Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The politics of extreme heading into mid-terms as Republicans go populist and Democrats go Socialist

In what is shaping up to be a mid-term for the ages, candidates from the both the Republican and Democratic parties are finding out that the status quo is no longer enough to survive a primary battle.  And all one has to do is look at last night's outcome in Florida where on Aug. 28, a second outright Socialist candidate defeated a long-standing Democrat for their party's right to win an office in November.

Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum, 39, stunned his opponents with an upset victory Tuesday amid the highest turnout for a midterm primary election in Florida history. 
The Tallahassee mayor's victory amounts to the largest political upset for a progressive candidate since Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's June defeat of Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY), the fourth most powerful Democrat in the House. - Zerohedge
On the flip side Trump, or 'right wing' populist candidates are also making headway into the GOP establishment with several state candidates, especially in the mid-west, using the President's coattails to try to unseat long time incumbents.
Braun, who owns a distribution and freight company, says he would not have launched his Republican effort for the U.S. Senate if Trump had not blazed the trail two years ago. 
“I thought there was the opportunity to define a different kind of candidacy, one from the outsider business world, the same thing Trump did,” he told Reuters ahead of the primary vote on Tuesday. 
Other Republican primary races in Ohio and West Virginia on Tuesday also feature outsider businessmen who have gone all out to show their allegiance to Trump and accuse their rivals of lacking the same fealty. 
The candidates also highlight a shift in the Republican Party to embrace more populist, nativist and protectionist candidates skeptical of immigration and free trade – a seismic change from the party’s traditional alliance of social conservatives and free-marketeers. - Reuters
Few in the Establishment have been paying attention to the sea-change that has taken place in the U.S. since the 2008 financial crisis when Americans began to question their institutions and sought to bring change in a myriad of ways.  First through the Occupy Wall Street movement, then through the Tea Party and Ron Paul Revolution of 2012.  And more than anything, the rise of populism has divided the country into three political or ideological blocs, with the biggest target of course are those affiliated with the status quo.

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