Populist Zeitgeist

One of the most interesting and neglected aspects of this campaign is how brutally efficient it was. Eccentric billionaire self funds campaign, beats two political dynasties and a corrupt media system. Sounds like a hollywood attempt at a modern day Frank Capra movie. Tap George Clooney to play the billionaire, get Nick Nolte in as a grizzled ex senator turned lobbyist, put in an British actress who thinks “he really has a shot at doing it” and you have a box office hit. This was no script, and it played out exactly as it should have. Looking back, all of the opposition was sound and fury.

This is one of my favorite takes on early Trump:

“If you’re keeping score, in the past month Trump has bitch-slapped the entire Republican Party, redefined our expectations of politics, focused the national discussion on immigration, proposed the only new idea for handling ISIS, and taken functional control of FOX News. And I don’t think he put much effort into it. Imagine what he could do if he gave up golf.”

Anyone following the election should know Scott Adams’ theory of the Master Persuader Filter, again if you have time check out all his archival Trump posts. Someone else I follow on Twitter really nailed it on their predictions as well. Jay Five captured better than any mainstream pundit how the election would play out from the vantage point of frustrated media. Here is a post from 2014 about what a strong populist platform should look like from Jay. That is spot on, but it was this post from Jay where he really lays out how the media never had a chance to make a dent in Trump’s momentum. They were all collectively struggling in quicksand while Trump breezed past them.

What is remarkable to me, is that if I was able to stumble on to Scott Adams blog and Jay’s posts, any journalist could have. If they had taken the time to read any of this, they could have saved some credibility. The average journalist is not that bright, or motivated, and that gave team Trump the edge. Allegedly Hillary and her campaign staff laughed at Bill Clinton and James Carville for recommending they bring in white working class vote. She chose poorly.

What is to follow is a smooth transition, not too many fireworks to keep president Obama from interjecting. What follows after, with the guidance of Steve Bannon is a systematic defrocking of the mainstream media as standard bearers for news. Their position as pundits is in flaming ruin, and their role as gatekeeper is being eroded on a daily basis. What a time to be alive indeed.

 

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