Tag Archive | Republican

Super Tuesday Preview

Today is Super Tuesday, often referred to as the most important day on the primary calendar. The states that vote today are home to almost 20 million more people than the entire population of the United Kingdom, and the 595 Republican and 1,004 Democratic delegates on offer represent almost half the total needed to win each party’s nomination. In every presidential election since 1988, the winner of the most states on Super Tuesday for either party has gone on to be the nominee.

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The Parallel Republican Primary

After several months of preamble, the nominating process to find the next president of the United States officially started this week with Monday’s Iowa caucuses. The theme on both sides of the political divide was of outsiders breaking down barriers. Hillary Clinton became the first woman ever to win in Iowa, while Ted Cruz went one better, becoming the first Latino to win a presidential primary or caucus in any state.

With the New Hampshire primary two days away, it seems this theme will continue, with real estate mogul Donald Trump and democratic socialist Bernie Sanders the unlikely frontrunners in their respective primaries. While the arrival of the outsiders will likely dominate the headlines of Wednesday’s newspapers however, of perhaps more importance to the race is the ‘parallel primary’ taking place within the Republican field: a four-way battle for the support of the establishment.

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The Republicans & Walter White: Breaking Bad Over Obamacare

There is a scene in the third season of AMC’s Breaking Bad in which Walter White, sleep-deprived and on a large dose of sleeping pills, muses on the thought that he has lived too long. The show, for the few still unaware, centres on a high school chemistry teacher who turns to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine when he is diagnosed with cancer, slowly becoming a feared and ruthless drug lord in the process. In the episode in question, he laments that he had missed his ‘perfect moment’ to succumb to his cancer – a point where he had made enough money to take care of his family without giving up too much of himself.

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of the RNC

Though the Republican National Convention has been over for a few days now, the speakers moved on to other commitments, and the Democratic equivalent in full swing, it still has an odd, rather incomplete feel to it. The customary bump in the polls which usually follows a convention has failed to properly materialise for Mitt Romney, no real issues of significant substance seem to have arisen, and the candidate even lost the news cycle the next day to an empty chair.

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The Republicans’ Unhealthy Sex Obsession

It has been erroneously stated for years that men think about sex every seven seconds. While this is untrue for the general population, when applied to the GOP, it is perhaps an understatement. The past few weeks have seen contraception come to the top of the agenda in the nomination race, Rick Santorum’s major donor Foster Friess arouse controversy by suggesting girls use aspirin ‘between their knees’ for contraception, and even the Girl Scouts coming under fire for promoting promiscuity and the ‘pro-abortion agenda’.

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Democrats for Santorum

As Michigan went to the polls today in what seems to be one of the tightest races so far, Rick Santorum launched a last-minute effort to win over a group that has perhaps been ignored in the Republican primaries so far: Democrats.

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Ron Paul or The Turner Diaries?

Ron Paul has faced a lot of criticism recently for newsletters published in his name in the 1980s and 1990s which put forward racist, conspiracist, anti-Semitic, homophobic and pro-militia views. Paul claims not to have read them, and while that claim is of itself ridiculous, the fact of the matter is that he allowed them to be sent out in his name, he made money from them, and he defended them as late as 1996. In fact, he only began to deny authorship of the newsletters in 2001.

Whatever Paul’s involvement, the newsletters are disturbing, and reading them now (there are scans here) is a distressing experience.

Reading the newsletters, Angus Johnston, who runs the wonderful Student Activism blog, has noticed some similarities with possibly the most infamous piece of American white supremacist literature: the Turner Diaries. This paean to race war influenced Timothy McVeigh and David Copeland with its extremist message of racial purity, and yet sections of Paul’s newsletters fit neatly into place alongside this vile hate book.

If you think I’m exaggerating, head over to Student Activism and see if you can tell Ron Paul from the Turner Diaries in ‘the toughest quiz you’ll take today‘.