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The Trump Phenomenon Pulls Back the Curtain on the American Mood



The Trump phenomenon says more about the mood of the American electorate than it does about the man or his ideas.    

It’s no mystery why he has so much support. 

Politics is more about feelings than it is about “what’s in it for me?”  It’s more like religion than like shopping. The emotions a candidate inspires in the voters matter more than the wonkish details of what he says.      

Trump elicits feelings the electorate has been starving for for at least eight years, if not more.   

He’s decisive, unafraid, and unapologetic.     

In this he is a breath of fresh air; a window thrown wide to the dark, stagnant,  claustrophobic room of politics as usual, with its carefully scripted, micro-managed, focus-group directed marketing campaigns that try to say just enough to be acceptable but not enough to “offend.”  

David Axelrod’s assessment in The New York Times is correct; Trump is the anti-Obama.  

Rod Dreher is also right in two different articles in The American Conservative:  Trump and the Conservative Intelligentsia and ‘Oppression Studies’ Liberates Trump. The punditry can get so caught up in itself that it misses the obvious that’s hiding in plain sight.  

To steal a riff from Thomas Sowell, Trump’s appeal is so obvious that only intellectuals could miss it.    

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