I thought Jeb's comment was a little strange when I heard it the other day. Strange because the GOP has since the late 1970s precisely built it's
base by playing on fears and emotions. The Moral Majority was fearful and emotional over the cultural/religious changes taking place around them and
helped elect Ronald Reagan. After that, fear and emotion drove elections year after year.
(And it was not just emotional/fearful wedge issues. I remember a stalwart Republican voter fearing that Communists would be marching right up through
Central America and Mexico.)
All this decades long deliberate use of fear and emotion to fertilize the GOP has allowed the noxious weeds to take over the garden, choking out the
healthy vegetation that was once there. The reactionary, nutty, extreme right noxious weeds (once able to be kept under control) are now fed to
Americans, making even a moderate candidate taste like a weed and forcing a gag reflex as Jeb's reaction.
And Jeb wonders what happened?? In the business world, this would be an example of fiduciary mismanagement at best or a criminal act at worst.
Originally posted by Blackmarketeer
So what does he call himself now?
Really. In a world where the current POTUS is really a Republican moderate from 20 years ago but is labeled an extreme Left Commie Marxist today,
there seems to be a problem with identity. Jeb, you have my sympathy over your identity crisis, but it really is one of your party's making.