Monday, August 31, 2015

Daily Trumpeter: Message to progressives: Be careful what you wish for

Here is a cautionary message from Bob Lord at Blog for Arizona, and additional commentary from your Scriber.

You don’t have to look hard to find progressives giddy over Trump’s ascendancy. Just scroll down your Facebook page or check out the comments to posts here. Our own commenter, the omniscient Captain Arizona, is on board. "The enemy of your enemy is your friend," he explains.

Where it is still permitted, we undoubtedly will see progressive mischief makers cross over to vote for Trump in Republican primaries, if his show lasts that long.

As I’ve written previously, I’m sure Trump will crash, or at least fade. Nonetheless, his success thus far should be cause for alarm, not celebration, among thinking, decent people. Face it: If Trump survived the Republican primaries, the only thing between him and the presidency would be people of color. White America would be ready to elect him, perhaps in a landslide. That reality should be chilling.

Trump not only is whipping a huge (and growing) segment of the population into a nativist, nationalist frenzy, he’s doing so based on pure fiction. Our current net in-migration rate is approximately zero. It might even be slightly negative.

... I don’t want the "crowd" in America any more warmed up than it is. Truth is, the current temperature of the crowd scares the crap out of me.

Yes, the consternation Trump has created in the Republican party establishment is entertaining. But if you’re rooting for it to continue, be careful what you wish for.

The situation in the Republican party is bad with Trump being the champion of a racist, fascist movement. But there is another angle on this story. To be sure, with 35% of Republicans favoring Trump, progressives should be very worried. But think about what happens if (when?) Trump does flame out. His obvious inheritors need to pick up that 35% to come anywhere close to winning the election. Having been through a primary season in which they practiced a call-and-raise strategy, copy-catting and out-Trumping Trump, they now have to deliver to that 35%. Trump has opened the gate of political hell and his inheritors will just swing the gate a bit wider.

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