27.4.16

THE CASE FOR ENDING THE PRESIDENTIAL CULT.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton took care of business in yesterday's party primaries.  The prospect of a Trump candidacy is shaking up pundits of the right.  But in those fretful columns, there's the beginning of wisdom.  Here's Jim Geraghty, for National Review.
If you’re hoping Trump will be that strong, protective father figure you always wanted, you’re going to be deeply disappointed. You’re also going to be disappointed by Clinton, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, or Bernie Sanders. This isn’t a matter of their character; it’s a categorizing error. The job of the president is not to be your dad. If you want a mentor — an older, wise voice of experience in your life, go ahead and go find one. The world is full of good people who can perform that role. But the folks busy competing to be the next commander-in-chief aren’t among them.
Mr Geraghty notes that Republicans used to be skeptical of president-as-messiah (perhaps that changed with Ronald Reagan.)

The work to be done, however, requires leadership, plus emergence.  Tyler O'Neil for Pajamas Media.
Because he has made a vast array of off-the-cuff promises, Trump represents less a political platform and more a seething tide of resentment. He has become the symbol of anger at the establishment, at the absurdities of political correctness, at the "progressive" acid that is eating our culture from within.

Republican leaders deserve to be rebuked for giving in too quickly, political correctness deserves to be flouted and destroyed, and the ideology of progressivism needs a good kick in the pants to send it back where it belongs -- in the dark ages with other oppressive statist ideologies. But Donald Trump is not the man to do this. The man is a deal maker, not a battering ram. He is a failed businessman, and all the bravado in the world can't save you from a history of bankruptcies and broken relationships. There are few solid reasons to put our trust in this man, no matter how many votes he wins.
Perhaps, though, the public and the pundits will rediscover that there's an Article I in the Constitution, and in it are the powers by which other elected representatives can check what a president does.  A lot of the public already gets this.  The pundits?  Well, they get to sit around under pictures of D.C. landmarks and make all their nowhere plans.

The nowhere plans have gotten, well, nowhere, which Commentary's Noah Rothman suggests might be part of Mr Trump's appeal.  "The Obama years have not been kind, and a sense of hopelessness and frustration can drive anyone to extreme measures."

When you have eliminated the impossible ...

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