Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The backlash election

The Trumpists are coming to punch some hippies in 2016
In a new poll released by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) on Tuesday, a whopping 43 percent of Americans told researchers that discrimination against whites has become as large a problem as discrimination against blacks and other minority groups. And an even bigger share of Americans — 53 percent — told pollsters American culture and "way of life" have mostly changed for the worse since 1950.
Donald Trump will not be the Republican nominee. But there's a reason his style and rhetoric has been striking a chord with Republican voters this summer and fall.  This is going to be an angry angry backlash election dominated by white middle and working class voters who correctly perceive that their prospects have diminished but incorrectly diagnose the reasons for that.  All of the Republican candidates are following Trump's lead in playing to this anxiety and misdirecting it at immigrants/blacks/"lazy millenials"etc. The eventual nominee (it won't be Trump) will be the candidate who best connects with voters via this message.

There's a more progressive populist argument to be made that might counter some of this poison. But "The Left" is not making it.  Instead its institutions, such as they are, are rallying behind the terrible Clinton monster and doing their best to hide even the mild debates the Democratic candidates even bother to appear in.  2016 is going to be awesome.

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