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Why Trump Is Succeeding (and will continue to do so)

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The success of Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, the lowest unemployment rate since 1969, the reconfiguration of US-China relations, and many other policy wins demonstrate that Donald Trump is capable to lead the USA. The simple reason why his opposition has been and will continue to be ineffective is that his opponents waste much of their political energy denouncing the President's manner, character, and other personal factors. As I stated on September 10, 2015 (yes, 2015), when I predicted Trump's election if Hillary Clinton was his opponent, the people aghast at the President's behavior are merely taking the bait and getting distracted from the hard work of building positive steps for them to successfully counter his policies. Trump's opposition still does not get that it is howling at the diversion while the real action is being accomplished with only a minimal effort to stop it. Who is the fool in this situation?

I am at wit's end that the Democratic leadership did not learn anything from how Trump was elected, particularly when a nobody like me with a strong education in political science and a natural ability to use comparative analysis did so fourteen months before the election. I explained how the Occupy movement was failing at making a mass connection two months after it started and what could be done to change that. I explained why Bernie Sanders was getting shafted by the DNC six months or more before Wikileaks provided the documentation. I described what Sanders needed to do to start forging an actual political revolution, something I know a lot about from having studied political-change movements for so long.

I doubt the Democrats will win back the Senate. It's possible they will have a small takeover in the House. Even if they do succeed in this by-election, they will make the same mistakes they made in the past and allow minority Republicans to stalemate any productive action to push back Trump's policies. The fact that Nancy Pelosi still leads House Dems shows just how awful an experience it will be. She has led the party as someone who refuses to build a positive approach to governing. Instead, her campaign appeals, like those of almost all Democrats, only scream about how awful Trump is. What does that have anything to with presenting a political agenda for voters to choose?

As long as political discourse is monopolized by 'did you see what Trump tweeted now' and other indignant reactions to Mr. Trump's character, it won't matter what Robert Mueller finds or how much Trump's activities and speeches have the air of dangerous populism. How did no one pick up on the anonymous piece from a White House insider serving only to remind people that even the people working for Trump consider him a whack job? That is precisely the kind of diversionary tactic expected from a Richard Nixon or Hillary Clinton who knows how to manipulate the political sphere to their advantage. As long as everyone is mesmerized by the clown on the stage, the clown's staff will find ways to fulfill his campaign promises. Best of all, there remains a solid 40 percent of the population that doesn't even see him as a clown because his outrageous act is just the entertainment they have been looking for ever since Nixon pulled in the Yellow Dog Democrats and Ronald Reagan welcomed the social conservatives under the GOP tent.

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Bear Kosik is a political scientist by training. His Remaking Democracy in America was published in the fall of 2018 by Stairway Press. Well-received science fiction novels (two under Hugh Dudley) are available on Amazon. Several screenplays (more...)

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