Saturday, June 25, 2016

United States to leave European Union ...

... and other assorted Republican fantasies for your reading pleasure.

Steve Benen (MSNBC/MaddowBlog) reports that various Republicans see Brexit as a model for this country. That group includes such sharp tacks as Sarah Palin, Jeff Sessions, and Ted Cruz.

The parallels are not precise, but they exist. In the Brexit vote in the U.K., younger voters overwhelmingly voted “Remain,” while older voters voted “Leave.” The more education a British voter had, the more likely he or she was to want to stay in the European Union. Voters in urban areas generally backed remaining in the E.U.; voters in rural areas did not.

You probably see where I’m going with this: the demographics of the Brexit vote had some noticeable similarities to the kind of left-right divide we see in the United States. It’s contributed, as we discussed earlier, to observers drawing a nationalistic line between Brexit supporters in the U.K. and Donald Trump supporters in the U.S.

... The far-right Alabaman, arguably Trump’s closest congressional ally, issued a lengthy statement with an all-caps headline that read, “Now it’s America’s turn.” Sessions applauded Britons who cast a “strong vote … not out of fear and pique but out of love for country and pride of place.”

Former half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) published a bizarre online harangue that began, “When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another. The UK knew – it was that time. And now is that time in the USA. The Brexit referendum is akin to our own Declaration of Independence. May that refreshed spirit of sovereignty spread over the pond to America’s shores!”

I swear I’m not making this up

Oddly, none of these Republicans mentioned immigration, which seems like the easiest and most obvious explanation for the Brexit results. Why not just acknowledge what it is about this vote that the right is most eager to celebrate?

For more along these lines see the Blue Meanie's post at Blog for Arizona and Jonah Goldberg's op-ed in this morning's Daily Star.

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