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Thu Aug 30, 2012, 08:15 AM

Fear and Loathing in Florida 2012

from truthdig:

Fear and Loathing in Florida 2012

Posted on Aug 29, 2012
By Alan Minsky

History repeats itself; the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce. —Karl Marx

TAMPA, Fla.—The real truth in America is hard to come by these days; even the Paul Ryan Wikipedia entry has been whitewashed, omitting that he was voted the biggest brown-noser in his high school class.

As I do not believe, in contrast to most of the press corps here, that Orwellian double-speak is the highest form of human communication, I cannot attend a political convention and not feel the anxiety of Hunter S. Thompson’s influence. However much respect books like “The Making of the President” series merit, it’s the bourbon and crank-fueled honesty of “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72” that truly captures the zombie-like soullessness of the political lapdog class.

What to make of the 2012 Republican model?

It didn’t take long to realize this convention was dominated by the same country club set that’s been running this party for decades. Fears that some new monstrous tea party/Christian fundamentalist hybrid has seized the GOP’s helm were readily dispelled as the first busloads of late-night partyers arrived in downtown Tampa on Monday night. Anyone anticipating rabid creationists from the Wichita PTA was confronted with the bland secularism of Laura Ashley and Brooks Brothers. ...............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/fear_and_loathing_in_florida_2012_20120829/

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Thu Aug 30, 2012, 09:10 AM

1. I think this is utter rubbish.

The evangelicals and tea partiers have had a huge effect on Republican politics. To deny that is to be blind. Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson started by taking over precinct delegate positions state by state beginning in the late 70's. That's how you change a party's direction. The tea party used the same technique, as have the Ayn Rand cultist Paul supporters.

The latter were shut out of this week's convention by rule changes, but if they had a larger plurality, they could have resisted. That's how the system works, and that's why this guy's entirely wrong about the Wichita PTA not being in attendance. These people are used to being secretive about their goals. For instance, when you want a theocracy you don't discuss it openly, especially with outsiders. What else did he expect?

All he saw was the delegates' clothes. Sounds to me like an article from a hack who didn't do diligence to get to the core of what was really happening resulting in a lazy and useless article.

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