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Old 02-11-2019, 08:19 PM
 
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Long profile of a decent-sounding guy.



Letter from Washington: Ryan Costello
Ryan Costello, a centrist wonk, ran for Congress to solve problems, but his colleagues fell in line with Trump's parade of resentment
By George Packer

Ryan Costello came to Washington the old-fashioned way. Growing up in Chester County, Pennsylvania, in a family of educators, he imagined government service to be like the Norman Rockwell painting of a farmer standing up at a town-hall meeting: a noble calling. By the time Costello turned twenty-one, in 1997, he wanted to be a congressman.

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Old 02-12-2019, 07:42 AM
 
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LOL if the left-wing New Yorker magazine likes him then how "moderate" can he be?
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Old 02-12-2019, 08:43 AM
 
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LOL if the left-wing New Yorker magazine likes him then how "moderate" can he be?
Costello was absolutely a moderate. It's just that the Republican party has taken such a hard-right turn in recent years, its members have completely forgotten what the word "moderate" actually means. Quite sad that Costello represents a dying breed. Dick Thornburgh, Arlen Specter, and Tom Ridge were all quintessential PA moderates, too. But they no longer have a place in today's GOP.
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Old 02-12-2019, 09:10 AM
 
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Costello was absolutely a moderate. It's just that the Republican party has taken such a hard-right turn in recent years, its members have completely forgotten what the word "moderate" actually means. Quite sad that Costello represents a dying breed. Dick Thornburgh, Arlen Specter, and Tom Ridge were all quintessential PA moderates, too. But they no longer have a place in today's GOP.

We could argue all day whether the Democrats are more hard-left or the Republicans are more hard-right.


Actually we're seeing a re-alignment of the parties. The Republicans are now the party of the coal miners and oil field workers, while the Democrats are becoming the party of corporations, millionaires and billionaires.


This sort of re-alignment has happened before. Back in the mid 20th century the South was solidly Democrat while New England was solidly Republican. That changed during the 80's.
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Old 02-12-2019, 09:40 AM
 
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Good article.

Costello is a standup guy and he certainly is a moderate. I've met him through my job, and he always took pains to understand and ask questions about our concerns about the community and as an organization. What he was not in Congress was a representative who blindly followed his party's more radical fringes.
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Old 02-12-2019, 09:52 AM
 
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Actually we're seeing a re-alignment of the parties. The Republicans are now the party of the coal miners and oil field workers, while the Democrats are becoming the party of corporations, millionaires and billionaires.

This sort of re-alignment has happened before. Back in the mid 20th century the South was solidly Democrat while New England was solidly Republican. That changed during the 80's.
True; political re-alignment is nothing new. And yes, the white working class has now fallen hard for the GOP. But make no mistake, it's not because Republicans have their best interest at heart, and the GOP is as puppeteered by corporate/billionaire interests now more than ever before. It's just that they've perfected the art of duping the white working class with race-baiting and the "culture war."

The current resident of the White House is as "silver spoon" as they come.
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Old 02-12-2019, 09:52 AM
 
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We could argue all day whether the Democrats are more hard-left or the Republicans are more hard-right.


Actually we're seeing a re-alignment of the parties. The Republicans are now the party of the coal mine and oil field owners and shareholders, while the Democrats are becoming the party of corporations, millionaires and billionaires.


This sort of re-alignment has happened before. Back in the mid 20th century the South was solidly Democrat while New England was solidly Republican. That changed during the 80's.
I fixed that for you, sorta To be honest, both parties are the party of corporations, millionaires and billionaires overall, though with a lot of personal variation. That won't change much until there is actually substantial campaign finance reform. It's pretty insane to have a democratic system where corporations and individuals can essentially make campaign donations to a candidate and then that candidate can vote on issues that are of particular interest to the donor.

The shift was also sort of a more protracted affair than a flip in the 80s as there was a lot of back and forth. And of course, the platform of the two parties did shift and do horse trades for various issues as did mainstream American society as a whole.

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Old 02-12-2019, 09:54 AM
 
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We could argue all day whether the Democrats are more hard-left or the Republicans are more hard-right.


Actually we're seeing a re-alignment of the parties. The Republicans are now the party of the coal miners and oil field workers, while the Democrats are becoming the party of corporations, millionaires and billionaires.


This sort of re-alignment has happened before. Back in the mid 20th century the South was solidly Democrat while New England was solidly Republican. That changed during the 80's.
What the hell kind of history books are you reading? lmao
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Old 02-12-2019, 01:08 PM
 
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Costello was absolutely a moderate. It's just that the Republican party has taken such a hard-right turn in recent years, its members have completely forgotten what the word "moderate" actually means. Quite sad that Costello represents a dying breed. Dick Thornburgh, Arlen Specter, and Tom Ridge were all quintessential PA moderates, too. But they no longer have a place in today's GOP.
You are probably remembering that Specter left the Republican Party and became a Democrat. He likely heard "rino" too many times.
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Old 02-12-2019, 01:12 PM
 
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And yes, the white working class has now fallen hard for the GOP. But make no mistake, it's not because Republicans have their best interest at heart, ...


Again, I can say the same thing for the non-white working class falling for the Democrats as they play one ethnic group against the other. Nothing new here.
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