The Trump Phenomenon: @SimpsonReport And @MarkSteynOnline Understand
In a post several days ago, I praised Sen. Edward ‘Ted’ Cruz for the way he is handling The Trump Phenomenon, writing, in part:
But, most importantly, [Senator Cruz’s treatment is] called ‘showing deserved respect to the millions of people who find Mr. Trump’s candor refreshing’.
There’s a damn good reason many people are drawn to Donald Trump’s Campaign: they’re frustrated, ‘have had it up to here’, with the BS being spouted by Lame Republicans and Mincing Conservatives, who are afraid of offending the obnoxious, insulting, and annoying Left and who are, frankly, pussies — weakling Quislings.
To these Americans, Trump is truly a breath of fresh air.
—Cindy Simpson understands this, but is, rightly, worried about the way [what I call] ‘The Conservative Beautiful People’ are handling the situation:
While some political analysts have been worrying about whether The Donald might go rogue against the establishment — run third party and thereby split the GOP — we should also be concerned that some conservative commentators may be helping to drive that wedge. Not because of their predictions of Trump’s ultimate loss of the GOP nomination (which are probably correct) or their legitimate criticism of him, but for the bashing of his supporters — which in some instances has taken on tones of outright banishment.
When it comes to the Trump phenomenon, instead of conservatives “standing athwart history yelling stop,” some now seem to be standing athwart the throng of Trump supporters yelling: “Go away!”
Indeed. Many of those we don’t normally consider Lame or Mincing seem to be showing a snobby side of their conservative character.
Miss. [Mrs.?] Simpson provides a good number of examples. Let me cite two of them:
…Dave Swindle.* When I participated in a short exchange with Swindle about the repercussions of calling fellow Republicans “slobbering,” he answered: “GOP can forge a winning coalition without digging through bottom of the barrel for naive, easily manipulated stupid people.”
I suppose has Swindle been around in the late 1970’s, he would have written the same thing about the Reagan Democrats, who had voted for Jimmy Carter.
Perhaps the most curious example is the brilliant writing of NRO’s Kevin Williamson, who in a recent column described Trump fans as “daft followers,” “engaged in the political version of masturbation: sterile, fruitless self-indulgence” and “Trumpkins — the intellectually and morally stunted Oompa Loompas who have rallied to the candidacy of this grotesque charlatan.”
Williamson is, indeed, quite the writer, but he has always been a haughty, touchy priss, prone to have a very dismissive attitude to those very few who do not meet his Elitist standards. One gets the feeling often that he is talking-down to us. It’s too bad as he is a rather perceptive fellow – there’s no reason for him to act like a, pardon the English vulgarity, little shit.
Cindy Simpson is dead solid perfect when she remarks:
…I have argued instead that a winning strategy would not ignore but take advantage of the fire Trump has lit under voters’ feet. But for conservative pundits to try to douse it and then wink and nod toward the nearest exit may be disastrous.
So would be making a martyr out of Trump.
Also: Trump seems to be bringing a good number of young people to taking an interest in the electing of our next President, people who, up until now, have not been very much interested in concerning themselves with such matters.
Isn’t this what we want? Isn’t this part of the message Mark Levin is trying to get across with his new book, Plunder And Deceit?
…I’ve had a ton of mail objecting to my “support” of Donald Trump which we’ll try to run some of it in the days ahead. But, for the record, I’m not “supporting” him. …the Republican nominating process has failed in the last two cycles, and thus, five months before any actual votes are cast, watching someone disrupt a racket that can use all the disruption it can get is hugely enjoyable. I mean, he’s touched the third, fourth, fifth and every other live rail in American politics, insulting Hispanics, veterans, menstruating women — and the more juice that shoots through him the stronger he gets. He’s discarded every convention of American politics, which, given that it’s the conventions of American politics that have made us the brokest nation in history, is something to be cheered. He’s the richest guy in the race, but he’s not spending a dime — because while the single-digit candidates kiss up to the big donors and blow through a fortune on the usual tedious “I was born the son of a mailman” ads — Trump is sucking up all the airtime between commercial breaks for free. He’s making a mockery of the consultant class, and what’s not to enjoy about that? For as long as it lasts.
…Maybe [Trump will] need more Mexicans to work in all those Planned Parenthood clinics he’s planning to fund, or to secure all those Arabian oil fields he’ll be seizing circa February 2017. Or maybe he’ll just say something else off the top of his head. But for now he’s the guy talking about the critical issue in less dishonest terms than anybody else, and he’s a lot more fun than George Pataki so why not let him run around a while longer? And, as Ann Coulter says to the other candidates, if you don’t like Trump, steal his issue. Argue him off the stage. Take him down with the mighty firepower of your superior intellect and your sturdy rock-ribbed conservative principles. Miss Coulter has often damned establishment Republicans as “girly-boys”, but even she must be bemused by grown “men” so desperate to be rid of Trump that they stampede for Megyn Kelly’s Tampax as the only weapon to hand.
I have my problems with Miss Coulter, but she is right on the Donald’s money here. And Senator Cruz is seeking to do just this — although, to be fair, he has always talked about these issues.
—It’s at times like these that I despair for the future of our efforts to Restore Freedom and Ordered Liberty, but then I realize that the Jonah Goldbergs, the Kevin Williamsons, the Stephen Kruisers, etc. are not, and never have been, the kind of people we True Patriots would ever get behind, would ever respect as Leaders of of our War Against Tyranny. They think they are, but we ultimately know better when we emerge into the sober light of Common Sense.
—I am reminded of these remarks by Ronald Reagan, delivered at CPAC in 1977:
And let me say so there can be no mistakes as to what I mean: The New Republican Party I envision will not be, and cannot, be one limited to the country club-big business image that, for reasons both fair and unfair, it is burdened with today. The New Republican Party I am speaking about is going to have room for the man and the woman in the factories, for the farmer, for the cop on the beat and the millions of Americans who may never have thought of joining our party before, but whose interests coincide with those represented by principled Republicanism. If we are to attract more working men and women of this country, we will do so not by simply “making room” for them, but by making certain they have a say in what goes on in the party. The Democratic Party turned its back on the majority of social conservatives during the 1960s. The New Republican Party of the late ’70s and ’80s must welcome them, seek them out, enlist them, not only as rank-and-file members but as leaders and as candidates.
The Conservative Beautiful People would turn their soft backs on those whose interests coincide with the Conservative Philosophy. They’re just as stupid and foolish as the Establishment Republicans Mr. Reagan was railing against back then were.
Time to leave them in the dust, saddle-up, and ride to our Destiny — OUTLAW!
*This may explain Swindle a bit: he’s a follower of
Black Magician Aleister Crowley. Jeanette Victoria
and I had a go-around with him about that, as may
be seen by clicking here.