The headline on this HotAir post asks the wrong question: "McCain once almost left the GOP. What about now?"
Here's some text:
...a sitting Democratic senator, speaking on condition of anonymity for
fear of upsetting Schumer on such a sensitive issue, said, “I’m just
certain Chuck is already thinking about this – reaching out to McCain
and Collins and Murkowski and others and asking if they really want to
stand with the GOP....Politico, quoted at HotAir
What you see in the Politico/HotAir piece is a take on politics which is fading fast in the rear-view mirror. The "R vs. D" simple-math stuff began its fade before Reagan, and one could argue that that division was no longer a useful analytic tool as early as 1960 or so--the year JFK got elected.
Because ever since then, the US has had three--maybe FOUR--political "parties." There were the mainstream Democrats and Republicans, which are really the Same Party. Then there were the hard-Left (anarchists, socialists, Communists) who broke through at the 1968 Democrat convention and have taken over a large part of the (D) Party. Finally, there is the hard-Right (constitutional conservatives, Birchers, "alt-right" of various stripes) who are a growing force in the (R) party and are probably at break-through in the next year or so.
You can say that Reagan was a "hard-right" guy--except he didn't govern that way, either in California, or in Washington. Granted, he was ham-strung by Congress. You cannot really say that Bill Clinton was a "hard-Left" guy--and neither is Hillary, really; she dirtballed her hard-Left opponent into submission, but Bernie and Fauxcahontas are within an inch of taking over the Party, and anyone who can't see that is blind.
The Hard-Left/Hard-Right war is happening in Congress and in lots of the several States, right in front of Politico's noses--and they haven't figured it out yet.
Anyhow, to get back to McPain: whether he wears the (R) or (D) label is irrelevant--like Manchin, Collins, and a number of other old farts in Congress (including young farts like Paul Ryan), he's a Member in Good Standing of the Uni-Party. Think Boehner, Cantor, and even Madison's own Tammy. Ciphers with no agenda other than Mo'D.C.!! Mo'Gummint!!! Mo'Pension-for-MEEE!!
Want to make it only three parties: Left, Right, and Center? Go ahead. But now the Left and Right have a lot of traction that they never had in the late 20th Century.
Trump? He's another "Center" party guy but a lot more obnoxious. Has a few "right" leanings, has a few "left" leanings, and is going to sink his own ship trying to run DC like he runs real-estate development. What counts, long-term, in that office?
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