Trump, the Third Way Democrats, and Napoleon
Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence.–Napoleon Bonaparte
Lest we forget, Napoleon was a master politician as well as a military genius. He knew that it was just as important not to overestimate one’s political opponents as much as to avoid underestimating them. When it comes to Trump and the Third Way Democrats such as the Clintons, Pelosi, and their ilk, I think way too many people are grossly overestimating them.
Take Trump. Gods, he is clearly the most inept individual to occupy the White House in my or my parents’ lifetimes, and one of them was born when Wilson was President. All he knows how to do is to throw money around with his family business, get people to invest in projects with his name on them, mismanage them until they fail, stick others with the costs of those failures, and move on to the next project with his name on it. Win some, lose some, he still rakes it in. And when he doesn’t know what the fuck to do, which is frequent because he’s a pretty stupid and ignorant man, he delegates to someone else and blames them when they can’t get something he started to work.
Donald Trump has never accepted responsibility for anything that ever went wrong in his life. Not once. At least I can’t remember him ever taking responsibility for one of his plethora of SNAFU’s, FUBAR’s, and other fuck ups. There was no reason to think he would change if he became President, and he hasn’t. He almost undoubtedly has financial interests that are tied up with some Russian oligarchs, and definitely has interests with people like the Saudis. Yet he’s too childish to even set up a blind trust to provide a fig leaf of Presidential integrity!
He’s so ignorant he thought Andrew Jackson was alive when the Civil War started. He doesn’t think much before he tweets, speaks, or acts. This is very apparent. The most recent example is his firing of FBI Director Comey. For whatever real reason, he decided to fire the guy, ordered the Deputy Attorney General to draft a letter coming up with a reason for firing him, and all Rosenstein could think of was that Comey screwed up when he announced he was reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.
And Trump was stupid enough to think that this would be no big deal! Surely the Democrats would be glad to be rid of Comey. What a fucking idiot! Either it never occurred to him that the optics and the timing would be most suspicious, or he’s so arrogant that he didn’t care, or both. No Clintonian or CIA conspiracy, and no Russian plot to influence the election, are needed to explain what is obviously going on here. We have an inept man surrounded by craven fanatics like Sessions and Bannon, and money-grubbing wheeler-dealers like Mnuchin and Kushner, who throws tantrums. And he’s not going to stop. Sooner or later, even most elected Republicans will either turn on him or run from him. He has sealed his own fate.
As for the Third Way, they’ve screwed up just as badly. First, their policies were proven to be detrimental to the interests of all working class and most middle class Americans throughout both the Clinton and Obama years. People know they suck. Then they nominate one of the most reviled politicians in the history of presidential elections because it’s Her Turn, do everything they can to help Trump win the Republican nomination because he’s obviously such a reprehensible moron that even She can beat him, and then lose to this fool!
Then, just like Trump, they all refuse to accept the least bit of personal responsibility for their own shellacking and blame the fucking Russians, of all people, for the horrible crime of releasing the truth about them to the American people! And, to top it all off, they then claim in open court that they can lie and defraud whoever they want within the Democratic Party, because they’ve got the money and the donors and the power and screw you, progressives. And then they get all pissy when progressives refuse to take being bullied anymore.
Again, you don’t need a vast right wing conspiracy theory or the manipulations of intelligence agencies foreign or domestic to figure out what really happened here. Ineptitude on a colossal scale.
In the short term, we all need to fight Trump and company tooth and nail, and then probably Pence and crew. We also need to fight the Third Way, whether that’s going Green or forming a new party or attacking them from within the Democratic Party. What we don’t need to do is to overestimate these people or any of their donors and allies. We can clearly outsmart them because they’re just not all that bright. We outnumber them. And that means we can out-organize them, and ultimately defeat them.
We progressives need to have just a little faith in our own strengths and a realistic appraisal of our opponents’ strengths and glaring weaknesses. It’s easier to stay sane that way. It’s also easier to win that way.20score, chknltl, Ichingcarpenter and 25 otherstonyl, Johnny Rash, Salemcourt, JEB, Tierra y Libertad, Betty Karlson, Two way street, rampart, disillusioned73, Fuddnik, closeupready, Iwalani88, Xyzse, Enthusiast, , daleanime, 3FingerBrown, Baba OhReally, Populist Prole, virgdem, relgire, Lucas Jackson, Marym625, arendt, Doremus Jessup like this"Identity politics is the last refuge of the politically incompetent." --Me, with a hat tip to Isaac Asimov
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