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Trump: shocking, vulgar and indisputably true

Friday, 26 February, 2016

Tucker Carlson is a true Washington insider and his 28 January analysis of the Trump phenomenon is fascinating and prescient. Snippet:

“Consider the conservative nonprofit establishment, which seems to employ most right-of-center adults in Washington. Over the past 40 years, how much donated money have all those think tanks and foundations consumed? Billions, certainly. (Someone better at math and less prone to melancholy should probably figure out the precise number.) Has America become more conservative over that same period? Come on. Most of that cash went to self-perpetuation: Salaries, bonuses, retirement funds, medical, dental, lunches, car services, leases on high-end office space, retreats in Mexico, more fundraising. Unless you were the direct beneficiary of any of that, you’d have to consider it wasted.

Pretty embarrassing. And yet they’re not embarrassed. Many of those same overpaid, underperforming tax-exempt sinecure-holders are now demanding that Trump be stopped. Why? Because, as his critics have noted in a rising chorus of hysteria, Trump represents ‘an existential threat to conservatism.’

Let that sink in. Conservative voters are being scolded for supporting a candidate they consider conservative because it would be bad for conservatism? And by the way, the people doing the scolding? They’re the ones who’ve been advocating for open borders, and nation-building in countries whose populations hate us, and trade deals that eliminated jobs while enriching their donors, all while implicitly mocking the base for its worries about abortion and gay marriage and the pace of demographic change. Now they’re telling their voters to shut up and obey, and if they don’t, they’re liberal.

If you live in an affluent ZIP code, it’s hard to see a downside to mass low-wage immigration. Your kids don’t go to public school. You don’t take the bus or use the emergency room for health care. No immigrant is competing for your job. (The day Hondurans start getting hired as green energy lobbyists is the day my neighbors become nativists.) Plus, you get cheap servants, and get to feel welcoming and virtuous while paying them less per hour than your kids make at a summer job on Nantucket. It’s all good.”

Why is Trump so popular? Because he’s an outsider. Voters cannot tell the differences, if any, between the professional Republicans so each of them will get a percentage of the vote on Super Tuesday from those who prefer insiders, but Trump will get 100 percent of the vote from those who prefer an outsider. If nominated, Trump would certainly get the Christian, white and blue-collar vote. Both Romney and McCain lost because middle-income whites in Ohio and Pennsylvania didn’t bother to vote, but they should turn out for Trump. And what about the Latino and African-American vote? It will all depend on what the pollsters call “voter engagement numbers”.

Think Tank: “Trump is the GOP’s Frankenstein monster. Now he’s strong enough to destroy the party,” writes Robert Kagan, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.


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