Originally Posted by crossbow
Anyone that has a conservative view is obviously an extremist. Their reputaton must be attacked with lies until they have no credibility and their careers are ruined. Its how liberals believe democracy works.
My cousin is a fiscal and social conservative who is well-versed on the political landscape and gets his ideas from stuff like The Economist vs. the right-wing media bubble. He said he's probably closer to me as a left-leaning centrist than he is to most of the republican party right now. Being conservative doesn't have to mean toe-ing the party line. Especially not when the party is batshit insane.
Right now because of redistricting house Republicans are more worried about losing their own primaries to a more conservative challenger that they are losing in the general election. They also know that a huge chunk of their base gets their information from propaganda outlets disguised as news--which means they can get away with anything they want and have their "in-house" (as Fox promised to be for Patreus if he ran for president) run cover for them. There's no other way republicans could get away with stuff like instantly turning on their own health insurance plan. It's the Big Lie in full effect. Redistricting and right-wing media are a deadly combination.
I get more conservative the older I get. But I can still recognize extreme bullshit when I see it. And no the democrats are not "just as bad" right now. There is no law of nature that says both sides must always be equally culpable. That's just something a lot of you tell yourself so you can sleep at night. It's also another excellent way the Republicans can pull anything they want. They just point across the aisle and stammer some lame false equivalence, or dredge up a Bill Maher quote, and their media bubble backs them up on it.
Just like they tried to create their own reality with the whole "unskewed polls" thing. I'm having Christmas with my family. They all live in Kansas City and are over 60 - so of course they're almost all frothy conservatives now - even though most of them were liberal when they were younger. Every single one of them was completely surprised that Obama won, even the lone liberal. Such is the power of living in Johnson County and being surrounded by conservatives. But fortunately for the world math and science still hold out over attempts to create your own reality. Well, unfortunately in the case of global warming I guess.
If republicans ever come back from around the bend I may be ready to meet them. But voting republican now - at anything higher than the governor/state legislature level - is just enabling bad behavior imo.