I come here today not to praise Trump but not to bury him either: the longer his vicious vanity campaign lasts, the more calamity Trump brings to the insular, reactionary Republican brand. Trump = GOP mayhem. His meteoric rise, though apparent only in the poll-iverse, has gone where no celebrated, agent provocateur wing nut has gone before: not Palin, nor Cain, Carson, Gingrich, Sanctorum nor Huckabee, more impactful than talk radio sh*t-disturbers like Coulter or Limbaugh.
Honor is due when Trump's calculated, swelling divisiveness ends up corralling backward, undying racists while unifying a badly-splintered country against an undeniable danger: the unstoppable rhetoric of fascist demagoguery. Plus, there's the party-unifying prospect against a Trump nomination, sure to end in fiasco.
Last week, Bill Moyers' wishful, premature thinking reappeared, as it has during media earthquakes: Trump the thuggish candidate from hell dramatizes "The GOP on the Eve of Destruction." Not quite yet, however appealing. Lest we forget, allegedly imploding Republicans control Congress, most state houses, the courts, critical bureaucracies and staunch, Pentagon war-addicted allies. Republicans rule, and a savvy friend, keen tracker of actual voting patterns, doubts even loudmouth radical Ted Cruz would lose any states Romney won. That means another election hinged on a fistful of close battleground states.
I share Moyers' unstated, if fanciful assumption: the left can divide the world between those who judge nasty GOP hustlers the first, second, or third greatest obstacle to human progress -- vs. those who don't. Or slip them in as #4. No defense of Democratic hustlers, just distinguishing snarling pit bulls from yapping, miniature poodles.
And behold, the TRump Over the Top Syndrome (TROTS), so offensive, here finally (dreams the left) is the bludgeon that rends the Reagan coalition. Thus splits the suckered evangelicals, fundamentalists, and Tea Party/Birchers from the belligerent billionaires who despise regulation, taxation, global alliances against global menaces, and all trappings of welfare state. How many bother about faith, social wedges or other necessary evils. What separates Trump from lesser rogues is his staying power, even though it's all of one-quarter of less than half the electorate.
Silver Lining to Trump's Disruptions
Trump leverages horror at immigration and minority (women's, gay, black, Muslim) rights against the regressive party that feasts on such unholy divisions. Plus, he throws back, even mockingly decimates the heinous Dubya campaign lie, promising to be the great "uniter, not divider" -- before Bush coughed up our most disliked presidency. This September, DJ Trump outdid Dubya in mendacity, pushing his bullying, strongman personality to unify impossible divisions he was in fact amplifying: "I have a temperament where I bring people together." Never has "temperament" appeared so ghoulishly inverted by such a multi-edged sword of discord.