Maybe a few years ago, but not anymore. You talk to these minivan driving people with mortgages and they tend to have flocked away from the GOP in recent years and though I don't have any definitive numbers, would probably surmise that they simply aren't going out to vote.
well I can't argue with that.
I know for a fact that several of my own relatives who have been lifelong Republicans simply abstained from the voting booth during 08 and 12.
if it wasn't enough for them to dislike the opposition, they're becoming rapidly disenfranchised with their own party.
but this is still what puzzles me. how can base support erode to such a degree that party leadership only becomes MORE fringe? it doesn't make sense. I thought you had to pivot to the Center when losing support. that's how it works. you fire people up on the fringe during the primaries and move to the center during the general election. but the GOP is doing the opposite. it's like I'm watching a bad horror film and can't turn it off.
I honestly beg to differ with you on the bible thumping racists thing. Are all of them racists and bible thumpers? No... but this country is, comparing it on an international scale, by and large a slightly center right nation. People in the US do by and large go to church/practice Christianity. They do harbor irrational hatred of Muslim Americans... f*ck look at the polling. What is it 1/3 of Americans say they aren't sure if Obama is a Christian or not? Many of these so called moderate minivan drivers are again, either not voting, or voting democrat as it has become the de facto centirst party.
but I can't agree with this.
you're correct about the fact that the US government operates from a Center Right policy position. especially compared to the EU.
you're correct about the fact that a majority of US citizens attend church or are Christian.
but you would be wrong to assume that an irrational hated of Muslims is the majority. it's not.
I would ask you to quote the poll that says "1/3 of Americans" aren't sure if Obama is a Christian or not. but even so, I would argue this doesn't prove anything other than the tenuous nature of drawing conclusions from self-report polls. if anything it would testify to the power of American media and failure of American news journalism. it wouldn't prove that the US is comprised of bible-thumping racists.