Quote of the day week month

David Brooks of the New York Times belatedly wonders if the mainstream media misjudged the Trump phenomenon because these insulated, pampered, prima donna self-appointed ‘opinion leaders’  “did not listen carefully enough” to the increasingly alienated, economically devastated and politically orphaned former American middle class that now makes up much of Trump’s constituency.

To which Instapundit’s Glenn Reynolds responds:

The Tea Party movement — which you also failed to understand, and thus mostly despised — was a bourgeois, well-mannered effort (remember how Tea Party protests left the Mall cleaner than before they arrived?) to fix America. It was treated with contempt, smeared as racist, and blocked by a bipartisan coalition of business-as-usual elites. So now you have Trump, who’s not so well-mannered, and his followers, who are not so well-mannered, and you don’t like it.

Spot. On.  Glenn.   Trump is essentially the GOP base — including frustrated Tea Partiers who tried to address their concerns the “appropriate” way and were vilified for doing so — quoting the band Linkin Park to their self-proclaimed betters on both sides of the aisle:

The number one question is how could you ignore it?  …

Tried to give you warning but everyone ignores me
Told you everything loud and clear
(But nobody’s listening)
Called to you so clearly but you don’t want to hear me
Told you everything loud and clear
(But nobody’s listening)

I got a heart full of pain, head full of stress
handfull of anger, held in my chest
And everything left’s a waste of time
I hate my rhymes, but hate everyone else’s more

I don’t like Trump, but I like our self-perpetuating mandarin class even less.  And as I’ve pointed out, if the Trump reaction to insider shenanigans in previous elections is met by even more insider shenanigans to deny him the nomination even if he gets the requisite number of delegates, then our political chattering classes are going to like who comes after him even less.

I fear we all will.

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