But alienating the middle,
who are getting tired of this Schitt
For those of you who spell it Faux News, Chris Wallace is a true journalist. (As are Bret Baier and Shepard Smith.) In his interview that aired Sunday, he pushed President Trump hard on skipping the Meuse-Argonne cemetery and the traditional visit to America’s Tomb of the Unknown soldier on Veterans Day — among other issues. (Unlike a certain CNN grandstander, Wallace was polite.)
It was despicable that Trump would take off on Admiral McRaven for not taking out bin Laden sooner. (“He’s a Hillary supporter.”) Has there been a more personally insecure man in the White House than Donald Trump?
Yes, the Lord High Commissioner of the Policy Werkes blows hot and cold on Trump — likes his politics (for the most part) but despises his personal pettiness. (Yes, the incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is a real Schitt but destroy him with wit and aplomb, not unpresidential profanity. )
The UK has this figured out: a prime minister does the politics and a monarch conducts the ceremonies that glue a nation together.
Trump the blunt instrument came along at the right time, when the conservative cause was beginning to slide into Gerald Ford /George Bush me-too-ism, afraid to confront the most dangerous threat to American democracy since Communism. That would be identity politics.
Like Marxism, identity politics robs individuality and everything human that goes with it: accountability, responsibility, agency, and personal dignity. It subsumes individual identity into classes — types — based on such externalities as race, gender, age, economic status, etc. All are helpless victims of The System, dependent on the saving graces of Big Gummint. Think Obama’s “Life of Julia.”
There are no finer essayists writing today than Joseph Epstein, a University of Chicago professor and frequent contributor to the Weekly Standard. He explains that:
“Americans turned to Trump to roll back the progressive tide.”
(“He’s a wall against the wave.”)
… the progressivism that edges into socialism, that is said to attract the young, that promises a newer, kinder America … exalts identity politics and has no argument with political correctness. As one looks upon the people who attend Mr. Trump’s rallies, one sees the faces not of Hillary Clinton’s “deplorables” but of the proletariat out of which Karl Marx’s dictatorship was supposed to derive. Yet these people, despite the progressives’ promises to them of free Medicare, free college tuition, and the rest, want nothing to do with Sens. Warren, Sanders, Booker & Co. Quite the reverse: They loathe them.
The man who attends a Trump rally turns on his television set and that night’s news leads off with a Black Lives Matter protest in his city. If that city is Chicago, he might recall that this year some 2,619 people have been shot, 475 shot and killed, the preponderance of these being black people shot by black youth gangs. If it is another city, there is a distinct possibility, as fairly often in the past, that the protest will lead to looting of nearby shops. Al Sharpton, nattily turned out, is likely to have flown in for the festivities to remind everyone about the world’s injustice. …
A number of highly intelligent Trump supporters I know are perfectly willing to acknowledge the president’s manifold flaws. They voted for him, and probably will again, because he is not Hillary or Barack Obama or Chuck Schumer. …
The pull to the left of the Democratic Party is Donald Trump’s greatest hope for re-election, while Mr. Trump’s behavior is the greatest force pulling Democrats still further to the left. …
Do not discount incumbent fatigue
Trump will not always have Hillary Clinton (although she seems to have other fantasies.) Democrats may just be smart enough to nominate a Jon Tester or Tammy Duckwirth instead of an Elizabeth Warren or a Cory Booker.
But Trump the needy narcissist is eating his seed corn. He is pissing off the military. (That started with dissing John McCain’s heroism). His casual brutality and general loucheness (he is the loucheness monster) is losing the suburbs. Republicans under-performed even in Wisconsin’s WOW counties in this month’s mid-terms. Hellz Bellz, Trump lost Orange County, California. Reagan country!
The party will never say no to an elected incumbent who wants a second term. Hasn’t done so since Franklin Pierce, a Democrat, in 1856. So, one hopes Donald Trump will announce victory and retire to Mar-a-Lago to be succeeded by another candidate in the mold of Ronald Reagan and Tommy Thompson. A happy warrior with the courage of Churchill and the principles of Bill Buckley. (Where is Stan Lee when we need him!)
As for now, Epstein laments, “Politics has rarely seemed so dismal.”
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