David Frum: Hillary Clinton’s Polarizing Path to Victory and the Republican Party – The Atlantic

Some will outright deny the legitimacy of the Democratic win; all will expect it to be a briefly passing thing to be resisted at all costs until normal politics reasserts itself. While the same people who wrote the “party autopsy” after 2012 will proclaim after a Trump defeat that now it is time to revert to the true Reagan-Kemp-Ryan gospel, Republicans with an eye to the future will recognize that Trump discovered something new and important about national politics. Trump inspired millions of Americans to vote as if “white” were an ethnic bloc, something often seen in state elections in the South, but rarely if ever before seen in a presidential contest. Yet this new sighting will likely recur again and again as the relative wealth and power of downmarket white America shrink—and especially if a President Clinton’s immigration policies accelerate that shrinkage. President Obama’s famous hope that the “fever will break” in favor of a more calm, deliberate, and technical politics of adjustment between a pro-market right and a pro-intervention left will seem even more forlorn, as November’s winners perceive a non-recurring opportunity to take all—and November’s losers fear they could lose all.

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  1. An altogether odd post. Mostly it seems about the “polarizing” stance of the republican’s. Then this “They’ll [D’s] lead with the most divisive item of them all, immigration, in hope of locking in for the long haul the electoral majority that only good fortune gained them in 2016.” It seems to me that the GOP stance and presidential campaign rhetoric might have something to do with the divisiveness of the subject.

    Anyway, I noticed here clicking on the title lands you at the Atlantic article, while at OT it lands you at the OT post. Here you have to click on the comment number to get to the local post. Is that you intention?

    • Didn’t find the post so odd, but was more interested in his speculative comments than in his blame-assigning.

      May have more to say later, but it’s off to jury duty for me in a minute. On your question about the site feature, yes, the click-to-source is intentional. Could go either way on it. If I were commenting on the items rather than just “noting and quoting” them, I might go with the other mode, but seems less like “stealing content” this way. At the time I implemented the feature at OT, I hadn’t yet coded it in as nearly foolproof a way for the aggregator-curator. If I had it do over, I might choose link-to-source for OT, too, but differences over the feature itself were part of what led to my separation from the site, and I think a link-to-source approach would have accentuated them.

      BTW, did you ever hear back about Electronic Atomic Geography?

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