It is amusing how up in arms the average American voter is getting as she watches the political class’ house burn down. The fear and trepidation expressed by the left and right wings of the political class is not so much in response to Donald Trump’s blustering, “go big or go home” approach to his campaign. It is actually more of a reflection of how inept they have become in reading the needs of a broad base of Americans whose political tastes have changed and are dissatisfied with the same old menu of promises and rhetoric that the left and right have forced fed them since the beginning of the Progressive Era.
Donald Trump, the master of marketing and branding, has taken good notes from political focus groups and given these growing angry voters a voice.
The Establishment, if it ever really knew how to give voice to the masses, has disconnected itself from this primary art of the political deal. It has gotten so used to baking the same old donuts that it has sacrificed its creativity in meeting the needs of a public it pretends to represent.
The Establishment has been pursuing the wrong type of political business cost containment; it has decided it is cheaper to stay on the high horse and cast down upon the masses the same old ready-to-eat rations in order to increase for themselves the profits derived from political privilege and power. Mr. Trump has exposed this weakness and the Establishment’s response to being caught with its britches around its ankles is to call out to whatever minions it has left to rally in opposition to Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump represents an existential threat to the political class and the Establishment hopes to use the farce of the popular vote to save themselves.
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