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It Was All a Lie: Trump as symptom not cause of Republican decline

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Cue the shills.  I fucking told you Trump was a symptom, now here's someone who knows saying the same thing.

It Was All a Lie review: Trump as symptom not cause of Republican decline

Stuart Stevens’ It Was All a Lie is a sustained attack, both jeremiad and confession, on the Republican party he served for 40 years. His is the hand at Belshazzar’s political feast: “All of these immutable truths turned out to be marketing slogans. None of it meant anything. I was the guy working for Bernie Madoff who actually thought we were really smart and just crushing the market.”

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Stevens, a consultant, is refreshingly frank about his role and responsibility. “Blame me,” he writes, adding: “I had been lying to myself for decades.” He seeks a new leaf on a “crazy idea that a return to personal responsibility begins with personal responsibility”.

Unsurprisingly, he starts with race, “the original Republican sin … the key in which much of American politics and certainly all of southern politics was played.” Since the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Republicans have had difficulty appealing to African American voters. Stevens is not surprised.

“What happens if you spend decades focused on appealing to white voters and treating non-white voters with, at best, benign neglect? You get good at doing what it takes to appeal to white voters.” How, for instance, does a black person hear an “avowed hatred of government”?

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Yes the entire R party is culpable, just like the concentration camp guards some 75 years ago they will claim they were just following orders who will take the hit for the team?

Who’s gonna go down for the 150k plus dead.

You can guarantee it will not be Donnie.let the finger-pointing and backstabbing begin.

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I'll likely read that book, but it's a well-worn genre by now - Confessions of a woke Reichista - 

Going back to at least Kevin Phillips . . 

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So Stevens worked for Madoff and the Republicans and now says "I didn't know"?

Sounds very much like Speer.

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Lots and lots of Shultzes around :rolleyes:

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To be fair re: Madoff, lots and lots of people thought he had access to inside information, so they knew he was a crook, they just didn't know what KIND of crook.

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