"We’re doing things that help those of us in the anti-Trump world bond with one another and that help people in the Trump world bond with one another." (David Brooks quote)
by Ann Althouse
"We’re locking in the political structures that benefit Trump.... We are in the middle of a cultural/economic/partisan/identity war between more progressive people in the metro areas and more conservative people everywhere else. To lead the right in this war, Trump doesn’t have to be honest, moral or competent; he just has to be seen taking the fight to the 'elites.'... Trumpists tell themselves that America is being threatened by a radical left putsch that is out to take over the government and undermine the culture. The core challenge now is to show by word and deed that this is a gross exaggeration. Can Trump win again? Absolutely. I’m a DeSantis doubter.... And then once Trump is nominated, he has some chance of winning, because nobody is executing an effective strategy against him."
David Brooks slogs along, ahead of his crowd, which is moving even more slowly, pondering the mystery, "Why Is There Still No Strategy to Defeat Donald Trump?" (NYT).
The needed "effective strategy" against Trump is "to show by word and deed" that it's "a gross exaggeration" to think that "a radical left putsch... is out to take over the government and undermine the culture." I'm not even persuaded that Brooks believes it's all that much of an exaggeration to think there's a "radical left putsch... out to take over the government and undermine the culture." He just wants Trump defeated and hopes anti-Trumpsters execute a good strategy to take him out.
What would work on these "conservative people" who live everywhere but where everyone who needs to think up the strategy lives? Brooks doesn't know! He doesn't even know why all these millions of people love Trump. Does he think it's because they haven't yet been cajoled out of believing the "gross exaggeration"? If they haven't abandoned this belief yet, why would it happen now or in the next 2 years?
I saw that Brooks column yesterday and passed on it, but I gave it another look this morning after Meade texted it to me, which he did because I'd posed the question, in real life here at Meadhouse, "Do you think Trump will run and win?" Meade said the column answered my question. I take it that means the answer is yes.
ADDED: The fact that Brooks talks about a "gross exaggeration" reveals that he thinks there is something true. If there weren't something true, you'd call it a lie, not an exaggeration.
Post a Comment