Thursday, July 02, 2015

Donald Trump Is The GOP

Otherwise bright professional people seem shocked that Donald Trump is doing as well as he is. 

Which is weird.

Because if you have watched the GOP dumbspiral down, down, down for the last 40 years from anyplace other than inside the Beltway bubble, Trump making a strong early showing is a perfectly logical next step.  He is Crazy Uncle Liberty with money: a braying moron, invincibly confident in his own racist and impregnably ignorant opinions. 

And yet, somehow, Jonathan Chait is mystified that "conservative leaders" would rally to his defense (emphasis added):
Why Are Conservatives Defending Donald Trump?

By Jonathan Chait

It is not politically significant that Donald Trump would claim to be running for president, that he would say something flamboyantly ignorant, or that he would “surge” to “second place” in polls by using his name recognition to get into double digits in a splintered field. What is significant and genuinely disturbing, not to mention poisonous to the Republican Party’s electoral interests, is the fact that conservative thought leaders feel compelled to defend Trump’s nativist ramblings.  And not just bottom-feeding outlets like the Daily Caller and Breitbart, either. National Review editor Rich Lowry writes in Politico that Trump “has a point.”...
Do I think that Trump will emerge as the nominee?  Of course not.  The crackpot right-wing billionaires who own the GOP will eventually bulldoze Jeb(!) into the lead and, eventually, they'll take him into a back room and explain to him what a super duper idea it would be to pick a government-gutting Scott Walker-type cipher as his VP.  The Base will grump and grumble a little, but eventually they'll do whatever Fox News tells them to do.

But now is the time for dreaming, and when the wingnut Base dreams their batshit little dreams, they sound just like Donald Trump at full boil.   

And if Mr. Chait's software is really so scrambled that he can't identify Rich Lowry as just another bottom-feeding Conservative hatemonger, well then I believe we have located the source of his confusion.


Kevin Holsinger said...

Good morning, Mr. Glass.

"Why Are Conservatives Defending Donald Trump?"

You mean the same people who, last election run, considered voting for a secessionist (Perry), a fascist (Gingrich), and a mentally disturbed person (Bachmann)?

Perhaps it's because they didn't read David Brooks' new column telling them to stop that sort of thing.

Enjoy your day.

---Kevin Holsinger

Kathleen O'Neill said...

See also: "Why Are Conservatives Cozying Up To Cliven Bundy? But in that case, it's Rand Paul and he's "edgy" "different" from "other" Republicans. I would love to get Chait's take on that, but so far the Mainstream Media are not covering this.

Die alte Aechzener said...

The idea that Rich Lowry isnt a bottom-feeder is hysterically funny

Unknown said...

Chait sticks to a dogged but obsolete belief that there are at least a few people on the right who can be reasoned with. He continually gives the "Reformicons" that benefit of the doubt, and Lowry sneaks in there too somehow. They're all intellectually bankrupt frauds. Maybe they'd like it to be otherwise, but there is no intellectually honest way to be a loyal member of today's GOP or conservative movement. It's just not possible. But loyalty to team and adherence to ideology wins the day with the Reformicon set in the end. As it does with Bobo and Fournier.

Lowry is a poo-flinger just like the Breitbart crew; he just puts some perfume on his before he starts throwing them.

Sid Schwab said...

I wrote about him right after his announcement, even before he started his climb up the polls. He's the embodiment of everything the Tea Party stands for.

Frank Stone said...

And li'l Donnie continues to demonstrate his intelligence and class by dancing on the grave of a murdered woman in order to score cheap political points, and thus inspiring his dupes to do the same.

bluicebank said...

"Do I think that Trump will emerge as the nominee? Of course not."

I wish you would sometimes keep your thoughts to yourself. Because, of all the clowns in the car, which one ARE you rooting for? I posit, sir, that not all clowns are created equal. And ALL boy bands have individual personalities. There's the moody one, sure. But Trump, well, he's the Serious Hair one. Fifty cents says he gets the nod.

El Rondo said...

Trump is saying what the base wants to hear.

Trump Is Right McCain Is A Fraud