The Z Man, quoting cuck columnist Ross Douthat:
In an unhealthy system, the kind I suspect we inhabit, the Republicans will find a way to crush Trump without adapting to his message. In which case the pressure the Donald has tapped will continue to build — and when it bursts, the G.O.P. as we know it may go with it.
It would seem to me that the collapse of half the two-party system would be, as Joe Biden might say, a big f’n deal. That hasn’t happened since 1856, and the next election after the Whigs took a dirt nap was, ummmm…. problematic.
So why is nobody speculating about what comes next?
Imagine a country ruled by two kings — a sort of Austria-Hungary deal, except with two actual, co-equal monarchs. Now, imagine that King A is on his deathbed, and King B ain’t looking so healthy either.
Wouldn’t everybody in the country have an opinion on what happens when A finally kicks the bucket? Wouldn’t the pundit class spend every hour of every day poring through the constitution, or the common law, or whatever, to see what’s supposed to happen next? Wouldn’t the tabloids be flooding the stands with dirt on every potential successor out to the Nth generation? Wouldn’t there be just the teensiest tiniest hint of, I dunno, panic, given what almost always happens in a succession crisis?
But Douthat, writing in the New York Times, is blase. He all but says the GOP is toast, and… that’s it. No followup whatsoever. And it’s not just the NYT. I’ve seen it on big political blogs — Ace of Spades, Stacy McCain, they all declare the GOP a dead party walking, and then… post some other stuff about an entirely different subject. Obviously I haven’t scoured the whole internet, but so far as I’m aware, the only guy to ever even pose what seems like an incandescently obvious question is… me.
Which is why I wonder if I’m crazy. Maybe it’s only blindingly obvious to me, because I’m looking at the world through a cracked lens.
UPDATE (9/1/2015): Ben Domenech, the Federalist:
Donald Trump could transform the Republican Party into a coalition focused on white identity politics. We’ve seen this in Europe, and it’s bad.
OK! People are starting to get the message… oh, no, wait. He’s talking about fucking France:
Consider what it would look like for America to follow the path of France, devolving toward a new two-party system which has on the one hand a center-left / technocratic party, full of elites with shared pedigrees of experience and education, and on the other a nativist right/populist party, which represents a constant reactive force to the dominant elite.
Dude: We have that now. The only difference is, our Republicans are only pretending to be “a constant reactive force to the dominant elite.” Because, of course, they too are the dominant elite. This is what Ace of Spades calls “Failure theater.” He’s written a few zillion posts on it, and I’m 99% sure you read him regularly. Look it up.
That antithesis usually is illiberal and adopts an aesthetic of anger, because it is the sort of citizenry that the administrative state produces, and because it is in the interest of that state to have that sort of enemy. Everyone who believes in the values that the administrative state at least claims to support and defend — societal pluralism, common decency, some sort of liberalism — gravitates toward it on Election Day. This is a story repeated across Europe – and in rare places like Hungary, we see what happens when the populist-right actually wins, and it isn’t pretty.
Ye cats. Hungary, he says. Hungary.
The United States has a long and storied revolutionary tradition. “The tough outsider who takes on The Establishment” is America’s contribution to the world’s collective store of mythology. And we have more guns per capita than most nations’ actual militaries. That paragraph is Caesarism for Dummies, and he thinks the worst possible outcome is… Hungary.
Am I crazy? Please tell me I’m crazy.