A Postscript About Neo-Confederates, and About Some Comments by My Posse

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I want to say a little more about the part of the preceding post relating to Max Boot and Martin Longman. One of Longman’s points is that Max Boot and others of his neoconservative ilk were happy enough to rely on neo-Confederate votes back in the Reagan and Bush eras, so long as they, the neoconservative hawks, were in control of foreign and military policy. And, by the way, Longman argues, Max Boot and his neoconservative ilk should feel really badly about their previous acceptance of votes from the neo-Confederates.

Now, I am not personally acquainted with Max Boot or with David Frum or with Jennifer Rubin. But even if I had dinner with them every Thursday, I would still not make it my business to ratiocinate deeply into which of their past decisions they ought to feel very bad about. It doesn’t bloody well matter what they should and shouldn’t feel bad about.

What matters a lot is this. A lot of Republicans have a self-image as sensible and respectable people. But every day that Trump does his movie villain act, there is more and more cognitive dissonance between your image as a Trump supporter and your image as a respectable person, fit to be in polite society. It’s partly about vile policies, but it’s mostly, I think, about the vile stench from his unhinged shit show.

Every day Trump rants and raves, every day his peeps fire tear gas at little kids on the border, someone just can’t take it anymore.

If you happen to be an attentive reader, you know that I have referred several times to the 2018 House Popular Vote Tracker. Well, as of today, the blue vector, pointing left, is up another one tenth of one percent, at 8.1 percent—exactly six percent better than Hillary did in 2016.

Yes, too many people are thoroughly enjoying the shit show, and too others are still holding their noses and supporting Republicans. But the existence and the size of the blue vector, pointing left, are matters of objective reality—fully consistent with the insight that if you go out of your way to be a jerk, then a lot of people won’t like you.

And, speaking of objective fact, remember that in spite of massive gerrymandering, we won the House, bigly.

In recent days, several of my posse have taken me to task, averring that their gut feelings tell them that Trump will probably win again in 2020. That certainly is a possibility. But I must respond that objective facts, not rose colored glasses, provide good ground for optimism.

Here is the nub of the matter. Trump has gaslighted about 44 percent of us. Earlier on, it was reasonable to fear that his gaslighting abilities might somehow grow more powerful and that he would expose the latent racism and gullibility of just a few percent more of us, and thereby keep on winning.

We may thank the Lord Buddha that that turned out not to happen. The reverse has occurred. The center has held.

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