How Donald Trump affects the ruling class

Since Donald Trump is running as a Big Rorschach Blot, the biggest question is what he would (try to) do as president.  So far, his main goal has been to make Donald Trump a household name, in politics, not just in TV and expensive real estate.  Name recognition is the first step, and in that respect The Don has been a spectacular success.  However, P.R. can win elections, but it tells us nothing about performance in office.

On the plus side, Trump has issued sensible policy proposals, and on Obama's foreign policy mess he is being advised by Senator Jeff Sessions.  Rudy Giuliani is also an active adviser, which is very good news.  Larry Kudlow loves Trump's tax plan.

If "people are policy," that is all good news.  But we have learned not to trust any politician, and conservatives must never let up on pressuring the establishment.  Even reformers tend to turn into tenured elites.  We can't just work on elections when the whole culture needs to be reconquered.

Now we are told by the Washington Post that "psychologists and massage therapists" are seeing a flood of panicky Trumpophobes.  This comes from a WaPo fluff reporter named Paul Schwartzman, whose other contributions include stories on global warming ("unseasonably mild weather in Washington"), snow plowing in D.C., and rumors about GOP non-starters.  For his Scary Don story, Mr. Schwartzman talked with a psychologist named Alison Howard, who specializes in literally every psychological ache and pain, including disorders for which there is no known treatment, like Weltschmerz.  Whether she also gives massages is not stated.

So Paul calls Alison, and together they discover that in recent days, at least two patients have invoked the Republican "front-runner" to explain their troubles.

This must be a powerful Volksbewegung, like the Visigoths  at the gates of Rome.

Conservatives have been panic-stricken about real blunders, like losing the Jihad War, for almost eight years of Obama, plus eight years of the ultra-corrupt Clintons.  Now Hillary promises another eight years of  reruns, if she can stay ahead of the sheriff's posse.  In the last year of Obama every federal building in D.C. has been turned into a fortress, now a reality of everyday life in the capital.  The city streets have been turned into a huge maze, designed to confuse potential terrorists as well as your average citizen.  Traffic cameras photograph your license plates wherever you go.  Last year, part of downtown Baltimore was burned down in race riots, and the DOJ persuaded the cops to retreat and let the city burn.

But the Washington Post is worried about Trump the Cookie Monster.

As for rampant Trumphobia in D.C., I have only one comment: hooray!

And yes, I still hope for a Trump-Cruz ticket.

Since Donald Trump is running as a Big Rorschach Blot, the biggest question is what he would (try to) do as president.  So far, his main goal has been to make Donald Trump a household name, in politics, not just in TV and expensive real estate.  Name recognition is the first step, and in that respect The Don has been a spectacular success.  However, P.R. can win elections, but it tells us nothing about performance in office.

On the plus side, Trump has issued sensible policy proposals, and on Obama's foreign policy mess he is being advised by Senator Jeff Sessions.  Rudy Giuliani is also an active adviser, which is very good news.  Larry Kudlow loves Trump's tax plan.

If "people are policy," that is all good news.  But we have learned not to trust any politician, and conservatives must never let up on pressuring the establishment.  Even reformers tend to turn into tenured elites.  We can't just work on elections when the whole culture needs to be reconquered.

Now we are told by the Washington Post that "psychologists and massage therapists" are seeing a flood of panicky Trumpophobes.  This comes from a WaPo fluff reporter named Paul Schwartzman, whose other contributions include stories on global warming ("unseasonably mild weather in Washington"), snow plowing in D.C., and rumors about GOP non-starters.  For his Scary Don story, Mr. Schwartzman talked with a psychologist named Alison Howard, who specializes in literally every psychological ache and pain, including disorders for which there is no known treatment, like Weltschmerz.  Whether she also gives massages is not stated.

So Paul calls Alison, and together they discover that in recent days, at least two patients have invoked the Republican "front-runner" to explain their troubles.

This must be a powerful Volksbewegung, like the Visigoths  at the gates of Rome.

Conservatives have been panic-stricken about real blunders, like losing the Jihad War, for almost eight years of Obama, plus eight years of the ultra-corrupt Clintons.  Now Hillary promises another eight years of  reruns, if she can stay ahead of the sheriff's posse.  In the last year of Obama every federal building in D.C. has been turned into a fortress, now a reality of everyday life in the capital.  The city streets have been turned into a huge maze, designed to confuse potential terrorists as well as your average citizen.  Traffic cameras photograph your license plates wherever you go.  Last year, part of downtown Baltimore was burned down in race riots, and the DOJ persuaded the cops to retreat and let the city burn.

But the Washington Post is worried about Trump the Cookie Monster.

As for rampant Trumphobia in D.C., I have only one comment: hooray!

And yes, I still hope for a Trump-Cruz ticket.