Thursday, October 08, 2015
Middle American Radicals Want a Demagogue
John Judis has an interesting take on "The Intellectual History of Trump Supporters". He connects them with an analysis from the 1970s of "Middle American Radicals," moderately educated white populists who strongly oppose the government and the bankers, the non-whites and the immigrants. They have a strong affinity with the Tea Party constituency. And the Tea Party is drawn to Donald Trump.
The main things the MARS voters want is a strong man to fight all their enemies. Or, as I argued recently, they want a demagogue.
Fortunately, Judis points out, there are not enough of them to elect a demagogue. They may make up as much as 20% of the electorate, but that still does not get their guy elected. He predicts that Trump - like George Wallace, Ross Perot, and Pat Buchanan before him - will fade away.