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Thursday 21st of January 2021

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2016 Presidential election In the end, the Republican Party rallied behind Donald Trump because if that was the deal needed to regain power, what was the problem? Because it had always been about power. The rest? The principles? The values? It was all a lie. Stuart Stevens, It Was All a Lie © 2020 Kwiple.com
2016 Presidential election When you learn that the bank you borrowed money from is actually owned by a drug cartel, should your first reaction be, “Well, we got a good interest rate”? The simple reality is that the Republican Party was in buiness with Russian intelligence efforts, what used to be known as the KGB, and precious few leading the Republican Party seen to give a damn. Stuart Stevens, It Was All a Lie © 2020 Kwiple.com
2020 Presidential election This was their [Republicans'] moment to stand for something, and they chose to stand for reelection. Let us remember.  Stuart Stevens, It Was All a Lie © 2020 Kwiple.com
Conspiracy theories The distinguishing thing about the paranoid style is not that its exponents see conspiracies here and there in history, but that they regard a “vast” or “gigantic” conspiracy as the motive force  in historical events. History is  a conspiracy, set in motion by demonic forces of almost transcendent power, and what is felt to be needed to defeat it is not the usual methods of political give-and-take, but an all-out crusade. Richard Hofstadter, “The Paranoid Style in American Politics” © 2020 Kwiple.com
Dead-in-the-heads say I'm going to release the Kraken. Sidney Powell, Trumpist lawyer, promising she'll release oodles of evidence that she claims will lead to overturning 2020 election results in key states © 2020 Kwiple.com
Democratic Party The rejection of [George] Wallace [in 1964] was as much a statement for the Democratic Party as the acceptance of Trump by the Republican Party. Stuart Stevens, It Was All a Lie © 2020 Kwiple.com
Evangelicals say Evangelicals still believe in the commandment, “Thou shalt not have sex with a porn star.” … However whether the president violated the commandment or not is totally irrelevat for our support of him. Robert Jeffress © 2020 Kwiple.com
Fox News These days the branding of Fox News as “Fair and Balanced”  often seems primarily to serve the purpose of proving that irony is not dead. Stuart Stevens, It Was All a Lie © 2020 Kwiple.com
Hate [I]n the minds if the status-driven it is no special virtue to be more American than the Rosenbergs, but it is really something to be more American than Dean Acheson or John Foster Dulles or Franklin Delano Roosevelt. … We Americans are always trying to raise our standard of living, and the same principle now seems to apply to standards of hating. Richard Hofstadter, “The Pseudo-Conservative Revolt—1954” © 2020 Kwiple.com
Kwiplers say Calculate the minimum wage as follows: MW = CMHI / CMHS × WPY × HPW where: MW = Minimum Wage CMHI = Current Median Household Income, e.g., $65,000 CMHS = Current Median Household Size, e.g., 2.1 people WPY = Workdays Per Year, e.g., 240 HPW = Hours Per Workday, e.g., 8 [MW would be $16.12 using data above] © 2019 Kwiple.com
Kwiplers say Count votes in Congress by: 1. Calculating a Member's Proportional Vote (MPV) for each member, as follows: MPV = SPNP / NLRS where: SPNP = State's Percentage of the National Population NLRS = Number of Legislators Representing the State (in that legislature) 2. Totaling “yes” MPVs and “no” MPVs 3. Passing if total MPV is more than 50 OTHERWISE Abolish the Senate © 2019 Kwiple.com
Politics We have, at all times, two kinds of processes going on in inextricable connection with each other: interest politics, the clash of material aims and needs among various groups and blocs; and status politics, the clash of various projective rationalizations arising from status aspirations and other personal motives.  In times of depression and economic discontent — and by and large in times of acute national emergency — politics is more clearly a matter of interests, although of course status considerations are still present. In times of prosperity and general well-being on the material plane, status considerations among the masses can become much more influential in our politics. Richard Hofstadter, “The Pseudo-Conservative Revolt—1954” © 2020 Kwiple.com
Post-2018 Senate shituation 15 states (Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming) 2018 population: 40,056,961 Senators: 30 Republicans 1 Senator per 1,335,232 people 1 state (California) 2018 population: 39,776,830 Senators: 2 Democrats 1 Senator per 19,888,415 people 19,888,415 / 1,335,232 = 16, therefore: average 15er's vote is worth 16 times a Californian's, a Californian's vote is worth 6% of an average 15er's 1 state (Wyoming) 2018 population = 573,720, therefore: 1 Senator per 286,860 Wyomians, a Wyomian's vote is worth 69 times a Californian's, a Californian's vote is worth 1.4% of a Wyomian's © 2016 Kwiple.com
Pseudo-conservatives The pseudo-conservative is a man who, in the name of upholding traditional American values and institutions and defending them against more or less fictitious dangers, consciously or unconsciously aims at their abolition. Richard Hofstadter, “The Pseudo-Conservative Revolt—1954” © 2020 Kwiple.com
Public discourse Demagogues need no longer stand erect for hours orating into a radio microphone. Tweet lies from a smartphone instead. David Frum, The Atlantic, March 2017 © 2020 Kwiple.com
Race What happens if you spend decades focused on appealing to white voters and treating nonwhite voters with, at best, benign neglect? You get good at doing what it takes to appeal to white voters. That is the truth that led to what is famously called “the southern strategy.” That is the path that leads you to becoming what the Republican Party now proudly embraces: a white grievance party. Stuart Stevens, It Was All a Lie © 2020 Kwiple.com
Republicans Party What happened to the Republican Party is that slowly over half a century the kooks and weirdos and social misfits of a conservative ideology started discovering that they could force reasonable people to support unreasonable positions through fear. Stuart Stevens, It Was All a Lie © 2020 Kwiple.com
Republicans say We're not going to get the Negro vote as a block in 1964 and 1968, so we ought to go hunting where the ducks are. Barry Goldwater, 1964, kicking off the Republican Party's still-ascendant “southern strategy” © 2020 Kwiple.com
Selfie Sometimes I think this country would be better off if we could just saw off the Eastern Seaboard and let it float out to sea. Barry Goldwater © 2020 Kwiple.com
Snapshot Jeb Bush lost [in the 2016 presidential primaries] for many reasons, but the base one is that he was running to win a race in a party that no longer existed. He was like a guy who showed up with a tennis racket at a bowling alley. Jeb Bush portrayed by Stuart Stevens © 2020 Kwiple.com
Snapshot [It] was the “Contract with America” election that made Newt Gingrich into the Death Star of the Republican Party. No single political figure better illustrates the predicate for Donald Trump than Newt Gingrich. Newt Gingrich portrayed by Stuart Stevens [1994 election] © 2020 Kwiple.com
Snapshot There is nothing strange or unexpected about Donald Trump. He is the logical conclusion of what the Republican Party became over the last fifty or so years, a natural product of the seeds of race, self-deception, and anger that became the essense of the Republican Party. Trump isn't an aberration of the Republican Party; he is  the Republican Party in a purfied form. Donald Trump portrayed by Stuart Stevens © 2020 Kwiple.com
State of the union The challenge for the Democratic party is whether it can win back white working class voters faster than Republicans win over non-white voters. At the moment that is an open question. The fate of Mr Biden's presidency – and his party – may rest on the answer. Edward Luce, Financial Times, December 15, 2020 © 2020 Kwiple.com
Trumpism One of the hallmarks of the Trump era is the alacrity with which intelligent people embrace stupidity. Stuart Stevens, It Was All a Lie © 2020 Kwiple.com
Trumpists say Well, it seems to me that being elected by the Electoral College is a threshold where a title like that is probably most appropriate, and it's, I suppose you can say official, if there is such a thing as official president-elect, or anything-else-elect. Kevin Cramer, Republican Senator from North Dacovid, who rather make an ass of himself than call Joe Biden “president-elect”  © 2020 Kwiple.com
Voting Does some illegal voting happen? Sure, just as elephantiasis does occur in America. But should elephantiasis be the focus of the National Institutes of Health instead of cancer? Probably not. Stuart Stevens, It Was All a Lie © 2020 Kwiple.com
Voting We have noticed that whereas in depressions  or during great bursts of economic reform people vote for what they think are their economic interests, in times of prosperity they feel free to vote their prejudices. Richard Hofstadter, “The Pseudo-Conservative Revolt—1965” © 2020 Kwiple.com