When Trump started rising in the polls, Democrats like Paul Krugman told us that he didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. After all, Trump wasn’t much different from other recent GOP candidates. The voters also seemed to think he was no worse, and thus gave him the nomination. (No I’m not blaming Krugman, because GOP voters don’t read him. My point is that he was effectively aiding Trump, even though the impact of his assistance was almost nil.)
In a sense Krugman was right. Romney was also demonized as a vile racist and sexist. Jonah Goldberg reminds those of us who had forgotten:
So yes, the coverage of Trump is an outrage. But the outrage it exposes is how grotesquely unfair and partisan the press was to previous Republican nominees. The Trump campaign is getting the coverage it deserves (and is asking for!), and that highlights how the coverage of past candidates was so extraordinarily unfair. Take for example, the bowel-stewed hysteria over Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women” comment. Romney said — and did — exactly what feminists and liberal reporters should applaud. He wanted to hire qualified women. So he reached out to women’s groups for suggestions. They sent him lots of recommendations. Binders full of them. And then he hired many of the women listed in the binders. What a monster!
Then Goldberg links to a left wing hit job, with this headline:
With his incendiary speech to the NAACP, Mitt crossed an ugly line. No longer simply spineless and disingenuous, he’s now become a race-mongering pyromaniac.
I admit I do not recall that “incendiary speech”, so I decided to refresh my memory by reading the article. And here’s what I found:
But he wasn’t a race-baiter until yesterday. That speech wasn’t to the NAACP. It was to Rush Limbaugh. It was to Tea Party Nation. It was to Fox News. Oh, he said some nice things. And sure, let’s give him one point for going there at all. But listen: You don’t go into the NAACP and use the word “Obamacare”and think that you’re not going to hear some boos. It’s a heavily loaded word, and Romney and his people know very well that liberals and the president’s supporters consider it an insult.
I have to admit that I did not know that “Obamacare” was considered a racial slur, and still am not quite certain why. But let’s say he’s right—what else does he have?
Nothing. That was it. That was the only offensive item mentioned. Now look again at the headline of the news article. I knew nothing about Michael Tomasky until I read this article. Now I know one thing about him.
Nobody should pay much attention to what the Dems say about Trump. They say exactly the same things about other GOP candidates, just a bit more forcefully in this case. Instead you should read the intelligent conservative commenters, who usually defend GOP nominees. Most of Goldberg’s post savages Trump, and we all know the politics of the author of “Liberal Fascism”. I’d guess 90% of the intelligent conservative commentators have been ruthlessly trashing Trump for months. (And don’t mention Sean Hannity, I said intelligent conservative commentators.) Those are the people you should listen to. Just as Democratic voters should ignore my anti-Bernie Sanders rants, and instead take note of the fact that even a progressive like Krugman found his ideas to be wacky.
Of course Mitt Romney is one of those intelligent conservatives that GOP voters should have listened to. Now it’s probably too late to save the GOP from an embarrassing defeat.
Since 1990, the GOP has produced one President, and he brought us a useless war, increased government spending and regulation, and the Great Recession. Now they’ve nominated someone far worse. They really need to do some soul-searching. I expect Hillary to be a poor president, so 2020 is a good opportunity to rebuild, if they can get their act together. A good place to start is becoming more elitist.
PS. The Goldberg post was emailed to me—I can’t find a link.
PPS. Not one major newspaper endorsed Trump. No surprise the NYT didn’t, but what to make of all the conservative papers? A poll of 45 former CEA people found zero in support of Trump. I know what you are thinking; “But West Virginia hillbillies who don’t know that Trump lies every time he opens his mouth like him because he ‘tells it like it is’.” Well good for them—I’d rather listen to George Will.
PPPS. I now think that the presidency has lower job qualifications than any other job in America. Trump’s statement about grabbing women was so offensive that Billy Bush was fired from his job merely for giggling at Trump’s pathetic comments. What other company would hire people who say things that are so offensive that mere listeners are permanently disgraced, unable to find work? What other fields hire people who openly express contempt for expertise in the job? What other field hires people who openly lie about their qualifications right to the face of the interviewer, with such bold-faced lies that both sides know it? What other field hires people who relentless insult a large portion of the customer base? I’m afraid that the presidency is America’s lowest occupation—a job that will take people who are so unqualified to do anything else that they end up running their own company out of desperation. Trump may be a billionaire, but he’s not qualified to be hired as janitor in the Trump Tower. If you owned Trump Enterprises, would you hire a janitor who grabbed the crotch of elegant women in the elevator? He’s lucky his dad left him $40 million.
If Trump wins, he may well assume that he is still self-employed—Trumps don’t do “public servant”.