A billionaire real estate developer might make for an odd working class political (anti-)hero, but he has always projected the over the top caricature of what a working stiff might think being rich would be like. And his outer borough accent conveys a disarming familiarity that impossible to fake.
So how do you chip away at this rapport? You start by shattering the illusion that Trump is a friend of the little guy. To his credit, Trump possesses an uncanny ability to perceive, identify, and harness the wants and needs of the average Joe. The problem is that Trump takes this unique insight into the middle class and exploits it for his own gain.
Jeb Bush went after Trump on his unfathomable proposal to exclude all Muslim immigrants, but he did so almost as a supplicant, asking him to “reconsider.” It was as if Bush was afraid Trump would turn on him again, and Trump, recognizing Bush’s gesture as a plea for mercy, reciprocated. Signs have popped up everywhere…
Structurally, Marco Rubio has all the advantages. That might not be enough.
The “alternative right” made inroads in 2015, but continues to be the same old right wing you didn’t like the first time.
“Demagoguery flourishes when democracy falters.”
“Maybe the presidency itself should be regarded as one of those things that is good to have but not a must-have, especially if obtaining it requires uncomfortable change.”
The Republican Party is broken. Arguments to the contrary are some combinations of smoke, mirrors, and wishful thinking.
A look at progressives’ unexpected bad hair day.
This long “awesome” post on the 2106 race ventures far into theory and speculation in order to return back to where the intuitions of many political observers begin.
Republicans treat Marco Rubio like the frontrunner.
Guest poster Jay From Brooklyn explains why the Republicans need not fear a brokered convention.
On one level, I’ve already grown accustomed to Donald Trump saying things that threatened the safety and health of my patients. I just never expected it to get this bad.
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren may still keep alive the embers of Old Left workerism, and the latter is still barely detectable in traditional Democratic Party rhetoric and residual connections to organized labor, but in American politics today class conflict as the engine of history seems now to be a concept mainly of the Right.
The “libertarian moment” appears to be ending ironically – with some libertarians endorsing the closest thing to a fascist American politics has had for some time.
Journalists: Bad. Jeb!: Toast! Trump: Salesman. “Errol Flynn”: Not Errol Flynn.
Ann Coulter may have fallen out of favor with mainstream conservatives, but she may be closer to the reins of power than ever before.
Trump and the disconnect with Party Elites
The question isn’t whether or not the Donald will lose. He will.
The question is to what degree he’ll take the rest of us along with him.
When headline writers use questions, Burt Likko answers them. Briefly, completely, and unabashedly expressing his own opinion. Ten questions about politics, the business of news, news of business, and grizzly bears.
There was Frank Rizzo. Open up your !@#$%^ ears jackass.
Wherein Roger Ailes capitulates to The Donald, offering up Kelly as a human sacrifice.
After a week that would have signaled a quiet and embarrassed exit for any other candidate in the modern election era, Trump reigns supreme in the GOP field.
Mark Steyn is a good writer. Hillary Clinton is a married woman. Neither of these facts should be important when discussing Presidential politics.
Trump is not a fascist, but he has tapped into a movement on the Right that is growing and confident.
Trump as the darkside of the American Economy
Donald Trump’s friends in the media claim allegations of spousal rape aren’t relevant. That’s baloney.
If we live in the age of the politics of personality, then perhaps litigation offers a window to a candidate’s embittered, unpleasant soul.
A snapshot of a crowded campaign, taken right as the gate opens.
Hey, remember how CPAC snubbed Chris Christie, based on the logic that having someone who had asked for disaster relief might send a message that post-election movement conservatism was a joke?
Why? Because after I (Trump?) endorsed David Sessions’ (i.e. Mitt Romney) work in my last post, Sessions has responded by calling me out as a wrongheaded so-and-so, etc, etc. (as Romney might consider doing re: the whole birtherism thing). That’s how you wanna play, Sessions? FINE. League readers! Don’t ever read David Sessions’ stuff! Ever!…