Newsom and Buttigieg know how to fight back
MAGA extremism was able to briefly camouflage itself behind two weeks of wall-to-wall coverage on American television of the death of a British Queen. That is over now.
Each day brings forward more extremism, madness and insanity. The MAGA candidates are sinking Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy’s cynical decision to try and take power by riding the proverbial tiger. It seems like the tide is turning against MAGA and the most extreme agenda of big government control and coercion against the citizen in two generations. Yet it feels less like an affirmation around something better than a common sense rejection of craziness. The latter will suffice for now, but will not hold for long.
What will the American people do? What judgement will they render? Will they reject the madness, lies and insanity of the extremist MAGA candidates who have bloomed like toxic algae all over ballots from coast to coast?
Donald Trump’s mental and physical health seem to be unraveling when evaluated through his most recent unhinged appearances. They are a mix of conspiracy theories, narcissistic fantasies, venomous delusions and incoherent bombast. Yet, he remains atop the MAGA empire. Below him are a conniving mix of would-be successors, supplicants, courtiers and profiteers looking to shake a last shilling from the hustler’s empty pockets before the inevitable collapse. It will collapse, won’t it? Why hasn’t it already? This is an important question. Isn’t it?
Why is this wretched philosophy that routinely intimates violence against the American people and government not been completely repudiated? Why is it that the Democratic Party has not been able to crush this movement and break it in the public square over the last two years?
The answer is simple. It isn’t caused by a lack of polling, message testing or data analysis. It’s not the models, and it’s not the widgets. Politics is a human business and communication and connection is at the core.