It’s an odd time when Peggy Noonan gets the mood of the conservative electorate and Rush Limbaugh doesn’t. Noonan wrote an excellent editorial for the Wall St. Journal titled, “Trump and the Rise of the Unprotected,” which you can read here: http://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-and-the-rise-of-the-unprotected-1456448550.
Here’s a taste:
But I keep thinking of how Donald Trump got to be the very likely Republican nominee. There are many answers and reasons, but my thoughts keep revolving around the idea of protection. It is a theme that has been something of a preoccupation in this space over the years, but I think I am seeing it now grow into an overall political dynamic throughout the West.
There are the protected and the unprotected. The protected make public policy. The unprotected live in it. The unprotected are starting to push back, powerfully.
The protected are the accomplished, the secure, the successful—those who have power or access to it. They are protected from much of the roughness of the world. More to the point, they are protected from the world they have created. Again, they make public policy and have for some time.
I want to call them the elite to load the rhetorical dice, but let’s stick with the protected.
They are figures in government, politics and media. They live in nice neighborhoods, safe ones. Their families function, their kids go to good schools, they’ve got some money. All of these things tend to isolate them, or provide buffers. Some of them—in Washington it is important officials in the executive branch or on the Hill; in Brussels, significant figures in the European Union—literally have their own security details.
Because they are protected they feel they can do pretty much anything, impose any reality. They’re insulated from many of the effects of their own decisions.
Noonan, who also understood the rise of Obama, shows the most perception she has had in years.
Rush, on the other hand, has joined old media in coronating Ted Cruz. Along with him are Mark Levin, the National Review, GOP fat cats and Glenn Beck. Rush denies that he endorses anyone in the presidential primary, but clearly, he hearts Ted.
Fox News has decided bias for Marco Rubio, while Sean Hannity and Herman Cain have been very fair to all candidates. The GOP big donors and elites have chosen Rubio, too.
It’s been interesting to watch, but disheartening, too.
At a time when the country needs a good housecleaning, many you wouldn’t expect to stay establishment have voted to keep the establishment in charge. You can argue that Cruz is an outsider, but he isn’t really. He’s operated in the confines of government and been a senator for too long. How can you really be a revolutionary and sit in the Senate accomplishing nothing for years?
People like Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin understand the electorate. She’s endorsed Trump and rumors are that Gingrich wants on the Trump post election team. Gingrich unleashed could do some good things for the country.
Even on conservative websites with stories bashing Trump, the comments swing the other way. Here’s an example from the conservative American Thinker blog after a post dissing Trump:
He won’t reliably support the GOP if President???!!!??? When the eff has the GOP reliably supported us? He doesn’t need to support the GOP, he needs to finally extinguish it (which he is putting the finishing touches on right now).
No one fears Cruz – he can’t win, won’t win. He is physically creepy, his voice irritates, his court lawyer speech pattern comes across as phony, and his support of TPP and Corker and increased immigration, and his wife’s involvement in the North American Union planning cause many of us to view him as phony. Deal with the facts.
Rubio is a sweaty, nervous child who Putin will sodomize to both of their delight
I choose the genuine phony vs the phony, phony everytime
If you want to be on the side of Obama, Glenn Beck, Vincente Fox, the commie Pope, Paul Ryan, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Chinese – oppose Trump
If you want to be on the side of America and Americans – vote, work for and donate to Donald J Trump
The GOPe, as many now call it (establishement, elite, enablers), is looking into a possible third party run for Romney or Rubio. Wrap your brain around that one.
Doesn’t it validate just what Noonan sees?