Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan defended the border today. Unlike George Will, she ain't playing to the Beltway.
“I will throw in here that almost wherever I’ve been this summer, I kept meeting immigrants who are or have grown conservative — more men than women, but women too,” she wrote today.
Immigrants. Not illegal immigrants. Immigrants. There is a difference. So far, only the legal ones who become citizens vote.
Noonan gets what increasingly people like me are recognizing: The man is legit. We also notice what is happening with Bernie Sanders. From Noonan:
On the subject of elites, I spoke to Scott Miller, co-founder of the Sawyer Miller political-consulting firm, who is now a corporate consultant. He worked on the Ross Perot campaign in 1992 and knows something about outside challenges. He views the key political fact of our time as this: “Over 80% of the American people, across the board, believe an elite group of political incumbents, plus big business, big media, big banks, big unions and big special interests — the whole Washington political class — have rigged the system for the wealthy and connected.” It is “a remarkable moment,” he said. More than half of the American people believe “something has changed, our democracy is not like it used to be, people feel they no longer have a voice.”
Mr. Miller added: “People who work for a living are thinking this thing is broken, and that economic inequality is the result of the elite rigging the system for themselves. We’re seeing something big.”
Support for Mr. Trump is not, he said, limited to the GOP base: “The molecules are in motion.” I asked what he meant. He said bars of support are not solid, things are in motion as molecules are “before combustion, or before a branch breaks.”The people in Washington want to rule.
Americans want to rule.
The other day, I posted a little of gossip columnist Liz Smith's memories of when The Donald began his attention-grabbing 40 years ago. She wrote:
When New York magazine selected its twenty "Most Important" New Yorkers in April 1988, editor Ed Kosner said that the list was a fantasy. But he invited me to describe the greatest fantasist of all, Donald Trump. The magazine defended naming him, along with such paragons as Brooke Astor, "Because his buildings and his book and his ego are so much bigger than life."
In my article, I spoke of Donald's rabid detractors and his love-hate relationship with the hoity-toity and the adoration of hoi polloi. I said if he smoked, he'd have his cigarettes monogrammed like so — $ — with Ayn Rand's dollar sign. But I added that jealousy and spite played some part in making him the city's biggest target. Yes, he bragged and blew hard, but in my book he wasn't a real phony or a fake. I found him incapable of dissembling or doing the hypocritical things a lot of other rich New Yorkers do — such as blathering on about "giving back to the community." Donald had never gone hog-wild giving money away to charity in order to pander to the public. No, it just wasn't his thing. Likening him to the rich young ruler who asked Jesus what he might do to be saved? I noted that Donald wasn't ready to be "saved." (Jesus said, "Sell all your goods and give them to the poor" — and the young ruler went away sorrowing for he was very rich.)
Here is someone who knew him when.
As the summer becomes the fall, I find myself believing Donald Trump can win, and the more the elites mock him and his supporters, the less convinced I am that it would be a bad thing.
I end with this nugget from Noonan: "You know the latest numbers. Quinnipiac University’s poll this week has Mr. Trump at a hefty 28% nationally, up from 20% in July. Public Policy Polling has Mr. Trump leading all Republicans in New Hampshire with 35%. A Monmouth University poll has him at 30% in South Carolina, followed 15 points later by Ben Carson."