Where is Tom Wolfe when we really need him. Bonfire of the Vanities is over 30 years old, but the inside look it gave to the Manhattan upper crust is as revealing as ever. In the mind of Donald Trump, he’s the alpha Manhattan male, the king of the hill, at the top of the heap. You don’t mess with the Donald. Ailes tried, and is paying the price.
I’ve had a lot of time on my hands since we moved to California, and I’ve read extensively about almost every President. The only one who bears comparison to Trump is Andrew Jackson. But there’s a big difference between them. Jackson was absolutely devoted to the Constitution. His veto of the Bank of the United States charter was very controversial, and may well have led to the Panic of 1837. He didn’t care. To him, the bank was unconstitutional.
What is Donald Trump devoted to? His country, I’ll give him that. But beyond that no one really knows. And yet here he is leading in Iowa with five days to go. It’s unsettling.
I get angry when I think about it, but I’m not mad at Trump or his tribe. Trump’s a demagogue. That’s just who he is and what he does. He sees an opportunity and he takes it. It’s like getting mad at a dog for rolling around in an old moose kill. He’s just being a dog.
And the people who believe in Trump are good Americans. They’re my people. When I was a kid growing up, they were our neighbors. I like these people. I’m still one of them, really.
These people have been betrayed, they know it, and they are very angry. It started with Bush 1 and his desire to be kinder and gentler than the inflexible Reagan. As a matter of fact, since Reagan the Republican Party has not had one principled conservative in its leadership. Not one, in 28 years. That’s what makes me angry. A political party led by the likes of Bush 1, Dole, Bush 2, McCain and Romney deserves the fate it suffered. Thanks largely to the Bushes, the Republican Party, the Republican brand, is practically worthless.
Hence, Donald Trump.
If Trump doesn’t show up tomorrow night Cruz should speak directly to the Trump voters. Tell them he understands who they are, and why they’re frustrated and angry. The Washington cartel, the mass of politicians from both parties, has, indeed, sold them down the river. And that cartel is what the people of Texas elected him to fight, not to join. And he has fought that cartel from the day he has sworn in, and they hate him for it. He poses a threat to them. Their fear is so strong that at least some of them would rather nominate Trump, and face certain defeat, than having to face Ted Cruz as President.
Because if he is elected that Washington cartel knows exactly what he’ll do. He’ll do just as he says he would, and they would be in the fight of their lives.
Trump’s voters need to understand that the Washington cartel is like the Terminator. You don’t reason with it. You don’t do a deal with it. You don’t negotiate with it. You fight it, tooth and nail, and you defeat it.
And you have to know what you’re doing. To take on the cartel will require someone with special skills and knowledge. There is a very good reason we’ve never elected a political novice, other than a general, to the Presidency. We want to have some idea of what we’re getting, not a pig in a poke.
This is why not showing up tomorrow is such a huge mistake. People are just getting to know him. They’re trying to figure out what kind of guy he really is. By walking out of the debate he’s revealing a rash, impetuous streak that people don’t want in a President.
I’ve developed a strange new respect for Fox’s Brett Baier. The questions he asked Trump, and the way he asked them, makes me take him seriously. If he doesn’t bore in on ethanol tomorrow night I will be sorely disappointed.
The darkest days are behind us, and every day is longer than the last. The greening of the land has begun, the first signs of spring appear.
This is going to be the best year ever.