An Accurate Description of Trump/the State of the GOP
Matthew Continetti on the Trump:
It’s a joke. All of it: his candidacy, the apparatus of propaganda and grift surrounding it, the failures of governance and education and culture that have brought us to this place. What disturbs me most is the prospect that Donald Trump is what a very large number of Republican voters want: not a wonk, not an orator, not a statesman, not even a leader, really, if by leader you mean someone who persuades and inspires and manages a team to pursue a common good. They just want a man who vents their anger at targets above and below their status.
How cathartic it is to give voice to your fury, to wallow in self-righteousness, in helplessness, in self-serving self-pity. It’s what one expects of teenagers, artists, bloggers, pajama boys—immature, peevish, radical, self-destructive behavior.
Now, it should be noted the Continetti writes for the Weekly Standard and wrote a book called The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star which means he both knows of which he speaks and bears more than some responsibility for where the party currently is (because anyone who treated Palin as a serious voice helped pave the way for Trump). Indeed, you could more or less change out “Trump” with “Palin” in the above passage and it very much still works.
Nonetheless, the above is accurate, unfortunately.