observations and opinion
There has never been serious doubt about the inherently anti-democratic, fascistic element feeding Trumpism. It is the product of cultural developments that have both changed the Republican Party, and been assiduously exploited by the Republican Party.
That phenomenon set Trump up for success. Yet from the earliest days, Trump’s potential to get elected was ignored or denied by people who should have known better. That’s because they were in denial about what the GOP had already become before Trump seized its rotted throne.
Although we let polls and hopes fool us, some of us saw Trump’s potential triumph looming for a long time:
SEPT 2015 JUST WATCH HIM
MARCH 2016 LIKE WATCHING A DOG PLAY THE PIANO.
AUGUST 2016 THE TRUMPXIT.
NOV 2016 EXILE FROM THE PROMISED LAND
Now in August 2017, we read a Washington Post poll showing that half of self-declared Republicans would agree to suspend the next Presidential election if Trump asked for that. This is what I call “shocking but not surprising” – a predictable manifestation of the fundamentally anti-democratic, anti-American organism that Trump has always been.
But this is not just a Trumpist sentiment – it is the logical conclusion of Republican Party philosophy and effort to organize elections to marginalize the opposition (gerrymandering), to crush the opposition with money (Citizens United) and to exclude minority voters (voter ID laws and Trump’s new “commission.”)
What we are seeing here is not just Trumpism. It is ReTrumplicanism. For a survey of how as it emerged and swallowed the Great Republic, readers can see everything I’ve published on the topic: TRUMP AND TRUMPISM