I would say almost everything you said here is pretty factual.
I agree with the latter, but not the former. The GOP has been decidedly more cutthroat and partisan for at least the past 20 years.I just don't agree with almost any of this.
In fact, I'd say democrats focus on none of those 5 things as much. They:
1) Focus more (than the GOP) on policy, albeit plenty of identity politics as well.
2) Get creamed at the state level, because it *hasn't* been the party strategy
3) Never manage to make an effective pro-military argument
4) Have never obstructed at any level approaching the current state. Simple filibustering of the past doesn't even rate on this scale.
5) Bernie vs Hillary is a classic example, but democrats repeatedly throw their own under the bus for the moral/ ideological high ground
Both parties are really messed up, but there's also no real equivalency here. It scares me that so many people can't see the difference and want to lump a little with a lot.
Can you give any specifics? You're entitled to your opinion (and I'm sure there is some gray area), but simply saying "they do it too" seems conveniently simplistic to me.
We just experienced Hillary making an uninspiring run based on policy, undermined by a rift within the party (or conversely, Bernie was undermined).
GOP strategists are specifically behind the state of state legislatures - obviously democrats do try to win elections, but it's actual top-down strategy from only one side or a while now.
The GOP is universally accepted as the pro-military party, even though they won't fund the VA and marched us into Iraq.
The obstruction of Garland was unprecedented. Period. No equal.
GOP stated strategy was to obstruct Obama into a single term. Democrats have never done this.
I'm not trying to make a sweeping moral judgement here, but isn't the above basically factual?
Democrats arenít obstructing Trump, trying to make him a single term President? Of course they are.
And, Democrats wrote the book on obstructing judicial nominees. Biden talked openly about doing what McConnell did, the Dems filibustered and the blue slip process to an unprecedented degree, and it was Harry Reid who invoked the nuclear option.
Youíve got prominent Democrats calling for harassment by mob. Their entire platform is based upon appealing to feelings; Iíd hardly describe them as policy wonks. Hillary didnít run on policy. She ran on ďIím not TrumpĒ, while calling half the country deplorable.
Both parties are motivated by the same thing: gaining and maintaining power.
As i said "almost everything".
I think for sure the GOP concentrates on the local elections more than the Dems. The Dems power bases are in the inner cities. The GOP in rural America and what rules in rural America....local politics. Smart move by the GOP. I think thats pretty factual.
I think its pretty factual that the GOP is looked upon as the "military" party. Heck, just about everyone I know that ever served became or were Republican.
The obstruction of Garland was unprecedented. Almost 10 months without a vote has never happened to a SC candidate purpisely for political reasons. That's pretty factual.
The obstruction of anything for Obama to vote on was pretty unprecedented. Yes, each party has done it before, but never to the extent that happened for Obama's final 6 years. Also, yes the Dems are trying to do the same thing but with the House, Senate and Supreme Court all being conservative majority, they aren't and will never be able to obstruct to the extent that the Republicans did under Obama. Simple fact is if Trump wasn't trying to push everything so far right and selected qualified individuals for nominations, there probably would be zero obstruction happening becausethe Dems just wouldn't have the power to do it.
I do agree that in the end, both parties only want power. I just think the Reps play their politucs a bit dirtier, on the whole, than the Dems do.