/dunt.
 
2019-02-07 07:26:39 AM  
I saw in the Republican Party a commitment to human freedom, democratic capitalism, and a traditional social order; to upward mobility through self-reliance; to the dignity of work; to the cultivation of character and respect for the Constitution; and to a foreign policy that placed a high priority on human rights, a strong national defense, and American leadership.

This guy is a moron. Congrats, Atlantic. You hired a moron.
 
2019-02-07 07:27:14 AM  
"Second, the Democratic Party has moved from a stance that abortion should be "safe, legal and rare" to Governor Andrew Cuomo lighting up New York City's Freedom Tower in pink after signing a bill "celebrating the legal right to abort fetuses that could survive outside the womb," as Alexandra DeSanctis put it in these pages."

And that's where I stopped reading. He might be a "traditional" Republican, but he's still willing to accept, as fact, that which is taken out of context.

Fark him.
 
2019-02-07 07:28:18 AM  
So he was ok with the lie of Reganomics, but drew the line at birtherism?

OK then.
 
2019-02-07 07:28:29 AM  
I tried reading it but all I could think about was "How bad was Hillary that she lost to Donald Trump FFS?!?!?!".

Then I started laughing.
 
2019-02-07 07:28:45 AM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Congrats, Atlantic. You hired a moron.


Isn't that their thing?
 
2019-02-07 07:29:32 AM  

sillydragon: If you want dirty libs to stop looking down on you and thinking you're a moron, stop acting like one.


Fine I'll Never Never Ever Do Another Stupid Thing
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2019-02-07 07:31:39 AM  
Let the Independanting begin!
 
2019-02-07 07:33:50 AM  
At the same time, unlike some vocal Trump critics who have left the GOP, I remain philosophically conservative. This means that the modern-day Democratic Party, lurching farther and farther to the left, doesn't have room for me.

He is the true blathering idjut.
 
2019-02-07 07:33:53 AM  

Chariset: Let's see.... ramble ramble ramble ramble, Reagan was a saint, abortion is icky, ramble ramble ramble... both sides are bad... ramble ramble ramble... found a way to feel superior to both...ramble ramble ramble...

It's your boilerplate Fark IndependentTM.  The only thing that would make it classic would be if he had some statement of how Trump had personally wronged him in a way that he was happy to tolerate when he thought it would happen to someone else.


Well, Reagan was a saint - just not for any religion you'd want to be around.  Abortion is icky - surgery is messy.  And both sides are bad - the conservative side is winning that one about 4292371130.6-1 but still, technically!  As for feeling superior to both, well now we've gotten to the not even justifiable with extreme technicality hockey.  That article absolutely reeks of "I'm not a piece of shiat now, I'm not I'm not I'm not!"  Still, I suppose if an axe murderer promises to not murder people randomly anymore, they'll be more selective from now on - it is... progress of a sort?   Kinda?  We'll put "Sorta halfass tried, and did so way too late." on the tombstone when they go.
 
2019-02-07 07:34:23 AM  

holdmybones: The difference between Trump supporters and right-leaning Trump critics is how we balance the scales of his conservative achievements (like with the courts) against the harm he's caused and the ways he's changed the Republican Party and the country, as we weigh what will be most definitional to his presidency.

Stacking courts with evangelicals who are supportive of everything hateful in the Republican Party is a good thing.

Fark you, asshole. I hope you never find a political home.


Evangelicals full thorstedly support everything Trump does. So they're no different than Trump.

Get this temporarily embarassed Republican outta here.
 
2019-02-07 07:35:05 AM  
Huh.  It turns out that undermining education for decades turns people into dumb farks.  Maybe if we try more of that the trend will reverse.
 
2019-02-07 07:38:35 AM  
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He still has a looooong way to go
 
2019-02-07 07:40:20 AM  

cabbyman: I tried reading it but all I could think about was "How bad was Hillary that she lost to Donald Trump FFS?!?!?!".

Then I started laughing.


If only there were something the electorate could have done to cause Hillary to win . . . .
 
2019-02-07 07:41:59 AM  
I saw in the Republican Party a commitment to human freedom, democratic capitalism, and a traditional social order; to upward mobility through self-reliance; to the dignity of work; to the cultivation of character and respect for the Constitution; and to a foreign policy that placed a high priority on human rights, a strong national defense, and American leadership.

Well, I don't agree with that but you have beliefs that you believe align with the party, so good on you for making a decision based on principles instead of "sports team" mentality.....

My first vote was cast for Ronald Reagan in 1980. I worked in his administration, as well as that of George H. W. Bush; for seven years, I was a senior adviser to President George W. Bush.

Oh fark right off.
 
2019-02-07 07:42:50 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: The Founding Fathers hated the idea of political parties, so if you're married to one, you're un-American.


If you are married to a Founding Father, not only are you un-American, you are kinky.
 
2019-02-07 07:43:24 AM  

Chariset: Let's see.... ramble ramble ramble ramble, Reagan was a saint, abortion is icky, ramble ramble ramble... both sides are bad... ramble ramble ramble... found a way to feel superior to both...ramble ramble ramble...

It's your boilerplate Fark IndependentTM.  The only thing that would make it classic would be if he had some statement of how Trump had personally wronged him in a way that he was happy to tolerate when he thought it would happen to someone else.


Ok thanks because I noped out like three sentences in.
 
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