Wednesday, March 16, 2016
It's time to stop treating him like a phenomenon. He is a creature of the forces that created the modern Republican establishment, which arranged the party's centers of power in such a fashion that, sooner or later, a demagogue like He, Trump was going to emerge to hijack the party. Every time George H.W. Bush listened to Lee Atwater, and every time his son listened to Karl Rove, they helped hasten the day when He, Trump would force the party to reckon with the choices it had made. Every time they finagled the vote, in Florida in 2000 or in Ohio four years later, they hastened the day when there would be no coherent institutional moral force to bring to bear against a candidate whose entire platform is that He is Trump, you're not, and neither are these other losers, and also winning! Every time they ginned up fear and hatred for the purposes of winning elections, and then turned it off once the voting was over, they hastened the day when the relief valves would break down entirely and the people would find someone who promised to carry their fear and their hatred into office with him and convert them into public policy. It's a little late now for regrets, I'm thinking.
Posted by Michael at 8:22 PM