We notice a road not suggested: Kevin Drum has a lengthy post today in which he wonders about the motivations and attitudes driving the many Trump voters.
We think his post is interesting for what it says, and also for something it doesn't.
Drum starts by saying the mighty scourge of offshoring ain't all it's cracked up to be. He then offers his basic nugget:
DRUM (2/15/16): Just to be crystal clear: This isn't a matter of wondering why cool logic doesn't prevail among the electorate. What I'm wondering more about is this: what are the lived, ground-level issues that are galvanizing Trump's supporters? The job market simply doesn't seem to be in bad enough shape—or in different enough shape—to be responsible for a sea change in attitudes. So what is it?As he proceeds, Drum offers three possible explanations for all that galvanization. "But I still think there's something missing here," he says at the end of his post. "I'm just not sure what."
Drum remains puzzled about Trump voters as he ends his post. That said, here's something he doesn't do. He doesn't suggest that liberals, progressives and Democrats should look for ways to ask Trump voters about their views and motivations.
How do Trump voters see the world? It wouldn't be easy to find out, but it rarely seems to occur to our tribe that we ought to try.
As we noted last week, it's very, very, very rare to see a Trump voter interviewed on Our Own Corporate Liberal Channel. Across the liberal world, though not with Drum, a basic attitude often seems to obtain, in which we try to avoid degrading ourselves by talking to Those People.
In our model, we tell Those People they're bigots and racists. We then proceed to tell them how they ought to vote.
Our tribe may sometimes have retrograde notions about The Way You Make Progress Happen. Aside from calling everyone racists and xenophobes, we also tend to subscribe to the slightly peculiar ideas advanced in this piece from yesterday's Washington Post Outlook section.
The author of that piece, Yoav Fromer, "teaches politics and history at Tel Aviv University." We'll get to his piece by the end of the week. It strikes us as basic, very important, dating back through many years.