An Irish-Catholic from Brooklyn, she stunned me when she shunned her fellow outer-borough New Yorker. But in her column today, she sees the inevitable -- "The wind is at Donald Trump’s back, and it's the kind that doesn't lessen but build" -- (yes it should be builds) -- and she sees why the inevitable is inevitable:
Those conservative writers and thinkers who have for nine months warned the base that Mr. Trump is not a conservative should consider the idea that a large portion of the Republican base no longer sees itself as conservative, at least as that term has been defined the past 15 years by Washington writers and thinkers.Trump is no ideologue:
In my continuing quest to define aspects of Mr. Trump’s rise, to my own satisfaction, I offer what was said this week in a talk with a small group of political activists, all of whom back him. One was about to begin approaching various powerful and influential Republicans who did not support him, and make the case. I told her I’d been thinking that maybe Mr. Trump’s appeal is simple: What Trump supporters believe, what they perceive as they watch him, is that he is on America’s side.
And that comes as a great relief to them, because they believe that for 16 years Presidents Bush and Obama were largely about ideologies. They seemed not so much on America’s side as on the side of abstract notions about justice and the needs of the world. Mr. Obama’s ideological notions are leftist, and indeed he is a hero of the international left. He is about international climate-change agreements, and leftist views of gender, race and income equality. Mr. Bush’s White House was driven by a different ideology — neoconservatism, democratizing, nation building, defeating evil in the world, privatizing Social Security.
But it was all ideology.This does not mean he does not have a belief. He does. It may not be knee-deep in policy; he never memorized the Constitution. But he does pay lawyers who do, and he pays them because he has the money, and he has the money because he rebuilt Manhattan (or at least helped return major parts of it from the 1970s porno ghetto it had become). This year, accomplishments mean more to voters than talk. Filibusters are easy. Putting together the financing and contracts to build skyscrapers is not.
But that is my insight. Here is Noonan's:
You could see this aspect of Trumpism — I’m about America, end of story — in his much-discussed foreign-policy speech this week. I have found pretty much everything said about it to be true. It was long, occasionally awkward-sounding and sometimes contradictory. It was interesting nonetheless. He was trying to blend into a coherent whole what he’s previously said when popping off on the hustings. He was trying to establish that there’s a theme to the pudding. He was also trying to reassure potential supporters that he is actually serious, that he does have a foreign-policy framework as opposed to just a grab bag of emotional impulses.
The speech was an attack on the reigning Washington foreign-policy elite of both parties, which he scored as incompetent and unsuccessful: “Logic was replaced with foolishness and arrogance, and this led to one foreign-policy disaster after another.” Mistakes in Iraq, Egypt, Libya and Syria threw the region “into crisis,” and helped create ISIS. He described democracy-promotion efforts as destructive, costing “thousands of American lives and many trillions of dollars.” Our resources are overextended, our allies must contribute more, our friends don’t trust us, nor do our allies respect us. He called for “a coherent foreign policy based on American interests.” His interest is “focusing on creating stability.” “We must stop importing extremism through senseless immigration policies,” including a “pause for reassessment,” which will help prevent the next San Bernardino.
He is an American. First. Last. Always.
That's his political ideology. He believes in the future because 40 years ago when most other developers gave up on Manhattan, he believed. And he believes hard work will get you where you want to be because that is what worked for him.
The Wall Street Journal headlined her column: "Simple Patriotism Trumps Ideology."
What in tarnation is wrong with that?