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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Here Comes Your Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown

As I said a few days ago, the media are PRAYING for a Trump pivot.  They badly need a horse race to clear their margins for the executives at Scheinhart Wigs, and Trump is blowing it.  So, Trump comes out and embraces the Gang of 8 plan that he pilloried in the primaries.

First, we have marveled - I guess - at the dedication of Trump's supporters, but "building the wall" and "kicking all the brown people out" was kind of integral to his message.  Plus, he was running as a not-politician.  Now he's done the most politician thing possible: flip-flopped on his main message in a desperate move right before Labor Day.  Ideally, there is some Dark Money PAC out there to run ads against Trump for this craven flip-flop.  Making Trump a politician is one way to depress enthusiasm for him.

Second, this drives home the more salient criticism of Trump than he's a great big racist.  He's temperamentally unfit to be President.  He bounces from position to position without any regard for the consequences.  He's an ADD 10 year old on a sugar high.

Finally, does anyone really think this will repair his standing with Hispanics, any more than his bizarre pitch to African Americans will win him black votes?  I know that the real target is white conservatives who are uncomfortable with his racism, rather than the targets of his racism itself.  But this ploy is so transparent, plus you can almost guarantee he will wander off script at some point and go back to "build that wall."  Trump is who Trump is, and everyone knows who that is.  Flip-flopping on his unrealistic mass deportation plan is not going to convince anyone.

But that won't stop the media from trying.

I suppose one possible positive of Trump abandoning his Deportation Force is that maybe he can create enough room for an actual immigration bill to pass Congress.  Except Trump has clearly proven to House Republicans exactly what their base voters hate, and it rhymes with Hispanics.

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