Alt-Right
The media is suddenly obsessed with 'Alt-Right, as FoxNews reporter Howard Kurtz says in the article below. The term "has been wildly popular for the last 10 minutes". The Washington Post said it this way; A whole lot has been written lately about the alt-right, that insurgent, Internet-born identity movement that seems dead-set on swallowing the Republican party whole. Brietbart defines the alt-right this way. The alternative right, more commonly known as the alt-right, is an amorphous movement. Some — mostly Establishment types — insist it’s little more than a vehicle for the worst dregs of human society: anti-Semites, white supremacists, and other members of the Stormfront set. They’re wrong. Previously an obscure subculture, the alt-right burst onto the national political scene in 2015. Although initially small in number, the alt-right has a youthful energy and jarring, taboo-defying rhetoric that have boosted its membership and made it impossible to ignore. It has already triggered a string of fearful op-eds and hit pieces from both Left and Right: Lefties dismiss it as racist, while the conservative press, always desperate to avoid charges of bigotry from the Left, has thrown these young readers and voters to the wolves as well. This shows the impact of the mainstream media in picking up on negative images and then turning them into something to be used against conservative candidate and now president -elect Trump. Are right wing fringe groups worse than left -wing fringe groups which get little or no reporting?

What did Jeff Flake do for the GOP in the Senate?

10/25/17
from The Gray Area:
10/24/17:

Why couldn't Jeff Flake take to the floor of the Senate when Obama was President to make such statements of outrage and duty?

When Obama said his objectives were to redistribute wealth and fundamentally change the country, why didn't Jeff Flake stand up then?

When Obama lied to the American people about the purpose and details of Obamacare, why didn't Jeff Flake stand up then?

When Obama lied to the American people about Benghazi, why didn't Jeff flake stand up then?

When Obama used his administration and the compliant media to cover up scandal after scandal, authoritarian rules and regulations and unconstitutional legislation, why didn't Jeff Flake stand up then?

Look at this list of what he did vote for during the Obama years.

The Republican Party has been incompetent for over 20 years, and the bodies being left by the road now, Flake, Corker, McCain, Murkowski, Collins and others, are examples of that incompetence. It is embarrassing to be called out for that incompetence, so he is blaming others, not himself.

When Obama was president, all Flake had to do was show up as a Republican. He didn't have to do anything. Now he has to make the tough decisions he was sent there by his constituents to make, and he quits.

While Democrats look for a message and a leader, Republicans battle over victory. A necessary upheaval in our politics that occurs every couple of generations.

More from the Wall Street Journal.

from The Wall Street Journal,
10/24/17:

Sen. Flake’s remarks and war of words between the president and Sen. Corker spotlight a widening crack among Republicans.

The fault lines within the Republican Party cracked further on Tuesday as feuding between President Donald Trump and senators intensified within the U.S. Capitol, and anti-establishment activists claimed political momentum outside of it. Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, in a speech where he announced he wouldn’t seek re-election, sharply criticized Mr. Trump, declaring himself unwilling to follow the lead of a president whose behavior in office is “not normal” and “dangerous to a democracy.”

Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker engaged in another war of words with Mr. Trump and said he regretted his support for Mr. Trump’s White House campaign.

The criticism highlighted an escalating battle for control of the party between its elected leaders and activists, including former White House adviser Steve Bannon, who has pledged to wage “war” on GOP incumbents. Conservative activists seeking to replace Mr. Flake with a White House ally hailed his decision to forgo a second Senate term as a victory. Mr. Corker, who has spoken about using his perch as a Senate committee chairman to target the president’s policies, announced last month that he wouldn’t seek a third term.

The outsiders say they feel momentum is with them for now. “Our movement will defeat you in primaries, or force you to retire,” Mr. Bannon said in an interview. “The days of establishment Republicans who oppose the people’s ‘America First’ agenda are numbered.” Just last month, former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, a Bannon-backed candidate, scored a primary upset against incumbent Sen. Luther Strange, who was backed by much of the party’s establishment including Mr. Trump. There are risks, though, to going after incumbents. In 2010, Republicans had hopes to retake control of the Senate. But the activist wing nominated some of their own candidates for seats in Nevada and Delaware only to see the Democrats win in the fall election.

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