The Dictatorship of the Bubbateriat


To mock the fake news conference this afternoon would be like taking candy from a baby. It is beneath Aardvark’s dignity, and he will not do it. Besides, gentle readers, I am sure that you have mocked copiously on your own, without my help.

What, we ask ourselves once again, is the method in this madness? The immediate answer is not hard to suss out. The fake news conference, together with the planned weekend mass rally in Florida, is intended to rile up the bubbateriat, who will in turn scare the bejeesus out of any Republicans in Congress who might be inclined to say, investigate Trump’s Russian ties. The roiling masses will strike terror into the hearts of Trump’s enemies and unenthusiastic camp followers.

As an added bonus, maybe the enraged bubbateriat will take to the streets to countermarch against the hordes of progressive protesters.

Such, plainly, is the master plan, the brilliant strategic thinking that inspires the mad king.

But will it work?

Well, I, for one, am really looking forward to the Florida rally, as an indication of where they were headed.

I grew up among lots of people who are now Trump supporters. They have proved to be a gullible lot, but there surely are limits to their gullibility. My mother would have seen through Trump in a New York minute.

Perhaps we can take solace from Jennifer Rubin, to whom the wish is, forever and always, the father to the thought. This evening she writes,

n President Trump’s rambling, combative and at times incoherent news conference, he declared his administration is “a fine-tuned machine,” something few people not employed in the White House believe. He argues “Russia is fake news” — yet fired national security adviser Michael Flynn over information revealed by the media. He asserts he’s accomplished so much, yet his most noteworthy “accomplishments” have been failures — the enjoined travel ban, the rows with Australia and Mexico, the firestorm raised by his team’s purported contacts with Russia during the campaign (which he refused to deny, saying only that he had no dealings with the Russians). …

The latest Pew poll reveals that “Trump’s overall job approval is much lower than those of prior presidents in their first weeks in office: 39% approve of his job performance, while 56% disapprove.” He remains a divisive president, with “75% either approve or disapprove of Trump strongly, compared with just 17% who feel less strongly. Nearly half (46%) strongly disapprove of his job performance, while 29% strongly approve.” We find it noteworthy that the intensity is highest among anti-Trump forces. …

While majorities think he is keeping his promises and is a strong leader, the rest of his character gets a strong thumbs down. “Majorities say that Trump is not even tempered (68%), is not a good communicator (63%), is not trustworthy (59%), is not well-informed (57%) and does not care about ‘people like me’ (56%).”

Ponder that 29% “strongly approve” number. That’s Trump’s core, and they will be with him a while longer, but their enthusiasm will dampen. And, don’t forget, most of them are nice people, with little inclination to act like Brownshirts or Bolsheviks.

No dictatorship of the bubbateriat for you, Donald.

Of course, I may be wrong. If so, it’s time for a toga party.