2015 October 30 Friday
GOP Elites Discovering Their Base Hates Them

Time for GOP panic? Establishment worried Carson or Trump might win.

Are you right wing? If you are, do you like or trust the people who run the Republican Party? Do you trust the big donors?

The elites could make inroads against Trump. But on one issue they refuse. The elites will not bring forth a candidate who wants to stop and reverse illegal immigration. By contrast, Donald Trump is ready to move the Overton Window in a direction the elites adamantly oppose.

"You’re going to have a deportation force. And your going to do it humanely."

More people are getting stuck at minimum wage for more years, wages are dropping for the least skilled, and a very large fraction of US counties have hit peak median wage years or decades ago. The elites are completely tone deaf to all this. The elites just want to hear debates between the progressive left and libertarians. No wonder Trump is doing so well.

Does the Trump phenomenon and Ben Carson's popularity signal an end to the era when the Republican elites could assume their base would go along with what they wanted? Or is this just a brief rebellion until the elites figure out how to distract the base away from their perceived best interests?

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2015 October 30 08:23 PM 

Mike Street Station said at November 18, 2015 7:19 AM:

I think it's a real change. On immigration, the base has always opposed amnesty, but no Republican candidates ever took that position. In the 2012 primaries, every "conservative" candidate had some version of amnesty they supported. The only Republican who opposed it was moderate Mitt Romney. Trump already has moved the Overton Window on anti-amnesty, and I don't think it's shifting back. So the elites have lost one of the major issues they tried to control the base with.

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