I get an odd feeling when I read about conservatives and Republicans tearing their hair out over Donald Trump. There have been many, of course, but here are two recent ones.
Campaign consultant Rick Philips (who appears occasionally on Chris Hayes's show) has been losing it on Twitter lately. He even coined the name "Cheeto Jesus" to describe Trump.
Then I found this post called the Self-Immolation of the Republican Party from the editor/founder of a conservative site called freebeacon.com:
What disturbs me most is the prospect that Donald Trump is what a very large number of Republican voters want: not a wonk, not an orator, not a statesman, not even a leader, really, if by leader you mean someone who persuades and inspires and manages a team to pursue a common good. They just want a man who vents their anger at targets above and below their status.I like his definition of leadership, and Trump definitely in no way fits it. And the writer is very perceptive about the venting that goes both "up" and "down."
I feel kind of bad for these guys. I'm trying to think what the equivalent would be if it were happening to the Left, but it just doesn't work. Is there a Hollywood celebrity with a Gwyneth Paltrowish alt health agenda who wants to lock up white supremacists?
Maybe I lack imagination, but there's just no equivalent. We have our problems, but this really couldn't be one of them.