The 2016 WHannabe race is a showdown between the Richpublicans and the Ragepublicans. Nikki Haley’s State of the Union Response spoke for the Richpublicans … and the Ragepublicans are outraged…. (More)

“It is a club that they don’t want a whole lot of people joining”

So raged Rush Limbaugh in response to Gov. Nikki Haley’s official GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address:

Haley “goes after the loud voices, the angry voices and that could be anybody. And she admits today that she was talking about Trump, to a lesser extent Cruz. She also means talk radio, she also means the conservative base and don’t believe anything other than that,” Limbaugh claimed. “But here’s the thing folks, this is to me one of the greatest bits of evidence that the Republican party is not just anti conservative but it is very much pro elite. It is a club that they don’t want a whole lot of people joining.”

Limbaugh puts a lot of stock in a Mercury Analytics poll that found 20% of Democrats would vote for Donald Trump. In case you’re curious, the same poll found 14% of Republicans would vote for Hillary Clinton. Regardless, Limbaugh claims that poll means Trump has broad appeal:

“Trump support comes from all over the spectrum is the point. Which is what I always thought the Republican Party said was their objective. And this is why they do various things in Washington because they very openly say we can’t win the president with just Republican votes alone. There aren’t enough of them. We got to go out and we got to peel off some Democrats, we got to peel off some independents.”

In fact Trump’s support is almost entirely white. Indeed a map of Trump’s support almost precisely matches a map of racially-charged Google searches. So by “all over the spectrum,” Limbaugh really means “all kinds of angry white supremacists.”

“Trump should deport Nikki Haley”

Call them the Ragepublicans, and Limbaugh isn’t their only mouthpiece. In fact Ann Coulter says Nikki Haley should be deported:

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter was angered on Tuesday night by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s Republican response to the State of the Union address, in which the governor criticized some conservative rhetoric about immigrants.

In a series of tweets, Coulter bashed Haley and suggested that Donald Trump deport the governor, who is the daughter of Indian immigrants.

Coulter also wasn’t impressed with Haley’s call for the GOP’s raging white supremacist base to “turn down the volume”:

“Far more common than you might think”

Coulter, Limbaugh, and other Ragepublicans want the Sailer Strategy, for the GOP to be the “white party” – with white supremacy an explicit plank of the platform – and win elections with only white votes. But Ragepublicans like Limbaugh also lead and feed the white male rage against women. They want not just white supremacy … but white male supremacy.

That’s a problem, because white men are only 36% of the U.S. population. Even if 90% of white men backed Trump, that’s only 32.4% of voters. For the Ragepublican Sailer Strategy to work, they need at least half of white women – who are 36% of the U.S. population, so half would be roughly 18% of voters – to join the cause white male supremacy. That means half of white women must either: (1) value white supremacy over equality for women; or, (2) actively support male dominance.

The former is simply a matter of priorities. Sure, it would be nice if women were equal, but not if that means letting people of color dominate whites. And for Ragepublicans, equal opportunity for people of color means “white genocide.”

As for the latter, well, there’s a reason Fifty Shades of Grey was so popular. In fact bondage-discipline-slave-master (BDSM) toys are very popular in American bedrooms:

It turns out that Americans are actually far more into BDSM than the rest of the world seems to be. According to a 2005 survey by Durex, 36 percent of adults in the United States use masks, blindfolds and bondage tools during sex. Worldwide that number is only 20 percent. Melanie Berliet at Pacific Standard reports that the trend isn’t new, either – a study from 1953 found that 55 percent of women and 50 percent of men liked being bitten, and a 1999 study said that 65 percent of university students dream about being tied up.

Of course there’s not a one-to-one correspondence between women who enjoy BDSM at home and women who think men should dominate society. But enough do that Mitt “Binders Full of Women” Romney won 56% of white women’s votes in 2012.

So getting half of white women (18% of the overall vote) isn’t the Ragepublicans’ problem. Their problem is that Romney won only 62% of white men. That’s nowhere near the 90% of white men (32.4% of the overall vote) they need to reach a majority with only white votes. Limbaugh, Coulter, and other Ragepublicans are sure they could get there … if only the GOP ran a ‘real conservative’ with the ‘courage’ to reject ‘political correctness.’ That is, to explicitly pitch white male supremacy.

“A time of threats like few others in recent memory”

And as the Washington Post’s James Downie explained, Haley’s own rhetoric fanned those same flames:

Frankly, though, Haley and company shouldn’t be surprised. Though her speech may not have been as hyperbolic, it still subtly fed the fears that sustain that “Make America Great Again” anger. There is “chaotic unrest in many of our cities,” she said. America faces “the most dangerous terrorist threat our nation has seen since September 11th, and this president appears either unwilling or unable to deal with it.” Democrats are “demonizing” American success. In short, Haley said, “we live in a time of threats like few others in recent memory.”

The “chaotic unrest in many of our cities” is, of course, an appeal to white fright against the Black Lives Matter movement. And despite Haley’s criticism of Trump’s Islamophobia, I’m pretty sure “the most dangerous terrorist threat our nation has since September 11th” did not mean angry white gunmen spraying death at black churches and Planned Parenthood clinics, or angry white gunmen seizing a government building in Oregon. I’m just sayin’.

If all of these things are true, and if as Haley said, the GOP must admit that it has “played a role in how and why our government is broken,” why should the conservative base trust the Republican establishment? Why shouldn’t they be fearful of where the United States is going? Isn’t anyone not standing firm against such “threats” endangering America?

“We live in a time of threats like few others in recent memory” doesn’t become magically less fear-inducing when spoken rather than shouted, or when mixed in with promises of lower taxes. The message is still the same: Be afraid. That fear and the anger from the GOP establishment’s apparent complacency are the reasons behind the strength of Trump, Cruz and others. Platitudes from Nikki Haley and others won’t stop that fear as long as they keep feeding it.

Richpublicans, the GOP’s Wall Street wing, know they can’t win without Ragepublicans. That’s why Haley made the same racially-charged pitch in her own speech. Their worry is not that Trump is pitching white male supremacy. Their worry is that Trump is pitching white male supremacy too loudly.

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