I know it’s redundant….
But I keep repeating something factual….
Donald Trump is NOT a Republican….
He’s an Indépendant….
A few mnoinutes ago one our regulars here at the PDog pointed out that I was ‘all over the place’ with Trump….(he said I was obsessed with the guy….Heck…ALL the political and social media types and bloggers ARE doing stuff on him….)
My answer was ….’Trump is all over the place’
All this because I made the comment that Donald Trump COULD be seen as Clinton Democrat….
Well….This morning I see the NY Times Ross Douthat is writing a pice that goes in my direction….
He points out that the Trump candidacy IS essentially a third party run RIGHT NOW….
(Douthat does think that is all bad….Could be called a Populist?…But concludes the GOP will learn and change little after Trump fades)
That from within the Republican Primary system Trump, rich and without the usual constratinas attacking their sysytem and policies AND the Democrats….
Trump is never far from the word ‘i or Me’ is getting his poll numbers because he’s rallying against the GOP/RNC owners….
But in the next breath he’s talking about Rich people paying MORE taxes…..
And in the next breath knocking the same women and black, brown and yellow voters that the GOP Presidential nominee will NEED…
Douthat label’s Trumps a ‘traitor’ ton get a hook in his header…
I’m sure others haven’t been so kind to a guy trying to rip up a party that he actually isn’t a part of….
THE Donald Trump phenomenon is a great gift to pundits because it can be analyzed and criticized in so many different ways. But two shorthands seem particularly useful. First, Trump is essentially using the Republican primary to run a third-party campaign, not a right-wing insurgency. Second, Trump’s appeal is oddly like that of Franklin Roosevelt, in the sense that he’s a rich, well-connected figure — a rich New Yorker, at that — who’s campaigning as a traitor to his class.
These two elements of Trumps’ are intimately connected. In American politics, the two-party system, no less than the Senate or the Supreme Court, has long served as a check on pure democracy, a means of elite control. So long as there are only two competitive parties, the political diversity of the country will be channeled through their sluice gates, and the (mostly upper-class, highly educated, self-consciously globalist) people who run the parties will exercise disproportionate control over which ideas find representation….
So far he’s running against the Republican establishment in a more profound way than the Tea Party, challenging not just deviations from official conservative principle but the entire post-Reagan conservative matrix. He can wax right wing on immigration one moment and promise to tax hedge fund managers the next. He’ll attack political correctness and then pledge to protect entitlements. He can sound like Pat Buchanan on trade and Bernie Sanders on health care. He regularly attacks the entire Iraq misadventure, in its Bush-era and Obama-era manifestations alike, in a way that neither mainstream Republicans nor Hillary Clinton can plausibly manage.
And he’s coming at all these issues, crucially, from a vantage point of privilege — which his critics keep highlighting as though it discredits him, when in reality it lends his populism a deeper credibility….
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