Or do you prefer "Grifter Agglutination".
There are so many things I learned from listening to just a leeetle bit of Rick Wilson's podcast.
First, despite the fact that Democrats retaking the House in 2018 happened before the Lincoln Project existed, and despite the fact that there is no evidence that Lincoln Lads moved a single vote in 2020, and despite the fact that they have been mired in scandal and controversy ever since, and despite the fact that their 2020 "Tiki Torch" stunt backfired horribly and may have tipped the Virginia gubernatorial election to Glenn Younkin --
Lincoln Project co-founder: Stunt at Youngkin event ‘recklessly stupid’
Steve Schmidt, the co-founder of the anti-Trump group The Lincoln Project, slammed the recent tiki torch stunt pulled by the organization ahead of the Virginia gubernatorial election, calling it “recklessly stupid.”
“I thought the action was recklessly stupid. It was dishonest and cheap. It is exactly the wrong way to approach the fight against a real fascist movement, against extremist elements. It showed appalling judgment by the day-to-day management and leadership of The Lincoln Project,” Schmidt said on Wednesday during an interview on “America at a Crossroads.”...
-- despite all of that, the Lincoln Project's extremely revised version of history gets more grandiose by the hour. From the trailer for Rick Wilson's The Enemies List
"One thing we proved at the Lincoln Project was a small group of very determined people could change the tide of history."
So, by the driftglass calendar -- hey look! -- they're right on schedule:
And for those credulous Liberals out there who swore they were bedding down with Kevin Costner only to wake up to find it'd been Slippin' Jimmy McGill all along --
Not Left Or Right But ForwardRick Wilson's The Enemies List
Miles Taylor, co-founder of Forward: Really what we want to do is go run genuinely independent candidates, especially in places that are not competitive. So think deep red districts where MAGA has a chokehold over an area of the country, and where Democrats have no hope of beating an extremist.
Taylor: We wanna go run a common sense, principled leader to try to shake those districts up around the country. So really, were excited about that...
Taylor: The last data point I'll provide you is, people are pretty blown away to find out that about 70% of the races in this country are uncontested... That's pretty stupid. That's just pretty fucking stupid.
[In 2022] There are 16 incumbents - 13 Republicans and three Democrats - that have the ballot all to themselves. Their only opposition would be via write-in, where allowed.In 2020, this number was 11, split more evenly with six Republicans and five Democrats.
Taylor: But at the same time, that means teaming up with the Good Guys against the Bad Guys.
Taylor: So...and, right now, the... the Democratic Party is the one that's the bulwark protecting democracy.
Rick Wilson: Well that's... that is, y'know, one of the big... the big challenges of a third party is making sure you're targeting it in a way that doesn't advantage the side that wants to break democracy. That doesn't give, y'know... that doesn't split off uh... and... and give moderate Republicans a place to run to if they should be voting for uh, y'know, uh a Democratic in a competitive seat like that. ... How do you make sure that... that if one side of the political equation right now in the Republican party wants to basically break democracy, how do you not do more damage in that thing. Sounds like you guys are trying to calibrate that in a way that meets that challenge.
Taylor: Well, yeah, it's, y'know, it's the traditional spoiler argument. But you go back to that [misleading, bullshit] stat that I just said. 70% of races are uncontested. The "system" is pretty fucking spoiled as it is. So, y'know, when it comes to the MAGA movement, ideally we would attract a lot of middle-of-the-road Conservatives over to our cause and deprive the GOP of the votes they need to have a MAGA supermajority.
Taylor: And we've been seeing that. We've been seeing disaffected Republicans come our direction in droves.
Taylor: But we're also seeing that with disaffected Democrats. I mean look, there are super, super blue districts that even the Democratic party says, "Oh man, we've gotta get rid of some of these people and put some normal folks in."
Wilson: When folks come to you and say "We don't like what the Republicans here are doing" and "We don't like what the Democrats here are doing" and they ask you the hard question ... "What do you believe in?" ... You can get people to describe their ideological takes in a few sentences for most Republicans and for most Democrats.
David Brooks and the Intellectual Collapse of the Center:...But even if you accept this very strange notion of the political alignment in Trump’s Washington, it raises a question Brooks is not prepared to answer. If his objection on the left lies with the “Sanders socialism,” then isn’t there an appealing centrist lying to the right of that? A moderate who favors market-oriented solutions that bring together business and labor, who welcomes empiricism, and is willing to compromise? A politician who has led the Democratic party for the last eight years and, in fact, is still the sitting president of the United States right now?
One might think so. But Brooks spent the last eight years defining the center as something Obama was not. It didn’t matter that Obama supported a health-care plan first devised by Mitt Romney, or a cap-and-trade plan endorsed by John McCain. Brooks nestled himself into the territory between Obama and the angry, no-compromise Republicans who were shutting down government and boycotting all negotiations with the president. If Obama endorsed the policies Brooks preferred, he would simply pretend that Obama had not proposed them. Indeed, one of the most common genres of David Brooks column was a sad lament that neither party would endorse policies that in fact Obama had explicitly and publicly called for...
Wilson: I think the type of voters you're talking about are the types we've targeted at Lincoln for the past three years. ... But there is a frustration growing -- and this is a frustration that both parties, y'know, have a responsibility for -- that both parties have become this sort of like code-worded only, Burger King versus McDonald's fight. It's Cokes versus Pepsi... And while there's an entertainment complex built up pushing both those narratives, it's unsatisfactory with a lot of people.
Wilson [after talking about how ludicrous and destructive the re-invented GOP is with hobgoblins like Boebert and Greene leading the way]: The loudest voice in the room They're going to scream louder. They're going to cause more trouble. They're going to engage in the "owning of the Libs". The ritual bullshit and all that. And... and, look, The Squad on the other side is... is... plays a similar...
Wilson: And I'm not a Both Sidesism guy! I'm really not! But I know as a former Republican strategist, that every day that the Squad is talking it's a gift for the Republican party to the normies still in the GOP.
Wilson: You're told, if you wanna be in this party you've gotta all this crazy shit. Right now, if you want to be a Republican you have to say January 6th was a tourist visit and Donald Trump is the legitimate president and Joe Biden cheated to win. You have to say that essentially.
Wilson: And I think that those shit-tests that go on inside both parties now...
Taylor: I would stake out a different position than you a little bit on the Both Sidesism. I am a Both Sideser. Not that both sides are equally as bad at the moment. Certainly my [very recently] former party, the Republican Party, represents the greatest threat to democracy... But very close friends at the highest levels of the Biden White House have said they have a deep-seated fear...
"Listen to find out who Rick is blasting this episode"!!!
"Rick puts someone on The Enemies List and calls it a permanent entry. Listen to find out who"!!!
"Listen to find out who Rick is targeting for the list"!!!
"Rick adds another group to The Enemies List. Listen to find out who."!!!
"Rick has a double entry on this episode's Enemies List. Listen to find out who is the lucky pair."!!!
"Listen to find out who Rick is targeting for the list."!!!
"And, of course, you won't want to miss who gets put on The Enemies List."!!!
"Rick adds another name to The Enemies List. Listen to find out who makes the unfortunate cut this episode." !!!
Always you and your damn facts!
Love the photo of Wilson with boxing gloves at the end.
Great work DG!
From what I have heard on the internet, so it must be true is,
If it wasn't for George Santos being there to make Rick what he is today. We would never have a Rick.
And Anthony Daalder is the one that created Rick's popular , "enemies List" his listeners /followers so enjoy.
For a long time, the GOP has been all about enemies.
Vote for me because I hate _____ (fill in the blank).
As the issues or people to draw the hateful Ire was fed to the minions by FOX and people like Rick and 2 shirt Bannon topes.
It rose to prominence when GW Bush and his trusty Cheney, Dick told the world, " If you are not with us. You are against us".
And this meant everything you must be for such as Torturing suspects and their young children. Even torture their wives who carry the unborn. Those unborn Islo-terrorists to be have a lot of information to painfully get out of them.
I can't wait to see the candidates put forth by the Forward Party in 2024. They will have candidates, won't they?
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