As my long-time readers may have noticed, I don’t blog about politics much these days. This is in spite of the fact that we are having perhaps the most interesting primary season I can remember.
Well, in the words of Warren Zevon: “there’s nothing I can do or say/I haven’t done or said”. There’s nothing new here, even as stunning as it is to watch.
I’m just revisiting all my old posts about charisma and nationalism and realizing that Trump is the culmination of two trends in American politics: the ever-increasing preference for charismatic “big personalities” over policy details, and a growing desire among the people to pursue protectionist economic program and reverse decades of free-trade policies made by Democrats and Republicans alike.
Given that, I feel like I should have seen it coming.