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    As we gear up for the Republican Convention tonight, where Trump will bizarrely be the keynote speaker for all four nights, I think this article on the GOP platform (or lack of one) is interesting...

    As we gear up for the Republican Convention tonight, where Trump will bizarrely be the keynote speaker for all four nights, I think this article on the GOP platform (or lack of one) is interesting in detailing how we got here. The top reason raised is that Trump just doesn't care about actual policies and is more interested in slogans and "values", namely nationalism and nativism.

    I think what is probably the most important part of this article is the ending discussion on what is needed to get the Republican party to shift towards a more moderate lane that could appeal to the broader electorate rather than the declining segment of old, white racist men that it relies on today.

    What would get Republicans to change, to adapt, to grow, to develop new ideas? Political scientists, polling experts, and policy wonks all said the same thing: losing. Soundly. Badly. Repeatedly.

    Republican moderation won’t happen in a vacuum: Voters will still face a choice between Republicans and Democrats. As the Republican Party has thinned and narrowed and moved to the right, the Democratic Party has swelled and stretched; as the Republican Party has given up on policy, the Democratic Party has entered a period of almost ludicrous technocratic fecundity. Biden’s campaign is currently offering up 46 separate policy documents, to Trump’s zero. Its coalition spans from Democratic Socialists to neoliberal moderates, and includes both Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and George W. Bush’s secretary of state, Colin Powell, who spoke at the Democratic National Convention.

    Republicans just might have the chance to figure things out, given where Trump is in the polls. Some show him losing Texas, others Georgia. Stevens described this year as a “Chernobyl moment” for the GOP, and said he suspects we’re in for a “long spell” of center-left government.

    I have said it elsewhere, but it bears repeating. This election is incredibly important. We need to have incredibly high turnout and an absolute resounding rejection of Trumpism. All moderates, liberals, and leftists need to come together to vote in Biden this year no matter what state you live in. As this article notes, even Texas and Georgia may be in play this year. This is our opportunity to start shifting this country in the right direction and we need to do everything we can to win this election.

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