This National Review GOP pundit’s article needs to be savored like a fine brandy. It’s like watching a French noble wondering why the peasants are assembling a guillotine on his lawn. This is some of the most astounding delusional nonsense I’ve ever seen from someone purports to be an important pundit. This is what is going on inside his head. Seriously.
The short version
1: Our base is a is bunch of ideologically rigid, easily frustrated voters who are going with Trump because they feel we have not been hardcore enough.
2: These easily gulled and misled peasants are burning down the house!
3: Just when we’re on the cusp of HUGE resurgence in GOP conservatism
4: If Trump is elected life on earth will end.
5: I am not worried about my job!
6: FOR GOD’S SALE SOMEONE PUSH THE RED BUTTON! MELT THE FENCES! …NOW!!!
OK so … the REAL GOP electorate are actually this “significant portion” of hardcore, ideologically rigid people NOT the registered GOP voters going for Trump. Wha…?
Oh wait … it’s all just a big misunderstanding by “the most frustrated voters” AKA the GOP working class base who are easily misled.
But… but … all the pieces are in place! we’re on the cusp edge of a re-building resurgence and the peasants are trying to burn the castle down. They’re crazy! I shall turn to drink! a fine bourbon of course.
OK …so what happens?
Oh… so life on earth would end.
Of *course *you’re not worried about your job, your retirement, your status, your relevance or even the marvelous champagne parties. You are brave and stouthearted man!
The prince, also called “Seine Tollität” (His Madness), is the most important personage of the Cologne carnival. His float is the final one in the large parade on Shrove Monday. The naming as “prince” came as late as 1872, prior to it the name was “Held Carneval” (hero carnival), the personification of carnival. His attributes however remained unchanged, those of a regent: crown with peacock tail, a golden chain, a girdle with glitzy stones, white undershorts and a purple jacket. A sceptre in the right hand, and a slapstick in the left one. The slapstick is known as a general symbol of the fool, but specifically it is a fertility symbol and the symbol of the princely reign over his fool people during carnival. Cologne Carnival — Wikipedia
Well, we certainly have a new contender for the worst use of " a Manhattan Project for X".
I especially like that he wants an “expedited Manhattan Project”. No lazy dilly-dallying around like Oppenheimer and Groves did with the Nazi’s. This is really serious.
Also, the “melt down the fences, we need long range bombers here” is such a weird metaphor I can’t even guess what it means. Is it a reference to something I’m unfamiliar with? Why do bombers meant to fight Trump need to be long-range? What fences? Are we melting down the fences because they’re in the way of us building bombers and melting is the best way to get rid of them, or to get material for the bombers, or for some other purpose? Is melted fence a natural bomber building material for some reason I’m unaware of?
I get a flash that he’s referring to the nuclear nightmare scene in the Terminator, where somebody is clinging to a wire playground fence when the blast hits. Hard to be sure, guy writes like a dump truck sings.
Ross Douthat has a column in the NYT blaming Democrats for Trump because Obama was too much a celebrity and his “imperial presidency” paved the way for Trump’s bullying. Yes, and two lines of lip service about how Bush is to blame… for providing the opening for Obama.
Must be a foregone conclusion that Trump is going to win if the conservative establishment is already looking for ways to make it all the liberals’ fault.
Sorry if you don’t understand the code here, but the term “voters” does not include the deluded liberals and socialists who help the Obamas and Clintons get elected: no true [del]Scotsman[/del] voter would act that way.
During WWII, the British government requisitioned fences and railings, including from the estates and London homes of the gentry and nobility, to be melted down and used for military purposes. That fits with the “chaps” in the last sentence.