Writings and observations

First take/Trumptitudes

I was reminded of that great bit Harvey Korman did in Blazing Saddles, when he was assembling a collection of bad guys to go in and destroy a small town he wanted destroyed: “I want rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shit-kickers and Methodists.”

Republican operative Rick Wilson found something almost similar in his rundown of the makeup of the pro-Donald Trump contingent: “The Troll Party looks at the kooks, the overt white supremacists (oh, pardon me, “race realists”), neo-Nazis, flaming anti-Semites, birthers, truthers, Jade Helmers, chemtrailers, and assorted other conspiracy whackjobs in their midst and shrugs it off with a grin.”

He describes their view “as nothing but a small, grim, deeply negative vision of a republic whose best traditions they’re willing to abandon to appease their boundless anger.” And now, he adds, people are finding “a profit center, with an array of media firms who have monetized political paranoia and rage,” which suggests that the Trump masses are on the verge of becoming institutionalized. That idea ought to terrify Republicans even more than The Donald does, because it suggests we’re only on the front end of their particular wave, and will not go away when the day comes that Trump does eventually flame out.

Next chapter in this story gets written tonight, when the Republican presidential hopefuls come together in debate. – rs

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