Monday, August 10, 2015

Krugman on the irony of Trump

Krugginator, via Economist's View - the Republicans can't be serious. He explains why no, you're wrong, Trump isn't going to lose support anytime soon, and it's quite understandable why the Republican lumpenproletariat want him for their candidate. Quote:

But if you ask me, the pundits have been at least as gullible as the public, and still are.

For while it’s true that Mr. Trump is, fundamentally, an absurd figure, so are his rivals. If you pay attention to what any one of them is actually saying, as opposed to how he says it, you discover incoherence and extremism every bit as bad as anything Mr. Trump has to offer. And that’s not an accident: Talking nonsense is what you have to do to get anywhere in today’s Republican Party. ...

The point is that while media puff pieces have portrayed Mr. Trump’s rivals as serious men — Jeb the moderate, Rand the original thinker, Marco the face of a new generation — their supposed seriousness is all surface. Judge them by positions as opposed to image, and what you have is a lineup of cranks. And as I said, this is no accident.

It has long been obvious that the conventions of political reporting and political commentary make it almost impossible to say the obvious — namely, that one of our two major parties has gone off the deep end. ...

Until now, however, leading Republicans have generally tried to preserve a facade of respectability, helping the news media to maintain the pretense that it was dealing with a normal political party. What distinguishes Mr. Trump is not so much his positions as it is his lack of interest in maintaining appearances. And it turns out that the party’s base, which demands extremist positions, also prefers those positions delivered straight. Why is anyone surprised?

Over just the past few years the Republicunts have pounded the table demanding gutting the school system, closing universities, deunionization, forced transvaginal ultrasounds, race war, war against Iran, war against Cuba, closures of American mosques, bitcoin, a return to the gold standard and... meh, I dunno, that's just off the top of my head.

Now they have someone leading the pack who says all Mexicans are rapists and drug dealers, and John McCain is a loser because he got captured by the Viet Cong; and as far as the Republicans are concerned he's just as good as the rest of them.

I'm sure that Fox News and neo-Nazi talk radio will eventually backstab Trump and throw their support behind whichever vanilla squib Reince Preibus or Roger Ailes wants for his next president. But for now, Trump is winning because he's actually no more than a straight-talking version of the typical Republican kook.

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