DONALD TRUMP HAS BEDEVILED THE
ENTIRE POLITICAL ESTABLISHMENT
A new eatery in Portland, Oregon, called El Diablito (The Little Devil) staged its grand opening with typical Lefty flair. The event was a piñata party in which apple-cheeked waifs took turns whacking a piñata that had been made up to look like Donald Trump.
I’m sure it was all in good fun, as these Lefty frolics ever are. The party, after all, was touted as a statement against hate.
Which naturally explains the effigy of that great purveyor of hate: The Donald. In fact, the hate-free spirit of the day was underscored by one youngster who called out, “I want to kill him!”
Adding a religious gloss, the woman narrating a video of these festivities posted on YouTube invoked Our Lady of Guadalupe. For the benefit of you non-Catholics, that’s the apparition of Mary that appeared in Mexico in 1531 (because of which Jesus’ mother is given the title, Patroness of the Americas — her feast day is December 12).
Jim Hoft, reporting the El Diablito opening on his Gateway Pundit blog, made a point which I’m sure is obvious to everyone other than the folks in attendance…
“Of course, if it would have been an Obama piñata the media would have called this a ‘racist’ act, but since it’s a Republican it’s all good.”
Well…no point quibbling with Lefties. They just can’t help themselves.
Actually, El Diablito may have provided a perfect descriptive title for candidate Donald Trump. That Little Devil with the blond comb-over has certainly bedeviled both the Republican Party leadership and their counterparts over on the Democrat side, along with the mainstream media, and even Hillary Clinton.
As noted by The Hill…
“Seventy percent of Republican voters believe Donald Trump will be the GOP presidential nominee in 2016, according to a new poll from the conservative-leaning Rasmussen Reports….
“About 55 percent of voters in both parties say Trump will be the Republican Party’s likely presidential nominee, with 25 percent calling him ‘very likely’ and 30 percent ‘somewhat likely.’
And boy, has that shaken things up!
It had long been an article of faith that making Trump the Republican standard bearer would be a gift to Hillary wrapped in a red, white and blue ribbon…
Just let him keep spewing all those hateful, anti-Hispanic, Islamophobic rants. Come the general election, Hilly’ll be eating his lunch.
The trouble with this analysis — as the Dems and the media and everybody else are beginning to realize — is that the more, shall we say, forthright The Donald’s pronouncements are, the higher his poll numbers climb. When, after San Bernardino, Trump called for a temporary freeze on Muslim immigration, voices were heard on all sides shouting in very official and offended tones that such an idea was not only outrageous, but anti-American, and probably unconstitutional.
The result? Trump’s numbers shot through the roof.
Columnist James Taranto captured the consternation (not mention the irony) in The Wall Street Journal. Referring to a poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, Taranto observed…
“Instead of debating the proposal in a reasoned way, the political class — both parties — and many in the media are treating it as a thoughtcrime. Yet the PRRI poll suggests a large majority of Americans are thinking along similar lines.”
Commentator Pat Buchanan just shook his head at how…
“The establishment seemed to have become unhinged.”
…then noted, quite matter-of-factly…
“The Constitution protects freedom of religion for U.S. citizens. But citizens of foreign lands have no constitutional right to migrate. And federal law gives a president broad powers in deciding who comes and who does not, especially in wartime.”
Which may clarify those lines along which the majority is thinking. People see a certain amount of simple good sense in Trump’s suggestion that we take an immigration breather until our leaders can “figure out what’s going on.”
As James Taranto puts it…
“Certainly Islam and the American way of life are compatible inasmuch as America is capable of welcoming Muslims who are not Islamic supremacists. On the other hand, it’s always struck us that categorical statements to the effect that Islam is ‘a religion of peace’ are far more hortatory than empirical….”
Somehow, The Donald — that Little Devil — has his finger on the pulse of the American people. And he keeps proving it, over and over again.
For the best and brightest in political circles, however, that just doesn’t compute. As David Axelrod, former senior adviser to President Obama, told The New York Times…
“The elite political community has been struggling to figure out how to deal with him because they don’t fundamentally understand the phenomenon. He’s speaking to something that they’re just getting their arms around.”
This devilish situation is taking a toll on poor Hillary. Her stump rhetoric has been reduced to little more than Sunday school platitudes…
“We’ve got to do everything we can to weed out hate and plant love and kindness.”
My own view is that the Trump phenomenon reflects a reality that’s much deeper than just worry about immigration and terrorism, unsettling as those issues might be. People are enthralled by Trump’s contempt for so-called “political correctness” (nothing is politically correct as far as he’s concerned).
Why are they lovin’ it so much? Because they’re angry — no, make that…furious — at nearly a half-century assault on the values and freedom that had set life in the U.S. apart from conflicts and suffering endemic to other parts of the world (and from which endless waves of immigrants have fled throughout history).
Americans were told that we should open our hearts to let the nation’s blessings be shared by others too long excluded from them. And, over time, with some grumbling and hesitation, we’ve responded positively.
But rather than receiving words of encouragement and any acknowledgment of real progress made, we’ve been hammered with claims that our values are false and our freedom is a rigged game favoring us with a certain kind of unfair “privilege.”
Whether or not Trump is addressing these resentments directly, his smart-ass self-confidence and shoot-from-the-hip disdain raise hopes of returning to a life that once seemed to make sense but now is out of reach. Essentially, The Donald is serving as the herald of a great restorative revolution that’s much desired and long overdue.
It’s interesting that Donald Trump, this rather odd real estate tycoon and TV star, should be the channel for such desperate feelings. Granted that, in a way, he’s a modern embodiment of the “citizen statesman” with which American government began (Washington, Jefferson, etc. — although he’s an entrepreneur rather than a Virginia planter). Actually, Trump is a creature of the very establishment and media against which the public’s anger is directed.
Frankly, I doubt that the sense of betrayal most people feel is particularly vivid to The Donald; his worldly success has largely insulated him from such assault. But, I do believe he’s the shrewd operator he claims to be, and so he has very cleverly positioned himself as disruptor of the status-quo in a way similar to how Barack Obama made himself the antithesis of George Bush.
I also believe that Republican leaders are in the grip of some weird self-destructive compulsion. It looks like arrangements are currently being made for next year’s convention to freeze The Donald out, no matter how many primary votes he brings with him to Cleveland.
If the bigwigs succeed, they risk losing his army of highly motivated supporters. If they fail and he takes the nomination anyway, I fear a repeat of 1964.
That fateful year, conservative pioneer Barry Goldwater was nominated against the will of GOP power brokers. He then found himself without party unity to defend against the vile character assassination perpetrated by Lyndon Johnson.
Goldwater crashed and burned — and the House and Senate went with him.
Of course, we’re still a long way from convention week, and lots of unexpected things can happen. As I write this, Ted Cruz leads in the run-up to Iowa’s caucuses, according to a poll conducted by Bloomberg News and the Des Moines Register.
Cruz benefits from the fact that he’s so far declined to share in the harsh criticism of Trump. And while he’s looked upon as something of a maverick and isn’t a favorite of the GOP establishment (in truth, he’s alienated a lot of party stalwarts), he is a U.S. senator and so might be more acceptable than a complete loose cannon like The Donald. The bigwigs might just decide…
Better the devil we know than the devil we don’t.
Watch the video of that festive Lefty piñata party at El Diablito in which children fight hate by beating the hell out of The Little Devil. Hey, this is the Pacific Northwest — Starbucks country — so it probably all makes sense to somebody…
James Taranto documents some of the hysterical reaction to Trump’s call for a moratorium on Muslim immigration, even as he wonders if The Donald hasn’t already won the Republican presidential nomination…
Pat Buchanan offers some pertinent thoughts as to why Trump’s idea of an immigration pause might not be totally beyond the pale…
“Set aside al-Qaida, ISIS and their sympathizers. Among the 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide are untold millions of followers of the Prophet who pray for the coming of a day when Shariah is universal and the infidels, i.e., everyone else, are either converted or subjugated.
“In nations where Muslims are already huge majorities, where are the Jews? Where have all the Christians gone?
“With ethnic and sectarian wars raging in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Yemen, Libya, Nigeria and Somalia, why would we bring into our own country people from all sides of these murderous conflicts?”
The Donald’s appeal is a lot broader than some people would have us believe. A Texas imam was forced out of his mosque for supporting Trump…
“Dr. Al Sayyed told KFDM News he was forced to resign as religious director of the Islamic Society of the Triplex after making comments Monday in which he agrees with Donald Trump’s statements that the U.S. should temporarily stop accepting any new Muslim immigrants into the country….
“‘I think any future candidates, presidents who do not support the fact that we need to be more safe and more cautious about whom to bring into this country, whether a Muslim or not,’ Dr. Alsayyed said.”
His explanation is a little garbled, but you get the point. There’s video here…
If you’ve never seen it, here’s the famous “Daisy” ad that capped the slander against Barry Goldwater carried on by the Johnson campaign. In a very subtle (even charming) way it accused Goldwater of being a warmonger…