Conservatives, and especially those of us in fly-over country, tend to poke fun at the coastal leftists that try to discover these hidden tribes with odd beliefs that lurk in these strange burgs that the locals often pronounce wrong. Places like Cairo, Illinois. Jonah Goldberg, writing at NRO, goes on a similar journey as he tries to understand folks who support The Donald. As if we didn’t know, Jonah tell us where he stands on The Donald at the end of his journey:
It may be that once [The Donald] is no longer the commander in chief in the war against Blue America, the ardor of his troops will give way to a better understanding of the price the GOP paid on his watch.
It is difficult to write about stuff you don’t understand. Jonah put the question about The Donald’s approval rating by Republicans this way:
[The Donald] is consistently hitting in the mid- to high 80s with Republicans in polling, which demands a question: Why are his actual numbers so high?
When you write or talk about what you don’t know you sometimes get distracted and forget what you know. Jonah knows many things but two things he knows for sure are, one, approval of The Donald, or anyone else, is a yes or no question. Two, in any coalition, like The Donald’s, there are lots of different factions.
That means that Jonah’s emphasis on “unwavering support” for The Donald is not related to his approval rating. There are folks that give unwavering support or unwavering resistance to The Donald. We are open to evidence but we don’t see these as large the largest groups in either coalition. There are supporters of The Donald that love his twitter feed but many would lock him out. Others like his trade wars while we hate them.
Jonah does have a point that hyper-partisanship on one side causes some on the other side. It is like arguing with your roommate about sports teams and folks say things like no player from Arsenal could start at Tottenham (or vice versa) and things escalate from there. Some of the Republicans are rabid supporters of The Donald but we think more are like us. The Donald has done good things on regulations, taxes, the court appointments. Then there is the alternative. First, there was the choice in the 2016 election. We thought The Donald dominated his opponent. The alternatives have not gotten better since then. Kevin D. Williamson at NRO puts the choice in his usual acerbic manner:
Eliminating the ability of those who currently align with the Republican party to meaningfully participate in national politics is not only wishful thinking in the pages of the New York Times. It is the progressive program, from Washington to Palo Alto and beyond.
The Editors at NRO tell us about Elizabeth Warren’s (and some other Democrat presidential candidates) plan for eliminating fracking:
Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts promises that if she is elected president, she will issue an immediate unilateral prohibition — based on some presidential power that she’ll invent as soon as she gets around to it — on the method of natural-gas production known colloquially as “fracking.” Other Democratic contenders, including Vermont socialist Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris of California, have made similar promises.
It is not just AOC. People that you might describe as serious senior leaders of the Democrats are making The Donald look good now and in 2020. Like many other folks on the right, we approve of The Donald. Our judgment is he is far from perfect but he has done some good things and we don’t approve of the opposition. We hope Jonah will reverse the Bill and Ted franchise and soon go on an excellent adventure. Strange things are afoot at the Circle K … and in the whole country.