December 13, 2015

You can always count on Meet The Press to settle into a comfortable, both-siderist position on the bed of lies that defines Sunday Morning GOP-TV. Never fear, there's always someone like The Atlantic's Molly Ball available to mitigate the insanity of the undoubtedly unabashed, Fascist wing of the Republican party. The matter of compartmentalizing Trump voters is at hand this morning, because it would be far too earnest to call them what they really are: hateful, racist bigots who are delighted that their racist proclivities can now be shouted from the rafters.

Liberian born, New York Times' Pentagon Correspondent, Helene Cooper, reasonably addressed the issue of the conundrum presented by the schism-inducing Donald Trump for the GOP. Good ol' Molly Ball chimes in with her media-sanitized perspective, where she claims to really get these radical Trump-eteers.

HELENE COOPER: ...Those people, ...are going to be up for grabs when what they believe is going to be the inevitable happens and Trump doesn't win the nomination, they want to make sure that they've got his voters. It's so interesting watching how the Republicans navigate this, because I think the party seems to have moved to the right as a whole, anyway.

And now, it's almost as if there's this quandary at the heart of the party of how far to the right. I mean, can they embrace these voters and still win a general election?

MOLLY BALL:No if you look at who is supporting Trump though, no, in the polls, I mean, Trump is getting most of his support from Republicans who consider themselves moderates or liberals. It is not the hard right that is supporting Trump, it's not the--

CHUCK TODD:Well it's a new group, it's a new group of people.

MOLLY BALL:He's not ideologically conservative. Yeah, it is a new group of people, it's most largely identity-based, I think.


MOLLY BALL:It's demographic-based. But it is not the right, per se. And you're right about the Republican Party overall, but it is not the hard right of the party, the Tea Party or what have you, that's really powering Trump.

Ms. Ball concludes that Trump-supporting Republicans apparently consider themselves to be more liberal and/or moderate because, perhaps, this Washington Times article from last week that claims that these voters perceive themselves as more moderate or liberal. Only Heaven knows from where they conjured up this nugget of brilliant observation. Could it be that popular participating demographic of people who answer their home phones?

It would likely be more accurate to ponder the success of The Donald based on the education level of his supporters.

He has consolidated support of the party’s blue-collar, non-college-educated wing, while the party’s more affluent, college-educated voters remain split among several candidates.

These are not the disenfranchised, sensible voters of the Republican party, and everybody knows it. Yet we have to continue this ruse that there's some sort of ideological purity that can be allocated to these Trump-ers. It's the way it is on Sunday Morning GOP-TV.

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