Donald Trump shouldn’t listen to Karl Rove.
“Donald Trump presumably liked it when Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell voted to acquit him because the senator believes impeachment of a former president is unconstitutional. But Mr. Trump had a very different reaction to Mr. McConnell’s floor speech Saturday, when he rightly said the former president was “practically and morally responsible for provoking” the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol and for failing to denounce the violence while it was under way.
On Tuesday afternoon Mr. Trump attacked Mr. McConnell at length, insulting him as a “dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack” who lacked “political insight, wisdom, skill, and personality” and “doesn’t have what it takes, never did, and never will.” That was reportedly the toned-down version. …
In suggesting that Senate Republicans oust Mr. McConnell, Mr. Trump is setting himself up for defeat. Mr. McConnell won’t be removed and replaced with a Trump toady. The former president’s screed will leave him appearing weaker while the Kentucky senator shows that Friedrich Nietzsche (and Kelly Clarkson ) was right: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. …
Despite possessing all the powers of incumbency and leading a united GOP, Mr. Trump lost the presidency. If he returned for another White House contest, leading a divided party at war with itself and out of power, he’d be wiped out.
Mr. Trump should now be focused not on settling scores, but on healing, uniting and expanding the GOP. Politics is about addition, not subtraction. So next time his crackerjack wordsmiths suggest a thermonuclear attack on other Republicans, Mr. Trump ought to let the one-day story that provoked them go away on its own. But then he wouldn’t be Donald Trump, would he?”
Politics is about addition and subtraction.
In this game of musical chairs, we should subtract the libertarian oligarchs, the corporate donors, the neocons, the PMC suburbanites, the Bushies, the True Cons or Jeff Flake wing who have realigned to the Democrats. We should add in their place the Left Populists who agree with us on economics and foreign policy and who share basically our same critique and interests.
94% of this group of voters believes the economic system is rigged:
MAGA voters were weakly attached Obama voters in 2014:
99% of this group believes the economic system is rigged:
This was the last Pew typology in 2017.
If you point out the obvious widespread agreement here between people who were both working class Democratic voters as recently as Obama’s second term (the MAGA voters broke away from the Democratic base like an iceberg and voted for Trump which is an unforgivable sin), you will be accused of “fascism” by progressive liberals and their anarchist minions. Meanwhile, progressive liberals have spent the last four years building on Hillary Clinton’s coalition and courting modernist and cosmopolitan fiscal conservatives to join their team which was consummated by Neoliberal Joe’s victory in 2020.
I would love to see what the polling looks like now post-COVID in 2021 in light of the fact that a huge swath of Republican voters openly supports wealth redistribution now. It is the Trump voters. It looks to me like the electorate is just resorting back into a populist alignment with affluent modernist and cosmopolitan liberals on one side who have a vested interest in upholding the status quo and dissenters on the other side with Donald Trump just being the outlet who channeled the discontent.
Note: Karl Rove himself wrote the book on the subject. Maybe Blumpf isn’t the guy to lead a neo-populist coalition. He was a stepping stone toward it.