Where the Good Old Boys Are

OR, THREE OF THE SIX BLIND MEN ATTEMPT TO DESCRIBE THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

Greg Sargent, Why did Democrats bleed House seats: A top analyst offers surprising answers.

Will Wilkinson, Why Did So Many Americans Vote for Trump? To the dismay of Democrats, the president’s strategy of ignoring the pandemic mostly worked for Republicans.

David Brooks, The Rotting of the Republican Mind: When one party becomes detached from reality.

My sense is that all three of these blind men have a piece of the puzzle. (Otherwise, why would I direct your attention to them?_

That said, were I focusing on a strategy for further research into the nature of Homo Trumpus, I would be most interested in knowing how far we can take the Wilkinson hypothesis: that a lot of people voted for Trump because they were desperate to keep their source of livelihood in a pandemic, and just wanted to tough it out while we all wait for a vaccine.

To the extent that economic desperation in a pandemic explains much of the Trump vote, those of us in secure economic positions can fault these voters for putting their livelihoods over lethal risk to the general public. But what would we do if we had no money in the stock market and no means of putting food on the table except by going to work this morning?