The media, pundits and establishment GOP types who are wigging out over Donald Trump remind me of a famous quote by New York Times film reviewer Pauline Kael.
It is said she remarked after the Nixon landslide: “I can’t believe Nixon won. I don’t know anyone who voted for him.” Granted that John Podhoretz in Commentary has said the quote most probably was “I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don’t know. They’re outside my ken. But sometimes when I’m in a theater I can feel them.”
As Podhoretz points out, this version “is even worse, as it indicates that Kael was actually acknowledging her provincialism (‘I live in a rather special world’) and from its perch expressing her distaste for the unwashed masses with whom she sometimes had to share a movie theater. What this indicates is that, even then, liberal provincialism was as proud of its provincialism as any Babbitt.”
But funny how pundits don’t see that they are reacting like that, too, when it comes to Donald Trump. Some conservative ones have given him a hard time and just can’t acknowledge or understand why he is popular. They are as blind as Pauline Kael.
Michael Bargo American Thinker has put his finger on the phenomena.
What voters intuitively see, and Trump’s critics in the media and RNC don’t get, is that voters want a rude person. They want someone who’s going to insist on cutting the EPA’s budget, slashing the Dept. of Education, and standing up for disabled veterans who have gotten the short end of the stick under President Obama. Not only do they tolerate Trump’s rudeness; they crave it. They intuitively see that anyone who has a smarmy, go-along-to-get-along attitude is not going to get things done. They don’t want a politician who is going to look sophisticated, who has expensive clothes – at taxpayer expense – and uses Air Force One to go golfing while preaching that voters shouldn’t contribute to the carbon in the atmosphere.
They want a president who doesn’t give a damn about what people think, because only someone who doesn’t care what people think won’t be manipulated by what people think. This is the whole explanation. Americans want hard decisions made – someone who will stand up for American principles and not care if the media object to any little phrase he uses. They want someone who is not offended by what the media say about how offensive his language is. The First Amendment stands for the right to use offensive language, and if people are offended when the truth is spoken, too bad.
American voters know all too well that political correctness is designed to shut them up. Well, when they talk to their friends, they don’t shut up, and they won’t tolerate anyone who tries to shut them up. So they want a president who won’t let the media tell him to shut up. After all, what do the media know about working at real jobs, paying taxes, and raising a family? All the media know about is how to sit in a chair, get their hair and makeup done, and repeat the same old liberal garbage about being sensitive.
Voters are sick of Republicans saying what they are going to do and then not forcing Obama to obey the law or the Constitution.
Another thing about Trump that voters intuitively understand is that this is the way he is. There’s no way – and voters sense this – that Trump could have hired a public relations firm who asked people if they would be offended by such phrases as “today’s politicians are stupid and incompetent.” These political consultants would have advised Trump to never say such things. But Trump does. This proves to voters that Trump is speaking his mind and doesn’t give a damn if nobody likes him, and if they criticize him, he will fight back.
Media types aren’t used to politicians fighting back. That’s another thing the media don’t like about Trump. He’s supposed to cower before their little comments, said with a smile, and apologize. Media talking heads have huge egos and imagine they run the country. They are finding out they don’t.
Some of the media don’t like learning that they may be “stupid and incompetent,” as shown through their failure to understand Trump. But it’s not Trump they don’t understand; it’s the voters. They fly private jets, have private tailors and hairdressers cater to them, and are waited on hand and foot. They don’t know what’s going on in the country.
American voters are tired of those politicians who work, in their own terms, to minimize their negatives, to offend as few “voter groups” as possible. That’s a liberal tactic: to categorize the entire nation into voter groups, analyze what they want to hear, and then speak it to them. It’s all gone too far.
Voters all over the country are seeing the outrageous public pensions, the high cost of college tuition, the unprecedented influx of illegal immigrants, the inability of their kids – and themselves – to find good jobs, and they instinctively know it’s all gone wrong. They know in their gut that the country has changed. And they blame politicians and their media enablers for creating this kind of country.
Politicians and their media enablers have fallen into this way of doing things, but the voters don’t like it. The voters want change, and they see in Trump’s unfiltered personality someone who can effect it.
That’s why every time the media has said Trump has insulted someone and that he’s through, that his poll numbers grow. He can say negative things about John McCain, Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina; it won’t hurt him. It endears him to those who want someone to start speaking up.
I don’t see that changing before the primaries.