Three months after his sane smackdown of the Potomac Lowlanders called Never Trumpers, Hanson gave a great explanation of President Trump's sea-change triumph over the status quo, "He grasped that what voters cared about were the very issues politicos were disdainfully ignoring."
It is a delightful read from a clear thinker.
Hanson correctly observes that President Trump's cunning outflanked the huge war chest and war machine that Team Clinton assembled. Trump annealed himself with the working class (and as readers know, that has been a theme of his adult life). Hanson observed a linguistic subtlety that I missed.
We have never heard a presidential candidate say such a thing as “We love our miners” — not “we like” miners, but “we love” them. And not just any miners, but “our” miners, as if, like “our vets,” the working people of our moribund economic regions were unique and exceptional people, neither clingers nor irredeemables. In Trump’s gut formulation, miners certainly did not deserve “to be put out of business” by Hillary Clinton, as if they were little more than the necessary casualties of the war against global warming. For Trump, miners were not the human equivalent of the 4,200 bald eagles that the Obama administration recently assured the wind turbine industry can be shredded for the greater good of alternate energy and green profiteering.Now I watched on television that speech Trump gave in Charleston, West Virginia, on May 5. It marked the only time I remember him not wearing a Trump ballcap. The Friends of Coal gave him a hardhat, and he wore it proudly throughout his hourlong speech.
There are 25 coal producing states. Trump carried 21 of them, including the top four. In fact the top two coal states -- Wyoming and West Virginia -- were the top two Trump states.
It is not that there are that many coal miners. Only one percent of West Virginians have coal mining licenses.
But coal is both an economic engine in the state, and a symbol of the state itself; the state flag features a miner and a mountaineer.
Men who are willing -- eager -- to crawl into the ground to dig coal deserve respect. It takes brains, brawn and bravery to mine coal, be it underground or above.
So, OK, we elected Trump. Now what?
Lost amid the left-wing hatred of Trump and the conservative Never Trump condescension is that so far he has shattered American political precedents by displaying much more political cunning and prescience than have his political opponents and most observers. Key is his emperor-has-no-clothes instinct that what is normal and customary in Washington was long ago neither sane nor necessary. And so far, his candidacy has not only redefined American politics but also recalibrated the nature of insight itself — leaving the wise to privately wonder whether they were ever all that wise after all.Of course, the wise men in Washington -- Bob Dole, Kissinger, James Baker, etc. -- already hitched their wagon to President Trump, if only out of fear of Hillary. The smart but unwise were Never Trump.
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