A few months later, George W Bush announced that he would run for president in 2004, and put at the center of his campaign the quixotic culture war issue of banning gay marriage via constitutional amendment. This is far more important than a nice thing W once said to one person.
We really need to stop using "but he was such a nice guy to me!" to excuse the bigotry that GOP politicos have been using for decades to get elected. Their bigoted words and actions have consequences.
Does personal grace and kindness matter in a politician? Absolutely, yes. This is one reason Trump is so monstrous as President. But to pretend like Trump isn't also the product of the GOP's multi-decade, divisive and bigoted culture war is totally ahistorical.
Reagan's talk of "welfare queens" helped build the base that elected Trump. As did Goldwater's "principled" stance against the Civil Rights Act that made him the darling of US conservatives. As did the Willie Horton ad. As did birtherism. Trump is a monster of the GOP's making.
Richard Nixon's favorite song in 1970 was "Welfare Cadillac." I'm sure you can imagine what the song is about. When Johnny Cash came to visit the WH Nixon asked him to play it. Cash, to his credit, refused.

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The atmosphere around Loeffler’s campaign is downright infectious!
There’s a reason people had such high expectorations for her political career.
Everyone on her team is constantly holding their breath, awaiting what viral sensation will come out of her mouth next!
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With apologies to Allen Ginsberg.
Howl, as rewritten by the Lincoln Project.

I saw the worst minds of my party destroyed by MAGA, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the Charlottesville streets at dawn looking for a tiki torch, Image
angelheaded grifters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the money-making dynamo in the machinery of Trump Tower, Image
who wealth and raggedy shirts and hollow-eyed and high sat up smoking in the supernatural darkness of the West Wing floating across the top of DC monuments contemplating tax cuts, Image
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This is such an important point. The furies unleashed by the conservative movement have always been far more powerful than conservative elites have recognized.
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Maybe news organizations should not let them speak about Biden’s supposed overreach until they answer questions about why they condoned Trump’s coup attempt. And if they won’t answer, say thank you and end the interview.
That squares with good journalistic practice, no? If a Democrat is opposed to foreign intervention but supported the Iraq War, you’d ask them to reconcile that, wouldn’t you?
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TFW the guy who called for the death penalty for women who had abortions is the voice of reason within your movement.
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