David Brooks Twists Himself in Rhetorical Knots to Avoid Admitting Republicans are Crazy
Why is Donald Trump leading the GOP 2012 contenders in polls? Because Republicans are batshit.
Now, that may not be a very nice thing to say, but we have polls that show the majority of Republicans are birthers (Trump’s raison d’être) historical revisionists, reject modern science and perhaps most telling, voted enthusiastically to install The Quitter in the White House.
But if you’re Bobo, you can’t just say, “Republicans are batshit.” Or even “antic.” You have to avoid that Occam’s Razor explanation at all costs — in fact, you have to avoid using the word “Republican” once in an 800-word column about the Republican primary — and write absolute nonsense like this:
Thus, there has always been a fan base for the abrasive rich man. There has always been a market for books by people like George Steinbrenner, Ross Perot, Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Bobby Knight, Howard Stern and George Soros. There has always been a large clump of voters who believe that America could reverse its decline if only a straight-talking, obnoxious blowhard would take control.
Don’t you love the way Bobo throws George Soros in at the end? Both sides do it! The left is just as crazy!
Other than the sheer weirdness and randomness of this list, the main problem with this false equivalence is George Soros or Howard Stern, erm, never lead in the polls of a Democratic presidential primary. And except for Ross Perot (independents are crazy too!) — the others are all noted Republican partisans, though again — none of them ever had the lead in a presidential primary.
Also, what does selling lots of books have to do with attracting major support for a presidential run? Patterson/Steel 2016!
Now he [Trump] spouts birther nonsense and calls Obama the worst president in American history. Now he leads rallies that make Michele Bachmann events look like the League of Women Voters. Even angry American voters want some level of seriousness, prudence and self-control.
Except “angry Republican primary voters” are a very specific subset of “American voters” — and they clearly don’t give a flip about seriousness and self-control or anything else — which is why The Donald’s birther nonsense and unhinged rhetoric has him in the lead.