Tuesday, May 03, 2016

"Trump Has Won"

Well, it's all over but the counting. As of tonight, the eventuality that seemed nigh inconceivable a year ago has come to pass: Donald Trump has locked up the necessary delegates to make it a mathematical certainty that he'll be the Republican party's presidential nominee this year. Jonathan Chait has a pretty good breakdown of how we got to this point, and what precisely Trump's ascendancy means vis-a-vis the GOP, but I think this particular bit was worth highlighting separately:
The paranoid mendacity of Joe McCarthy, the racial pandering of Barry Goldwater, Richard Nixon, and George Bush, the jingoism and anti-intellectualism of Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, and Sarah Palin — all these forces have embodied the essence of American conservative politics as it is actually practiced (rather than as conservative intellectuals like to imagine it). Trump has finally turned that which was always there against itself.
We're through the looking glass now, people. Buckle up. Read all of Chait's commentary here.

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