Why Democrats are so ineffective in dealing with Trump

Robert Tracinski:
Our politics is settling down to into a distinct pattern. It goes like this. Donald Trump says or does something that ranges from the provocative, to the childish, to the utterly normal and unexceptional. The media and the opposition political party (but I repeat myself) then totally over-react and hyperventilate. They take something bad and blow it out of proportion, claiming that mean tweets to talk show hosts constitute an assault on freedom of the press itself. Or they take nothing and turn it into something, calling a Trump press conference “fake” because the president took questions from a friendly reporter, as if this has never happened before.

Consider Trump’s speech in Poland, which was a fairly standard invocation of freedom and Western values, mixed with some implicitly nationalist phrasing and a lot of talk about faith and tradition. But Democrats and their supporters in the media freaked out about it, describing it as some kind of fascist manifesto.

The entire Trump phenomenon is a live-action version of the old parable about the boy who cried wolf. Spend decades telling everyone that George Bush is Hitler or that Mitt Romney is a racist, and you’ll find that there is nowhere left to go when you try to warn everyone that Trump is worse. Crank your reaction to every Trump statement or speech all the way up to eleven, and people dismiss you as noise and tune you out. So there’s no reserve of extra outrage to tap when Trump really does do something awful.

... Democrats are cocooning themselves in slogans about “resistance” and “persistence,” trapping themselves in a purely reactive approach to Trump. I have suspected for a while that Trump’s election seems to have broken something in the Left, and I think I can finally put my finger on exactly what it is. He so thoroughly seems to confirm all of their fondest caricatures of the Right that they think he excuses them from having to react objectively and thoughtfully to new facts, or from having to understand the actual arguments, ideas, and attitudes of anyone who disagrees with them. This means that they’re not figuring out how to appeal to anyone who is not already with “the resistance.”
There is more.

This is a good analysis of the mistakes being made by the left and their media cohorts.  But don't expect them to read and comprehend what Traceinski is saying.  They are truly cocooning in their own world and not communicating with the rest of us.


  1. I maintain Donald Trump is the Penn & Teller President.

    He does (says, Tweets, etc.) something over here, while the serious stuff is done over there. This distracts the media and Dems (but, I repeat myself) into chasing moonbeams while he actually gets important things done. It's magic.


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