Monday’s Mtg, Part III: Trump and the Future of the Republican Party

Dammit! Just in time for our meeting on Monday, Donald Trump goes and destroys his own candidacy today. In case you missed it, Trump turned a 90-minute stump speech into a vicious diatribe against people he ohlds in sneering contempt. Yawn. Well, today those enemies were (1) Iowans, and (2) evangelical Christians I general. The Media focus has been on the way Trump’s highly-personal and nasty attacks on Ben Carson, who now leads Trump in Iowa bit still trails in nationwide. He compared Carson’s alleged violent temper as a youth to the pathology of a child molester and asked, “How stupid are the people of Iowa” to believe Carson’s many tall tales. (The latter’s a good question. IMO).

But check this. Trump also ranted that Carson

…goes into the bathroom for a couple of hours and he comes out and now he’s religious. And the people of Iowa believe him. Give me a break. Give me a break. It doesn’t happen that way. It doesn’t happen that way….Don’t be fools, okay?

All. Done. I think this will drop Trump’s popularity in half, sooner rather than later. . Trump was a hero to 30% or so of the GOP base as long as he expressed hatred for the things they hate. I know elites have said trump is toast before, but Trump has never before spoken of his – rather obvious, frankly – contempt for religion before. Ridiculing the core belief of evangelism that people can be saved by a simple act of faith? A game-ender, especially in an election that the Right is turning into a culture war election rather than an economic referendum.

But, we’re fine. I think progressive sometimes overstate how important Trump’s rise is. But, Trumpism is a real window into the GOP as it is presently constituted and may offer some clues about where the party is heading in the future. Here are just a few more links on these matters.

LINKS – Future of the Republican Party

OTHER POSTS for this week’s mtg on Trumpism –

Part I: Is Trump’s popularity real?

Part II: Theories of Trumpism.

Part IV: Some more conservative POVs on all of this.

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