Thursday, January 28, 2016

Free Republic Caucus

Freeper DoughtyOne is doing something I do not recall happening in 2012 or 2008 - he's taking a straw poll of which candidates Freepers support, and using some scripting to graph it daily.

It's super unscientific, but pretty interesting nonetheless:



I wonder what happened Sunday to stem the Freeper flight to Trump?

Regardless, this will be pretty fun to monitor as the primaries continue!

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  1. I think Sunday was the interview where Trump talked about making nice with dems

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  2. I will laugh if Trump wins the nomination, then announces he's fine with abortion and same-sex marriage. Freeper heads will explode. The Cruz supporters will go full-on "I told you so".

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    1. He has already gone on record saying same sex marriage is the law of the land, many Freepers agree and don't care as long as he builds the wall and kicks out all the brown people.

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  3. Did he have to make almost every dot a shade of navy blue or dark green? What a crappy graph.

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  4. I've been watching the folks over at FR for a long time (which is why it's great to see this website). I don't think we've ever seen anything like what's been going on at FR since the website's inception.

    FR has decided to compromise their principles for a guy that was on television.

    Think about that! They attacked people like McCain in 2008, Romney for being a flip-flop in 2012, even Sarah Palin has come in their crosshairs of crazy!

    The reason? They think they'll win a sizable amount of independents and "Regan Democrats" with a guy like Trump!

    These were once principled (yet crazy) Conservatives who are now deciding to go with a guy who once invited Clinton to his wedding?!? Do I have to remind you how blasphemous that would have been to the (arguably) "moderate" Conservatives of the late 1990s?

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    1. I really think the reason they connect with Trump so well is because deep down he's just a blustery bully.

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    2. Considering that "Obamacare" (y'know, the most evil thing ever) was practically what Republicans proposed as an alternative to completley socialized medicine in the mid 90's, and they willfully forget that, I'm sadly not surprised.

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    3. Considering that "Obamacare" (y'know, the most evil thing ever) was practically what Republicans proposed as an alternative to completley socialized medicine in the mid 90's, and they willfully forget that, I'm sadly not surprised.

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  5. Why I am doing homework so late?

    But yea, they are not compromising their principles for Trump. Their precious principles are just tribal markers. They hated Romney and McCain because they weren't rabid assholes. I enjoy Trump's success because he is showing how many Republicans don't actually give a shit about liberty or being conservative.

    They care about the constitution like they care about the Bible. It's something only they understand, and if you deviate from their hateful bigotry, you clearly don't understand them. They don't care that Trump is phony, they appreciate he is an asshole. They're bigots first, and religion, conservatism, are just window dressing to make sure the right people are allowed and the rest can fuck off.

    If it was made so that we could have a total socialist government, made sure it was only for certain white people, gave it the proper language, they would fucking love it.

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  6. That's why Euros compare him to Mussolini or Franco. Trump is basically a Fascist. NOT in the knee jerk Boogeyman/Hitler/Generic Insult sense, but in the real sense of an Authoritarian Nationalist.

    Trump will (allegedly) "make America great again" (Mussolini). He'll protect traditional values (Franco). He taps into the frustrations of "Patriots" (low tar Fascism, by definition) and people with a psycho-sexual fetish for armed militias, men in uniforms and euphoric rallies (over half the population).

    People have forgotten what Fascism is. It isn't Right Wing, it isn't Conservative and it isn't inherently Genocidal. It is about authoritarian leaders of highly patriotic countries with xenophobic and supremacist tendencies. "American Exceptionalism" in a nutshell. Just add Trump.

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    1. And it never ends well.

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  7. I think this has been done before, sorta.
    IIRC, in 2008, there was an ongoing poll in the bottom right-hand corner of the front page asking Freepers who they'd be willing to vote for.
    I always suspected (but who knows?) that the results were used to purge Rudy Guiliani fans.

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