We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
After 7 full months of No Mean Tweets, the relief in the Capitol is palpable, no matter what the party. Has anybody outside of politics figured out why they are so profoundly threatened? For all the Trump hyperbole, nobody treated it as a new phenomenon; Trump has always been extreme and hyperbolic. What is really strange is the vehemence of the hyperbole projected back at Trump by politicians and celebrities that clearly viewed themselves as superior creatures.
This psychotic cognitive break has still not been assessed or described. I find it the most curious and interesting thing about the Trump phenomenon: Everybody else's reaction to him. Having settled down from their schizoid hysteria, their feathers no longer ruffled, they've gone back to pecking as usual - thinking this is all behind them without realizing it's just a hope.
" This psychotic cognitive break has still not been assessed or described. I find it the most curious and interesting thing about the Trump phenomenon: Everybody else's reaction to him."
I too am at a loss. I found the histrionic fixation on Trump to be bizarre and adolescent. The lack of self awareness was stunning, it's like they didn't realize that lots of people knew they were lying. It seemed like a compulsion. Their acting out made them seem far worse than Trump. The worst I can say about Trump is that occasionally he has a big stupid mouth but not any worse than a multitude of public figures.
Their response most resembles the behavior of pathological, crazy stalker types, who were rejected by someone they fantasized should adore them. The Globalist/Corporatist/Statists are "the person scorned", unhinged by and enraged by the rejection of those they see as their inferiors. We fail to see how Compassionate and Visionary they are. The obsession, stalking, harassment, baiting and set ups, false accusations, threats and bullying are all part and parcel.
Maybe smearing and "piling on" is an addiction.
Oh, and yeah, emotional tribalism makes the most lucrative.
I almost hate to say it, but I think the simplest explanation I can come up with is a case of "pay no attention to that man behind the curtain". Conrad Black said this in his linked essay:
.."The near elimination of illegal immigration and of unemployment and the sharply rising incomes in low-income ethnic minority areas, reduced taxes, the identification in sober terms of the Chinese challenge, the elimination of oil imports, the extermination of ISIS, shaping up of NATO, the Abraham Accords in the Middle East, and the pressure on Iran and de-escalation of the confrontation with North Korea;''"
Trump showed that good governance isn't impossible, even when the forces of government are dominantly aligned as obstructive resistance against the effort. Trump proved that government actually can get things done, big things, when will is applied and focus is unyielding. He made life better for most of the population.
Our government has been coasting along on empty promises and the minimal delivery of policy objectives for years, while they steadily bleed revenue and redistribute it corruptly. They have been 'going along to get along' for so long, and have become so accustomed to their sinecure, that they found Trump a terrifying prospect. I've concluded it really is that bad. Their terror was 100% cynical, founded on outrage that the jig was up, and they'd been outed as slacker frauds.
Reagan was her hero but for all Reagans accomplishments he was a failure in the fair trade category. At that time it was Japan eating our lunch and when the US machine tool industry pointed out that Japan was copying US tools they could not get Reagan to deal with the Japanese. Today we basically have no machine tool industry as a result. Noonan would find no fault with Reagans free trade policy rather than Trumps fair trade policy. China damn well understands Trumps fair trade.
I wish I had learned much earlier about her and other despicable cuck conservative grifter “opinion leaders” like Goldberg and Lowry, that it’s essential to ignore them and even better to deride them mercilessly.
These people will say whatever gets them the best gigs, book deals, and party invitations.
The WSJ opinion pages, mostly the same. Globalist Elitist b.s., compromised by corporate welfare and rent-seeking on K Street, plus China, obviously.