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I was reading Hot Air just now and in their news feed they linked to a New York Times article which had this quote in it. “People are starting to realize that the anti-establishment thing is kind of a luxury we can’t afford right now,”  More

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shutterstock_390546703It looks to me that Trump will now turn on the naysayers in the party. It couldn’t be more deserved. He tried to play nice, but they are refusing to support him. After the 50 national security neo-cons penned a letter denouncing him, and other GOP stalwarts are playing games trying to undermine him, Trump will now use them to differentiate himself from failed Republican policies and attract a new coalition of voters.

From yesterday’s speech:

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Biscuits and marmalade: Check.
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Apricot nectar: Check.

Now then, hiking through the online thicket, the common theme that emerges from across the political spectrum is that in his acceptance speech, Donald Trump paints a distorted and unnecessarily bleak picture of America. The candidate’s canvas, we are told by Slate’s Franklin Foer, is, “an anarchic mess, beyond the technocratic solutions proposed by desiccate, politically correct elites.” Over at CNBC, I read where our friend and Ricochet commentator John Pohoretz laments, “The America Donald Trump portrayed is a horrible place, awash in barbarity, crime, disorder, decay, deceit, rigging, cheating, exploitation.” Podhoretz continues:

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Minnesota recently switched from an open caucus to an open primary, which I thought was lunacy. I immediately shot off an email to my brother (who works for state government as a legislative liason) blaming him for the whole thing, and also implicating salty Hillary supporters (Bernie won big here). I got a chance to talk with […]

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“All art intuitively apprehends coming changes in the collective unconsciousness.” -Carl Jung For 100 years art has been applied as an ideological tool to tear apart the foundations of reality. Now, after a century of devastating folly, there are signs the rituals of deconstruction have hit their expiration date.  More

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What is provocative art in a hyper-politicized age? More

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While most of the conversation recently has rightfully been about the National Review anti-Trump issue, John Podhoretz had a great column in Commentary about the non-existent GOP Establishment. He says what I have been trying to say for quite sometime (although much more eloquently). More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Who Exactly is the Establishment?

 
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Let’s have it out. I’m sick of listening to people talk past each other because they’re using wildly different definitions of “establishment.” I’m sick of everyone having their own personal definition which doesn’t ever match anyone else’s. So, let’s settle this: Does the Establishment exist?

Or, perhaps, is there any definition of “Establishment” that’s common enough to be meaningful? Jay Nordlinger said in a recent podcast that it doesn’t exist, and that when he was young it referred to the Rockefeller Republicans, which I’m given to understand are an extinct species much like the woolly mammoth. People are always throwing that word around, though. With all due deference to Mr. Nordlinger, can we at least say that any definition has to be relevant to this election? You may cite history, but any historical examples of same must be directly relevant to circumstances of today.

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Hey, GOP, what’s happening? I assume you’re wondering what we’re doing at your place. I understand you’ve been fearful that this Trump fellow will end up running a third-party campaign. But let’s talk turkey: Given that you’ve lost the popular vote in five of the last six national elections, it’s safe to say that Trump’s running a third-party campaign right now. So let me just cut to the chase: we’re worried about you and are staging an intervention.

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Honest question. I’m seeing several places where it’s assumed that most Trump supporters are Ryan haters, and vice-versa. My general impression is that while a few Trump supporters are both vocal and informed, most are neither, and tend to be blue-collar voters who probably aren’t paying much attention to the race or politics generally. Anti-house-leadership […]

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Marie Antoinette's execution in 1793 at the Place de la Révolution.The French Revolution began with disaffected aristocrats wanting to reform their stodgy, inflexible political system. If only King Louis XVI would accept a more liberal Constitutional Monarchy, France could enter into a bright new future.

Once the revolution was underway, a group of the bourgeoisie decided these modest goals weren’t progressive enough, so they formed the Jacobin Club to steer the reforms further to the Left.

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…I posted this, uh, elsewhere. Some is outdated, some is not. I’ll simply redact some of the spice and fill in a minimum of [edits]. I am re-posting this as part of a conversation on Claire’s thread. More

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shutterstock_304544159The base is done with The Establishment. They’ve had it with the same tired, compromised, money-soaked power-brokers who feel entitled to votes and they’re looking for someone to shake things up and send a message. Yes, it seems New Hampshire Democrats are fed up:

It is part of Mrs. Clinton’s play to win New Hampshire, which is shaping up to be a vital state for the candidate once seen as the inevitable 2016 Democratic presidential nominee. With Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders drawing close in Iowa, and Vice President Joe Biden weighing a South Carolina launch pad, New Hampshire may wind up as critical to Mrs. Clinton’s path to her party’s nomination.

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I would normally quote my favorite part of this piece but honestly, there is too much to choose from. How the Tea Party Got Hijacked by Trump’s Troll Party More

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_84586116_trumpcompThe Establishment is undone. The party’s “milquetoast defence of its economic record, its lack of direction … its bland, sputtering lack of passion” opened the door, and an utterly non-traditional politician walked through: outspoken, controversial, occasionally bizarre, willing to rip up long-held assumptions. Radical change has come – with 60 percent of the vote.

“I voted for a new kind of politics,” proclaimed Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters today as they made him leader of the British Labour Party. Corbyn’s appeal is anti-establishment, and leadership’s desperate pleas have gone completely unheeded. After the self-admitted folly of a few put him on the ballot, nearly every Labour MP opposed him. A drove of shadow cabinet members resigned today and say they will not serve under Corbyn. Tony Blair – the only Labour leader since the 1970s to actually win elections – urgently opposed him:

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Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 4.31.22 PMFor every Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Bernie Sanders, there’s a Robby Wells, Doug Shreffler, John Blythe, and Morrison Bonpasse. Below is a guide to some of the lesser-known candidates angling for the Most Unwanted Job In America.

Brad Winslow is IN!The only Democrat of Orange County, California, Brad Winslow’s platform is a call to arms on behalf of a 28th amendment to the Constitution that would give “Congress and the President a uniform set of goals that they must work on together” and “establishes a set of basic behavior guidelines for the relationship between these two branches.”

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Codevilla’s The Ruling Class (2010) and Murray’s Coming Apart (2012) are two conservative texts describing a USA that has divided into two camps: for Codevilla they are elite “Ruling Class” and commoner “Country Class;” for Murray they are upper class “Belmont” and lower class “Fishtown.” Because both books offer “two camp” visions, I initially had […]

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Mr. Angelo Codevilla, who recently attracted attention on the Ricochet podcast, seems to me to be the mind behind the many complaints conservatives have about the establishment. Many here on Ricochet have complaints about American politics that range from constitutionalism to foreign policy, & there are many clever speakers in America who teach that the […]

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