I’m doing the campaign season stuff apart from the usual Sunday wrap-up so that this can serve as an open thread on campaign stuff.
* Ted Cruz is lauded for having a great ground organization. Jim Jones also had a great ground organization.
* Blogmeister Echo Syndrome, sorta: I’ve been saying that Trump as Republican nominee will have no coattails, that I could easily see Trump winning states where the Republican Senate candidate running for election or re-election loses at the same time on the same day. It’s all because of what is referenced here, the Fishtown voter from Charles Murray’s book, Coming Apart.
* Speaking of Charles Murray, we have this piece from AEI relayed via Breitbart. I tend to think that all it’s really saying, with weasel phrases like “adjust its vocabulary,” is that the modern incumbent establishment elite should find a better sales pitch to peddle its elitism to the rubes and the masses. Also, I don’t think that today’s growing schism between rubes and elites has much to do with postmodernism and values.
* I’ve mentioned this race before in this space in the recent past, as the Democrat primary is the election for all intents and purposes. While I haven’t been paying attention to it, after Elijah Cumstain decided not to run, Donna Edwards has pulled slightly ahead of Chris Van Hollen. One of Edwards’s big issues against Van Hollen is Israel, that he’s too much of a pro-Israel stooge, while she is opposed to Israel’s “apartheid” policy and mentioned their policy, recently done away with by the Israeli Supreme Court, of sterilizing black immigrant women.
That’s the problem with the coalition of the fringes. Because there’s no Republican party in Maryland that is credible on the Federal office elected level, its two Senators and most of its House delegation will be Democrat for the forseeable future, the political center and homeostatic equilibrium is lodged within the Democrat party itself, and this means the coalition of the fringes turns on itself and each other. It’s also an example of white liberal Democrats’ pets turning on them.
* It’s a short one about why Trump’s skepticism of neoconservative bellicosity is a political winner, but in it, it sorta makes a confession. Let’s see if my peanut gallery can pick up on it.
* The Trump campaign has resurrected the memory of Sam Francis, and now it is also doing the same for Christopher Lasch.
* To provide yet another piece of evidence that modern day lamestream conservatism is turning into a cult:
Nobody but nobody doesn’t associate Phyllis Schlafly with conservatism. And, Ted Cruz is supposed to be today’s political archetype of the trew conservative.
Though I now think that one of the many things that the Trump campaign is unwittingly doing is separating the men and women from the boys and girls, in that it’s exposing who was only ever in the conservative game because they really wanted populism and nationalism, and (mistakenly) thought that conservatism was a satisfactory political synonym for populism and nationalism (e.g. Schlafly), and those who adopted conservatism as sort of a pure ideological exercise.
* I read another lesson from this. Read carefully, and you’ll find hints that the millennial white right is Alt-Right, not lamestream conservative.
* IRONY ALERT: Claire McCaskill was one of the very first high level elected Democrats to endorse Baraq Obama over Hillary Clinton, a woman, early in the Democrat Presidential race, back in mid-2007. A lot of high level women elected Democrats also did the same at about that time, and it was that which led me to think that there was some sort of queen bee syndrome politics at work. My conclusion was that these women didn’t like Hillary for whatever reason women can work up to hate each other, and they wanted to harden the glass ceiling above Hillary’s head so that she wouldn’t wind up being the first woman President, as many of these women Democrats had that same ambition for themselves.