Politics, Arizona 

I just saw some analysis about the Republican Party's chances in Arizona, and why they are so dismal. How, in fact, it's looking like Arizona might be changing to a 'Blue State' permanently.

And it's all Trump's fault.

Why? The Arizona GOP was about McCain for generations; a moderate and a 'maverick' who pulled votes from both sides and who had lots of other Arizona Republican politicians riding on his coat tails.

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Politics, Arizona 

McCain succeeded there because, basically, Arizona is full of moderate voters. And momentum was enough to power the local GOP through 2016 and (albeit slowing down) 2018.

But Trump is an enormous ass, entirely unable to read the room, and he turned off a lot of Arizona voters with his attacks on McCain's character (pot/kettle) and his policies. After McCain's death the Arizona GOP got fully on board the Trump Train.

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Which left the McCain voters no where else to turn but the Democrats. And then the Democrats nominated Biden; a moderate and a known quantity.

Perhaps we'll see a similar pattern throughout the US: moderate Republicans flocking to the Democrats. After all, in all truth the Democrat leadership are center-right moderates and would welcome any bulwark against their own left.

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Politics, Arizona 

My dream outcome here? The Democrat party becomes the new right. The Republicans wither away into a far-right party of cranks.

And the actual liberals in the Democratic party split off and form a real honest-to-god Progressive alternative to the party of Pelosi and the Clintons.

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