#uppers Loud, ignorant, proudly 100% fact-resistant: Donald Trump IS the GOP— driftglass (@Mr_Electrico) June 28, 2015
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.