But this time was supposed to be different. The Teahadist Movement that marked the begging of the Obama, era provided a ray of hope that promised to wash away the unnumbered bitter tears of defeat. At that new dawn, a promising front in the struggle would be opened with offensives like "Operation Leper" in which any GOP establishment figure critical of Sarah Palin would be shunned and any Right Wing Political Organizations that hired her would be marginalized.
Potential martyrdom operations like "Hills to Die On," which if the gods be willing, could turn from sacrificial acts of disobedience against the RINO elite into glorious victories against the vile establishment foe in a primary challenge. In this phase of the struggle, no vice would be spurned, no bridge would be too far to burn, and no act of decency could be allowed to go unpunished. Retribution and recriminations were to abound.
And soon "it" would come. This time would be different. Maybe not tomorrow, but as History marched ever nearer to that glorious moment when the people would realize that their true interests were best served by "conservatism" the People would rise up peacefully. They would cast off the chains of oppression. Conservatism would be their salvation. And its glories would wash away all that came before ushering in New Best Hope for Freedom. The Future glimmered tantalizingly near.
But it was not to be. Instead, as often occurs in great struggles, war, etc., the law of unintended consequences drives events and the best laid plans of men, tend to spiral wildly out of control:
Many Republicans have groused that running the Trump nomination could result in a permanent shifting of the electoral map similar to that of 1964, when Barry Goldwater’s candidacy more or less turned the black vote into a permanent monolithic Democratic voting block. The concern is that Trump’s candidacy will have the same effect with the Hispanic vote.
To some extent, I think the comparisons to 1964 are overblown – I don’t think, for instance, that Trump will lose as decisively as Goldwater did or that the bloodbath will be as bad for Republicans in this election. Democratic primary voters saved the GOP from that scenario by nominating their weakest general election candidate since Eugene McCarthy. Pretty much no matter how much people come to hate Trump (and I don’t think he’s scraped NEARLY the bottom of that barrel), there will always be a huge segment of the population that hates Hillary worse – and she will help them along throughout the upcoming campaign. Maybe I am wrong, but I don’t see Trump losing 40+ states when the dust settles.
On the other hand, the long term effects will likely be worse – in fact, much worse. Like, existential threats to the existence of the Republican party worse. ...You can see the start of this with yesterday’s poll that shows that Clinton only trails Trump by 7 in Texas. There are places like Texas where Republicans have made significant inroads with the Hispanic community and this allows them to be competitive statewide. Nationally, Republicans have likewise remained competitive for between 25-40% of the Hispanic vote. In a post-Trump world, all that might well be undone, and the Republican party relegated to permanent (small) minority status.
I don’t envy the task of the Republican delegates in Cleveland. If Trump is denied the nomination, it will probably cause a massive rift in the party that might well lead to a bigger loss than would otherwise be suffered by Trump. ... It’s a sticky situation and one without an obvious victory condition.As movement conservatives joined by hucksters, "war" profiteers and con men launched its war to save western civilization against an imaginary foe of its own making (the Kenyan Strongman and progress itself), the ground troops base actually started believing in all the mis-truths, half truths, outright lies and apocalyptic propaganda that it was being fed. America was on the verge of collapse. America's best days were behind her. Western Civilization was nearing an end as the President of the United States deliberately weakened allies, uplifted enemies all in an attempt to harm America.
“(W)e’re about where Germany was before World War II where they became a social democracy. You still had votes but the votes were just power grabs like you see in Iran, and other places in South America, like Chavez is running down in Venezuela.”
If a true believer is trying to save America, any action can be and was justified - thus propelling a race to the bottom in which the most extreme voices were rewarded. Crazy rhetoric begat Batshit Crazy Rhetoric which begat Barking-Mad-Howl at the Moon-bang-a-gong- Tinfoil-Hat-Powerline-Blog-Crazy Rhetoric. And all joined in unison to levels of Lunacy not seen since the last time the Lunatic Fringe took hold of the GOP. And so the Lunatic Fringe took over the heart and soul of the GOP Base.
And with this faction, a Carnival Barker became the leader and this cause was declared holy.
And so it goes. Reaping. Sowing. Karma. Life.