Vox Day ensures we have “a public record of whose analysis was correct and whose was not”. I can think of no better company to be in than Derb’s and Z-Man’s, though some clarification for the benefit of the historical record is in order.
Who else merits quoting? There is no need to quote Never Trumpers like Jonah Goldberg and Ben Shapiro.
The criticism offered here is qualitatively different than that of those vacillating cucks. For one, they never wanted to get on the train and when they–or at least the latter, I’m constitutionally incapable of following Goldberg–reluctantly did so, it was only with the naive hope of taking the controls and running the train off the tracks.
To the extent I’m able to add value, it is informational and in this case also aims also to be prognostic. It’s not often polemical and rarely rhetorical, as those are not personal strong suits. See my money where my mouth is. Or just take a look at the assessment of Trump’s ‘abortion abomination’ in Wisconsin. Arguing his response logical and reasonable and could even redound to his benefit was a lonely place to be. Shapiro was of course doing what he does.
More importantly, the cucks Vox ropes us in with shriek and clutch their skirts every time Trump steps outside the Overton Window. They of the Respectable Right patrol the boundaries ensuring no one wanders past the perimeter as defined by the globohomo elite.
My bearish take on his political future, in contrast, results from his putting a punctuation mark on a trend that has been ongoing for several months now–that of Trump spending more and more time inside the Overton Window, rubbing shoulders with the swamp creatures he was sent in to flay.
The cucks withdraw support because they say he’s gone too far. We lose heart because he won’t go far enough.
How does the assessment that Trump’s presidency likely already hit its high water mark square with a recent post about how those fed up with Trump’s friendly gestures towards the opposition shouldn’t get worked up over his antics? In short because said antics had been, up until this point, empty gestures towards the opposition. This time, though, the empty gesturing was directed at the base.
As he was dying, the Roman emperor Severus allegedly told his sons (and successors) to take care of the army and scorn all other men. Trump can’t afford to scorn the Deplorables, especially when he is going to be asking them to vote for congressional Republicans on his account in six months. If we’re closing in on 50% of the way through Trump’s first term and the list of major MAGA agenda items remain 0% complete, that’s where they will stay through the duration of that single term.
Suspecting the above will take place doesn’t mean I want it to. To the contrary. But with special elections we saw the initial ones go to Republican after Republican. By last November, though, the momentum had shifted. In Republicans’ subsequent three big losses, starting with the Virginia gubernatorial election, a major reason for the poor performance was on account of Deplorables who gave Trump the White House in 2016 staying home. In the case of many Pennsylvania voters, things got worse still, with many reverting back to their old habit of voting Democrat.
My closing was intentional. Gratuitous self-quote:
It is difficult to overstate how devastating this missed opportunity is.
Switching analogies, the MAGAs were on the Uniparty’s 30 yard-line, leading by six thanks to good game management. It was 3rd and 4 with 90 seconds left. Instead of running up the gut and either picking up the first down to run out the clock (veto sustained) or coming up short and having to settle for a field goal (veto overridden), the MAGAs decided to throw over the middle. The result was a pick six.
That’s probably the ballgame, but the MAGAs will get the ball back with a minute to march back down the field for the go-ahead score. Doing so (building the big, beautiful wall using funds from the $700 billion allotted to the military) isn’t inconceivable: