Posted by: Donna
Only redeeming feature of Trump's candidacy is that it shows you who people are, for good or for ill. This is great. https://t.co/YQQNqFQ3Ue
— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) November 7, 2016
Fucking trolls took the blog down again a few weeks ago so I was unable to post until now. Which turned out to be okay because there’s been enough punditry this election season (most of it shitty) and what I needed to be doing was canvassing and phonebanking, given that Arizona is a battleground state(!) with a real opportunity for a Hillary win and some Dem pick-ups.
Tomorrow brings the final end to a gut-roiling year that has felt like a grotesque experiment in which we will learn how rancid a Republican can be and still get white people to vote for him. And, oh wait, I already wrote this blog post a couple months ago. I’ll just lazily repost it now:
…It has long been the aspirational myth here of Democrats that the demographic “sleeping giant” of Hispanic voters will awaken and overtake the elections here. It hasn’t happened yet.
Republican consultant types, at least in my experience, have especially loved to jibe Democrats about this. But some of the less hardcore partisan ones, along with several media pundits and mainstream establishment thought leaders, subscribe to a concurrent aspirational myth of their own: that of The Moderate Republicans Who Are Going To Come To Their Senses Any Day Now And Save Us From The Lunatics Currently In Charge.
This, too, hasn’t happened yet. It hasn’t happened despite gutting Clean Elections, an AZ Republic columnist’s crusade to “de-kook the Legislature”, two failed Top Two Primary campaigns, and attempts by business and academic leaders to forge “nonpartisan dialogue”.
The myth relies on the existence of a “sleeping giant” of Arizona voters and prospective politicians who are socially moderate yet fiscally conservative, whose economic and policy interests line up closely with those of the business community, and who shun blind partisanship yet must have a Republican to vote for because they will never, ever vote for a Democrat.
Indeed, these people have been presented plenty of times the past two decades or so with “moderate” options*, both in GOP primaries and in general elections with decidedly non-extreme Democrats, yet they haven’t managed to pull the trigger on the whole saving-us-with-moderation plan. Instead, the aforementioned Jan Brewer won decisively for Governor in 2010 on the strength of SB1070 (round up the illegals!), along with a whole bunch of other Republicans who have felt little need to moderate themselves on a host of issues from public education (cut it and funnel tax dollars to charters and private vouchers!) to energy (demolish the solar industry and do whatever else the Kochs want!) to culture war issues (Cathi Herrod, by all means, have your way with us!) to the disgusting and utterly morally incomprehensible defenestration of child protective services (are there no churches? work houses?).
Arizona voters who insist on voting Republican despite all of that have had ready-made excuses for doing so, including:
“Taxes! They’re too high!”
“What part of “illegal” don’t those people understand?”
“I already pay enough for the schools so why can’t the teachers take a pay cut?”
“Corporation Commission? What is that? These ads tell me all I need to know!”
“Why should we throw money at CPS when I read an article about how a social worker forgot to check on an abused kid?”
So many great excuses! Huge excuses!
Moment of truth time, people. Donald Trump is running on a bald-faced campaign of white supremacy. He is. That’s all there is to it. The current polls show him having more or less (and in the more-or-less realm lies the Electoral College votes) a tie with Hillary Clinton in Arizona. If the polls are to be believed, then in sheer numbers at least half the voters in our state feel that an unabashed white nationalist supremacist is a fine person to lead our country.
And this means that The Moderate Republicans Who Are Going To Come To Their Senses Any Day Now And Save Us From The Lunatics Currently In Charge are, in fact, not going to do that. They can’t, because they don’t exist.
Which means that you, people who supposedly yearn for moderate governance in Arizona, had better get with the Democrats, and help them get enough voters to the polls defeat the Trump horror show. It’s not like there isn’t an abundance of history showing you where his shit leads.
Today we find out. I don’t expect to see a significant shift in the way white people vote (though my anecdotal experience indicates there may be some).
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