Where We Are Today: A Summing Up, With an Original Thought or Two


Intra-Republican Wedge Politics

Republican pols used to be really good at driving wedges into the electorate. Remember Bush’s brain? Works just fine if you can manage to drive the wedge into the right place, so that the majority is on your side.

Trump is really good at driving wedges, too, but unlike Karl Rove he drives them in at the wrong place. He is succeeding wonderfully at driving a wedge into the Republican Party—forcing a division between the unapologetic asshole slight Republic majority and a slight minority of Republicans who want to pretend to be sane and respectable. Witness Roy Moore in Alabama, Lou Barlettaa in Pennsylvania, and yesterday’s primary victory by Corey Stewart in Virginia. Not to mention Mark Sanford’s political assassination by Trump, resulting in a narrow loss by Sanford—a perfect illustration of how and where Trump’s intra-Republican wedge politics is working.

Jerk Flags Flying Proudly

Meanwhile, Trump aides let their jerk flags fly.

(Most) Women Hate it when Men Act like Jerks

That’s something I learned practicing law. Lawyers are expected to be aggressive. But there is a huge gap between men and women about reactions to really aggressive verbal behavior.

My own tastes and values tend toward the irenic, but as an advocate, I understood that you needed to make your point firmly and colorfully. Many times, I found that language that seemed acceptable to me and the other men in the room was a serious turnoff for any women present.

This is one of many things that Trump does not understand.

Districts Continue to Flip Democratic in Special Elections

Yesterday it was Wisconsin State Senate District 1. Trump won it by 17 points. Yesterday the Democrat won 52-48.

Savvy readers will grasp that there is a close causal connection between women hating jerks and Democrats flipping Republican districts.

Not Surprisingly, Republican Pols Remain Scared Shitless of the Trump-supporting Narrow Republican Majority

That is why they are not lifting a finger to stop Trump’s trade war.

And Maybe the Republican Pols Have Decided Just to Let the Economic Disaster Happen

Morbid fear of Trump is a sufficient explanation for their fecklessness—an explanation of which Occam would approve. But I think there may be an additional explanation, over and above cowardice. I suspect that some of them have figured out that the last hope of breaking the Trump fever is for the Trumpists to experience an economic disaster clearly of Trump’s making.

And that, ladies and germs, is what we are going to have.

Unless Trump backs down and makes nice to Justin Trudeau and Angela Merkel.

You never know. It just might happen.