Dan Balz, The Washington Post Published 8:34 am PST, Saturday, March 9, 2019 The transformation of the Republican Party under President Donald Trump is a well-told story. Less noted, but no less significant, is the change in the Democratic Party during the same period. Heading into 2020, neither party is what it was when Donald Trump ran against Hillary Clinton in 2016. The changes are not symmetrical. Trump's wholesale takeover of a Republican Party that once stood for free trade, deficit-reduction, entitlement reform and internationalism speaks to the power of an individual to bend an institution in his direction and recast it in his image. What has happened to the Democratic Party is much the opposite. The party has been turned upside down, changed not by a strong or prominent leader but by many ordinary people whose power is in the collective. Once a party that was beholden to big donors, shaped by its leaders and shadowed significantly by the Clintons (both before … [Read more...] about Yes, the Republican Party has changed since 2016. You think the Democratic Party hasn’t?
Though Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has become a social media sensation, her chief of staff brushed off comparisons between the congresswoman and President Donald Trump, arguing that their uses of Twitter are vastly different.In an interview with CNN’s Brian Stelter on Sunday, Saikat Chakrabarti pushed back on the anchor’s question of whether her online strategy was “Trumpian” in nature.“I think Trump uses social media as a way to get to people’s lowest common denominator,” Chakrabarti said. “He uses it to incite fear. He talks about simplistic ideas.”The distinction, he contended, was Ocasio-Cortez’s use of internet platforms “to explain complex policy ideas and try to build a movement around real solutions”. 15 PHOTOS Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram See Gallery Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram We open doors so others can walk through them. If Republicans thought women … [Read more...] about Nothing ‘Trumpian’ about AOC’s tweets
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Politics | Trump Policy Gyrations Threaten Fragile Republican Coalition Supported by ByJonathan Martin, Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Alexander Burns Dec. 21, 2018 WASHINGTON — President Trump’s near-simultaneous decisions this week to force a government shutdown over his demand to fund a border wall and withdraw American troops from Syria and Afghanistan has imperiled the fragile Republican coalition, exacerbating the party’s fears about what may become of his presidency — and its own electoral prospects in 2020. By placating the far right on immigration, embracing his instincts on foreign policy and unnerving investors with his trade wars and policy gyrations, Mr. Trump is elevating the nativist and noninterventionist elements of his party. In doing so, he is deeply straining his most … [Read more...] about Trump Policy Gyrations Threaten Fragile Republican Coalition
By Cal Matters | PUBLISHED: December 3, 2018 at 7:10 am | UPDATED: December 3, 2018 at 7:10 am By Ben Christopher | CALmatters After the shellacking that California Republicans took in this year’s midterm elections, many figures within the more pragmatic wings of the party establishment had hoped that the party would turn away from the divisive politics of President Donald Trump and seek to become a more diverse coalition. But in the short term, the midterm election whittled away all the purple sections of the state now represented by the GOP, leaving only the scarlet-red core. With striking losses in Orange County and the Central Valley, the Republican Party’s diminished congressional delegation will now represent a less diverse and less well-off subset of Californians and an electorate that was most enamored with the president. It will also be a much smaller portion of the state. This year, 26 percent of Californians are represented in Congress by a … [Read more...] about Whiter, poorer, Trumpier: the new Republican California
opinion Bankole Thompson Published 10:40 PM EST Nov 11, 2018 I was waiting on Bill Schuette to pivot after the primary to a more unifying and inspiring message that shows he would be a governor for all of Michigan, including vulnerable communities. But he didn’t. I was waiting on John James to be that voice in the wilderness crying out loud and giving hope to black and other minority communities that are living in fear because of the extreme policies coming out of Washington, D.C. But he did not. What a missed opportunity. I was waiting on Lena Epstein to lift us out of the doldrums, the politics of divisiveness, compassionless and mean spiritedness that has become the hallmark of this era. But she didn’t. All three overtly and passionately Trumpian candidates for governor, U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives lost in last Tuesday’s election, and that is instructive. They were channeling President Donald Trump and basically acting like … [Read more...] about Bankole: Not all Republicans follow Trump’s lead