Tidbit: Fox News Chairman, Roger Ailes probably wrote the release dumping on Trump himself.
More from my American friend (the Political Animal):
The pompous, self-serious “Against Trump” issue, recently published by National Review with all the political acumen of a Versailles courtier circa 1788, was worse than a failure.
Not only did the dozen plus small essays by various conservative intellectuals fail to persuade, the hive mind of resistance to Trump it embodied, mostly predicated on which writer could outdo the other in saying truly ghastly things about his supporters, was a phenomenon usually seen on the Left in America.
Consequently, the average republican or conservative (the two have not been synonymous for some time) who doesn’t read National Review was left to see this eruption of bile as more of the same from the entrenched, special pleading interests that Trump has been savaging since the moment he first announced in June of 2015.
As for those who do read National Review, they remain a small and objectively un-influential group: the magazine has lost subscribers every year since 2010. Robust the publication is not.
One would have thought that people who consider themselves both well read and astute would have been able to grasp the larger contours of the zeitgeist but, apparently, such is the depth of their revulsion to Trump’s so far successful attempt to storm the political beaches, that they are unable to offer a substantive analysis as to why and how he has come this far, let alone what it might portend in the future.
It’s difficult to overstate how stale and out of date almost every approach to politics and to political media coverage has become & how quickly.
As I’ve said before, the old metrics are of almost zero application to the current political landscape. Winning most the votes is still valid but how to do so in the face of Donald Trump is not at all clear, certainly not when he appears poised to win Iowa tonight and with it, as they say, run the table. Myself, I see no problem with Trump coming in a close second and still sweeping the next set of primaries.
Iowa has a poor track record in predicting the eventual nominee. Who else but Trump would point that out to them? He says things like “Iowa, you haven’t picked a winner in sixteen years. Pick me. I’m going to win.” Does politics get any more direct or effective?
Withdrawing from the last FOX television debate hurt Trump not at all. This the polling from the Des Moines Register newspaper in Iowa seems to have confirmed to everyone’s satisfaction.
It wasn’t at all clear that this would be the result, however, when Trump walked out after a gratuitously insulting press release was issued by FOX. It’s commonly accepted that no less than it’s Chairman, Roger Ailes, personally wrote the offending release.
When someone as wily as Ailes gets Trump wrong as a candidate, and massively so, rest assured lesser lights in the media and the commentariat do as well, only more so.
When things in politics, or culture, or life in general become repetitive we often say “We’ve seen that movie.”
At long last, the Trump movie is premiering tonight and over the next several months. We’ve never seen anything like it.
Reality check: Movement conservatives seemingly accept no responsibility for the vast failure of their movement that enabled Trump to exert so much influence.
When was the last time people like the movement conservatives ever protected the Americans wittering meekly that they didn’t want to be totally transformed? Unlike Canadians, Americans have actually fought for the right not to be so treated. But hey, they’re just the stupid rubes and hicks of flyover country whose votes can be sneered at because they can’t really do anything about that. Right?
I chanced to be huddled recently in a group of warm bodies in Canada, staying warm, and they were mostly freaking out over Trump. They didn’t seem to understand that he is a bomb that the beleaguered (former) working class and middle class Americans of all ethnicities are throwing at the “movement conservatives.” Those Yanks don’t think there is a genuine Republican worth electing. It makes no difference to them if Hillary wins, as long as the movement conservatives don’t. That’s the last thing they can finally say to the world.
Over to Animal!
See also: My American friend on why the GOP must die For the United States to get on its feet again.
US middle class ready for a 3rd party? But why does it matter if they are? The reasons the middle class is declining are historical and structural. Today, the power and money will come from marketing the newly needy, often to struggle against each other in identity group conflicts.
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