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December 23, 2021 07:08 AM UTC

Thursday Open Thread

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  • by: Colorado Pols

“Fierceness makes error a fault, and truth discourtesy.”

–George Herbert

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16 thoughts on “Thursday Open Thread

  1. WOTD from (paywall) Washington Post: “Center-Right is Collapsing Globally

    The same fissures in the old conservative coalition that plague the GOP appear in virtually every other modern democracy. Nationalist and populist parties have grown dramatically in the past decade, often gaining near parity with incumbent center-right parties. Urban and suburban moderate voters, meanwhile, have often swung to classically liberal or green parties that are comfortable aligning with left-wing governments.

    We can see this clearly in European polls and recent election results.

    The global evidence makes it clear that 1980s-era Reagan-Thatcher conservative politics is a dead letter. Coalitions built on that formula — free markets, globally minded, strong on defense — no longer win majorities. The new conservative winning formula is extremely hard to pull off, as one must simultaneously satisfy the still significant Reaganite element while winning over nationalist populists and moderate suburbanites. Having incompetent opponents who veer too far to the left, such as Britain’s Jeremy Corbyn, help bring these disparate groups together out of fear. But no center-right figure has yet built such a coalition on positive grounds that has survived the stress of actually governing.

    1. I read the Henry Olsen column with interest — and he may be correct that the center-right has a fundamental choice of allying with center-left or with nationalist right.  He may even be correct in saying the alliances cannot reach a majority.

      Two things not taken into account: 

       * a “leader” content to be in position without any real grasp of policy or ideology, relating to both without ACTUALLY being a part of either one (Trump). and

       * an electoral system where someone can win at several levels without EVER having a majority of a popular vote (the primary into delegates into a convention’s nominee, then the Electoral College)..

       

      1. Ah, yes, the fine tradition of the beard.

        Doris Day, for Rock Hudson.

        Bess Meyerson, for Ed Koch.

        Suzanne Craig, for the wide stance conservative former senator from Idaho, Larry Craig.

        Gayle Alcorn, for the Reverend Ted Haggard.

        In front of every miserable, closeted gay man is ….. a beard.

  2. Not explicitly politics … but Pope Francis had quite a Christmas message this year (again).

    AP: Pope demands humility in new zinger-filled Christmas speech

    As he has in the past, Francis used his annual Christmas address to take Vatican administrators to task for their perceived moral and personal failings, denouncing in particular those pride-filled clerics who “rigidly” hide behind Catholic Church traditions rather than seek out the neediest with humility.

    As they have in the past, cardinals and bishops sat stone-faced as they listened to Francis lecture them in the Hall of Blessings, which was otherwise decked out in jolly twinkling Christmas trees and poinsettias.

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