Trump's gravitational pull is such that he causes his opponents to overplay their hands. In effect, he trolls them into adopting positions so far out of the mainstream that they become self-discrediting. Take, for example, the crisis at the southern border. With the policy of family separation, Trump found himself on the wrong side of a 70/30 issue. His administration spent a lot of time explaining, which in politics means you are losing an argument. But within days the president went on offense by signing an executive order and urging Congress and the courts to regularize asylum and detention law. The Democrats? They quickly found themselves arguing for releasing anyone who crosses the border illegally with a child—not only a dumb idea, but also one that would incentivize future crossings and even child trafficking.Wamp-womp.
Mr Continetti might be a fan of Our President. J. H. Kunstler is not, but he's even less a fan of the Front Row Kids.
One also can’t fail to notice that this latest hysteria was ginned up the very same week that the Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz and FBI Director Christopher Wray testified in congress about the gross and astounding misconduct in the executive suites of those sister agencies — literally a bastion of the Resistance (or Deep State bureaucracy). Some kind of giant worm is turning in that circle of the three-ring-circus US politics has become. A lot of the characters who politicized the FBI — turned it into a chop-shop for election campaign shenanigans — will be headed for grand juries and some of them maybe even jail.Wait, what, "Lock Her Up" might not be just cathartic release at a rally of Deplorables? When a man with a world view in many ways orthogonal to that of Kurt Schlichter sees the same thing Mr Continetti does?
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer failed to offer up any alternative legislative plan for sorting out these children differently. One can infer in the political chatter emanating from the Offendedness Cartel that immigration law is ipso-facto cruel and inhuman and that the “solution” is an open border. In theory, this might play to the Democratic Party’s effort to win future elections by enlisting an ever-growing voter base of Mexican and Central American newcomers. But it assumes that somehow these newcomers get to become citizens, with the right to vote in US elections — normally an arduous process requiring an application and patience — but that, too, is apparently up for debate, especially in California, where lawmakers are eager to enfranchise anyone with a pulse who is actually there, citizen or not.Interesting times, indeed. Now comes Charlie "Never Trump" Sykes, who in his latest Weekly Standard column sees a New Cruelty where once there was a New Deal, but who a few weeks ago saw the Left losing its mind. (Maybe there are times when you are right, dear reader, to think that everyone else has lost his mind and you alone are sane.)
Levitz’s piece is bracing, because it is so candid in its insularity, intellectual bigotry, and closed-mindedness. That makes it valuable as an artifact of the mindset that has done so much to alienate conservatives from much of the media and that has contributed so much to the ghettoization of our political discourse. Not surprisingly, when you tell roughly half of the country that they are benighted bigots whose ideas are no even worth hearing, they go elsewhere.Now comes Power Line's John Hinderaker, proposing that the Front Row Kids haven't been given enough wedgies lately. "Maybe one of these days, liberals will no longer be able to count on the assumption that we are more civilized than they are." That is, Normals will no longer be cowed by hectoring, condescension, or deplorable-shaming.
And we’ve seen how that works out.