Monday, August 31, 2015

NYT Readers Aren't Buying Trump

Conservative pundits at the New York Times like Ross Douthat and David Brooks have a delicate task. They are talking to people that live in a liberal echo chamber, hearing nothing but Democratic talking points all day long, from the New York Times and from NPR and from all their liberal friends. They have to introduce conservative themes very carefully, otherwise they'll lose their readers at the first fence.

So what does Douthat do when he wants to talk about Donald Trump? He compares him to Franklin D. Roosevelt as "Donald Trump, Traitor to his Class." Having got that out of the way he talks about the failure of third parties recently to get their agenda adopted by either of the two major parties.
Across the latter twenty years, the country has endured a series of disasters that had bipartisan fingerprints all over them. Yet the various movements that have arisen in reaction to those failures — the antiwar left, the Tea Party right, Occupy Wall Street – have yet to even unseat an incumbent president, let alone change the basic lines along which the two parties debate.
The question is: will the GOP elite adjust its message to the Trumpian evidence that the base is restless, or will it crush him and ignore his message.
In which case the pressure the Donald has tapped will continue to build — and when it bursts, the G.O.P. as we know it may go with it.
Fair enough. But when you read the comments of the NYT faithful you get nothing but Democratic talking points. They basically think that Trump will destroy the GOP and a good thing too.
Trumps rebellion against the Establishment is not merely rebellion against his class, it is rebellion in favor of all the insanity the Republicans have fed for decades now. It is come for them, like Frankenstein's monster. 
To the NYT reader, the GOP is a despicable institution that has been mis-leading its voters with "code words and dog whistles" and Trump is just saying it "loud and proud."

Needless to say, the NYT readers do not think that Trump is in the same league as FDR!

So, the NYT chappies are all sitting as contentedly as cuddly teddy bears in a safe space. What about the real world?

The truth is that we don't know. We have polls showing that the American people definitely think that things are on the wrong track. And 71 percent think that "political correctness" is a problem.

Meanwhile over at the American Spectator David Catron is warning that the GOP is terrifying Hispanic voters over immigration and if Trump wins he'll hand the election to the Democrats.

OK. Let's look at the last few decades using the "I can't take it anymore" philosophy of George Maroutsos.

In the Seventies conservatives decided they couldn't take it any more and overrode the liberal consensus and elected Ronald Reagan. Reagan was so successful that the Dems in 1992 had to pretend they were New Democrats that had learned the Reagan lesson.

But by 1998 and the impeachment they decided they couldn't take it any more and reverted to type. In the early 2000s we had a sort of truce and passed Medicare Modernization with Medicare Part D Drugs and No Child Left Behind. But with George Soros egging them on and the Iraq War and the Netroots and all, the Democrats decided they couldn't take it any more and they elected a real lefty in 2008 (who pretended to be a centrist until he was elected).

In the wake of the Crash of 2008 Tea Party types decided that they couldn't take it any more and anchored the big Republican swing in 2010. But the wave was rather diminished by attacks from both sides of the establishment -- Hello Lois!

But now in 2016 both Democrats and Republicans have decided that they can't take it any more. So candidates on both sides are swinging for the stands hoping for a two or three run homer -- or a strikeout.

The point is that the political establishment in both parties would rather avoid putting the big hitters up to bat. That sort of a game is too risky. That's what Clintons and Bushes and Romneys are all about.

But sometimes the voters just get so pissed of that they say, channeling Vox Day: We Don't Care.

And I have a feeling that is what is happening for 2016. NYT readers are in their safe space and conservatives are all watching Fox and The Five. What do the LoFos in the middle think? We don't know, and they won't know until the summer of 2016.

But remember this: people may be all upset, but they still want their Social Security, their Medicare, and their mortgage deduction. And that means they still want Big Government.

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