Evening Thoughts

final straw

From Paul Waldman:

Why Trump may actually want Kavanaugh to go down in flames:

Trump has watched as a backlash against him, especially among women, has pulled down his approval ratings and taken us to the brink of a historic Democratic midterm victory. But now he sees his chance to create a backlash to that backlash. So he’s riding the twin vehicles of anger and fear: anger at women like Christine Blasey Ford who have the gall to accuse a man like Brett Kavanaugh, and fear that now every man is a potential victim of some screeching harpy who makes a false claim against him.

From Adam Serwer:

The Cruelty Is the Point: President Trump and his supporters find community by rejoicing in the suffering of those they hate and fear.

Trump’s only true skill is the con, his only fundamental belief is that the United States is the birthright of straight, white, Christian men, and his only real, authentic pleasure is in cruelty. It is that cruelty, and the delight it brings them, that binds his most ardent supporters to him, in shared scorn for those they hate and fear: immigrants, black voters, feminists, and treasonous white men who empathize with any of those who would steal their birthright. The president’s ability to execute that cruelty through word and deed makes them euphoric. It makes them feel good, it makes them feel proud, it makes them feel happy, it makes them feel united. And as long as he makes them feel that way, they will let him get away with anything, no matter what it costs them.

From Aardvark

There is much wisdom in both pieces, I think. That would be the reason why I call them to your attention. But let me add this.

While others practice the politics of addition, Trump does the politics of subtraction.

As you keep on subtracting and subtracting, there comes a point when you don’t have enough supporters left to win any elections.

Now Trump wants to read out of the Republican Party anyone who thinks sexual assault is an important issue. That would be 28 percent of Republican men and 41 percent of Republican women. Just keep on subtractin, big guy. Keep on subtractin’.

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