Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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TPM Reader DL thinks my whole premise is wrong …

Josh wrote this in his blog entry on the Intra-Dem divide:

“But the reality is that simple math tells you that some significant number of white voters who were activated by racist appeals need to be won back to turn back the tide of Trumpism. This has the certainty of math.”

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Probably not surprisingly I got a large number of responses to my post this morning on the intra-Democratic divide. These were responses to that post and also my post from other the weekend responding to the Coates’ piece in The Atlantic. I’m going to try to publish a number of them this evening. They run the gamut. I don’t agree or disagree with particular ones. But I think the breadth of opinions and insights are worth absorbing.

Here’s Part 2 of my conversation with Professor Stephen Shoemaker about his book The Death of a Prophet on the origins of Islam. If you missed Part 1, you can listen to it here. As I noted when we ran the first episode, this is one of the most interesting historical works I’ve read in some time.

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Over the weekend I dipped into the debate within the Democratic party and the left side of the political spectrum over the meaning of Trumpism and the path forward to defeat it. As I noted, I’m pretty clearly on the side that sees Trump and Trumpism as fundamentally about race and racial backlash. It’s not solely about that. It’s also about rural areas versus cities, it’s about Christianity, it’s about sexual traditionalism. But fundamentally it is about race. That’s my take and the take of many others.

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I noted yesterday what I think should be obvious: that there is no ‘bipartisan path’. Beyond that, it’s quite something to see how rapidly a number of mainstream media voices have moved from Trump as far-right ideologue putting racist revanchism at the center of statecraft to Trump as post-ideological, pragmatic dealmaker. Serious, what are you people thinking?

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It’s quite a moment. Last month Benjamin Netanyahu’s son Yair said that the the Antifa and BLM “thugs” at Charlottesville were a bigger threat than the Nazis and alt-righters. Now he’s gone all in and posted an actual anti-Semitic meme on Facebook. 

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