David Leonhardt, still clueless about Trump
Leonhardt says that the Republican electorate has become “radicalized” and “angry” and he implies they are also racist.
The real reason is twofold.
(1) I have become convinced by Scott Adams that Trump is a “master persuader.” This is something that Leonhardt doesn’t get, because as a policy wonk he thinks that elections are about policy, when in reality, emotion plays a bigger role in who people vote for.
(2) For years the Republican leadership has been radically more pro-immigration than the actual Republican voters. Although I said that policy isn’t as important as emotion, nevertheless Trump has discovered that this is a winning issue for him. He stopped talking about the other specific policy issues that he previously brought up earlier in his campaign such as the fantasy tax plan. (He probably didn’t even give much input into that tax plan, some staffer who is more conventionally conservative-Republican than Trump probably wrote it.)
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In other Trump news, Scott Adams thinks that the Sarah Palin endorsement is a big win for Trump, and Trump has pulled further ahead in the UK betting markets since the last time I checked.