Kasich Is Wrecking the GOP

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From Jonathan Bernstein at Bloomberg:

Could John Kasich be single-handedly destroying a political party?

Either by helping Donald Trump win the Republican nomination or by dragging the party into an ugly contested convention, Kasich seems to be causing a lot of trouble.

Serious presidential candidates normally leave the race when they no longer have a chance to win. This is an important part of how the nomination system functions. If losers drop out, then voters in subsequent states — voters who might not follow politics enough to know which candidates are serious contenders and which aren’t — won’t waste their voters on the also-rans.

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Beer Halls, Brown Shirts and Trump

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From Human Voices:

Oh my!

I haven’t lived in Chicago for a long time, but I don’t think the big Windy has seen a Friday night like this one since 1968. I don’t think our dear country has been as divided since the illegitimate war in Vietnam that killed tens of thousands of my generation and set the “Love it or Leave it” thugs against the rest of us.

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GOP Gapes at its Existential Crisis

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Dick Polman of WHYY in Philadelphia takes a look at how the Republican Party is suddenly confronted by it’s own version of the abyss.

From The Moderate Voice:

It’s thigh-slappingly funny to recall that RNC chairman Reince Priebus said on the eve of this national race that “Republicans will choose from a deep bench of presidential material.”

After the latest round of contests and the latest winnowing of the field, here’s what the GOP is left with: A celebrity hate-peddler whose agenda is built on bluster, a far-right government-crashing ideologue who would lose 40 states, and a governor whose primary season record is 1-28.

Yes, folks, the GOP’s long-gestating existential crisis has finally arrived. What does it stand for as a party?

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Friday Night Raw!

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From Max’s Dad:

This has all happened before. The white rage, the white fright, the white embracing of a demagogue who means none of what he spews. George Wallace was Donald Trump back in 1968. Capitalizing on the civil rights gains, the baby boomers getting all freedom-ee and listening to that hippie music and smoking that stuff and Afros, Wallace, the Guv-nah of Alabama who had famously stood in the schoolhouse door to keep the blacks out for an extra 5 minutes or so, was on a roll.

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Why Ask Pastors for Support When Tragedy Strikes?

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From The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser:

Let a tornado or flood devastate a community, and local pastors are often the first ones called to help the community understand the devastation and destruction. Let a student shoot up the local high school, and local pastors are called upon to help students cope with the senseless violence. Let a school bus carrying high school athletes veer off the road, resulting in the death of several notable students, and local pastors are asked to come to the school and console and support grieving students. No one bothers to ask: WHY should pastors be called for support when tragedy strikes? What possibly could pastors offer people other than a shoulder to cry upon?

In rural Northwest Ohio, the place of my birth and current residence, Evangelical pastors are routinely called upon to give help when tragedy strikes. I have to ask, what could Evangelical pastors possibly say that would help anyone make sense of tragedy? These men of God literally have nothing to offer but meaningless clichés:

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