From The Reporter’s Notebook
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) argued on Friday in an implicit rebuke of Donald Trump that the Republican Party must be a party for “all citizens, regardless of their race, gender or where they are born and raised,” TPM’s Esme Cribb reported. Speaking at the Federalist Society’s National Lawyers Convention in Washington, Haley said that the President-elect’s unexpected election victory “was not an affirmation of the way Republicans have conducted themselves.”
Agree or Disagree?
Josh Marshall: “Trump’s election has sprung into overdrive a debate we’ve been having in the world of politics for more than a year: Is Trumpism largely about economic distress tied to globalization and neo-liberal economics or is it mainly driven by a white racial backlash against minorities Trump supporters believe are cutting to the front of the line in the race for economic preferment and cultural centrality? I largely put myself in the second camp. But as I think most people realize, these are not mutually exclusive explanations. And whichever side of the equation you come down on, what the Democrats need are issues that cut across the regional/racial/class divide we saw in the 2016 election. Medicare does that.”
“If they started waterboarding, I swear to you that we’d have them in court in a New York minute.”
– Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said that he and others in the Senate will push back against anyone who wants to go back to waterboarding.
BUZZING: Today in the Hive
From a TPM Prime member: “I wouldn’t expect any repercussions for overreach. Reagan’s lies are still promoted as genius leadership even if Trump cast some shade on Reagan’s sainthood. Shining city on the hill (make America great again?); tax cuts for the top will trickle down to all workers increasing tax revenues; the right to work trumps the right to organize; etc. etc. Then, we have already forgotten the Bush tax cuts would shrink the deficit, deregulation of EPA save jobs, FEMA mismanagement works, attempt at Social Security privatization, neocons and wars to spread democracy in the ME. Obama was able to max out the Democratic multicultural constituency for 8 years of treading water while fixing a bankrupt economy and now all those really bad conservative ideas on hiatus have returned with a vengeance.”
Related: Democrats believe Republicans don’t have an alternative to Obamacare because they too know there are political and policy risks associated with committing to an actual plan.
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