Mon, 28 September 2015
I feel like I don’t understand the Republican party anymore.
More to the point I feel like I no longer understand the Republican voter. Sure I understand what they claim to stand for, but I find their current support for the leading Republican candidates to be mind boggling.
Think back to 2008 and President Obama’s campaign. He was running on Hope and Change. Two ambiguous terms that held no real meaning save what someone applied to them. I remember listening to talk show hosts, and broadcasters complain about the Democrat voter suggesting they were mindless robots who were voting not based on the “issues” but simply on emotion.
Now fast forward to 2015. You’ve got the leader of the Republican presidential race running on a platform of “making America great again.” What does this mean? Who knows. How is he going to do it? He apparently has no real plan. When pressed on the issue he simply says, “I’m just going to do it.” And Republican voters LOVE him for it.
Explain the difference to me. What’s the difference between the Obama ’08 campaign and the Trump ’16 campaign? Fundamentally, nothing.
Today on the show I’ll try to extrapolate from our discussion Friday how we create a more consistent coherent message and how we begin the process of creating political influence in America again.
I also spend some time covering the middle east conflict. News out today suggests China is now joining Russia in the fight to end ISIS and support Assad. Russia recently struck a deal with Iraq to share intelligence making Russia now a key player in the fight against this tyrannical Muslim group.
It’s a jam-packed show. Don’t miss a minute!