Further discussion next week: Should Donald J. Trump be impeached?
We're not sure that's the relevant question. At any rate, we expect to examine the matter next week.
In the meantime, we'd recommend today's column by David Brooks, which is presumably getting murdered in comments.
Brooks conducts an imaginary conversation with a Trump voter. The conversation starts like this:
BROOKS: I hope you read the rough transcript of that Trump phone call with the Ukrainian president. Trump clearly used public power to ask a foreign leader to dig up dirt on his political opponent. This is impeachable. I don’t see how you can deny the facts in front of your face.As his first imagined point, Brooks imagines the Trump voter saying that he hasn't had time to look into the whole Ukraine thing. Later, the imaginary voter says this:
IMAGINARY TRUMP VOTER: I haven’t really had time to look into it. There’s always some fight between Trump and the East Coast media. I guess I just try to stay focused on the big picture.
BROOKS: We [journalists] became Trump-O-Centric because his daily outrages undermine norms, spread xenophobia, degrade public morality.These strike us as relevant points.
IMAGINARY TRUMP VOTER: You think that because you have the kind of jobs that allow you to follow Twitter all day. I don’t have that luxury. So all that passing nonsense seems far away. I have to deal with the actual realities of life.
Yesterday, we discussed a New York Times report about support for impeachment. According to Quinnipiac, approval for Trump had grown by 12 points among Republicans during the recent impeachment drive.
We skipped another part of that Times news report. The part we skipped said this:
RUSSONELLO (10/2/19): In the Monmouth poll, respondents were asked how much they had heard about reports that Trump had asked Mr. Zelensky to investigate Mr. Biden’s son; 27 percent said they had heard only “a little,” and another 21 percent said they had heard nothing at all about it.Do you mind if we get a bit snarky? Among respondents to this survey, 27 percent said they'd heard only “a little” about the current matter. An additional 21 percent said they'd heard nothing at all.
We'll take that to mean that 48 percent of respondents had heard nothing about this topic. Check that—at least 48 percent!
Brooks' imaginary voter goes on to say, in effect, that our team has long cried wolf concerning impeachment. Next week, we expect to show you some of what Trump voters were told on Fox last night.
In our view, everything Trump does is likely to be crazy; Giuliani may be crazier still. That said, The Crazy has been running our politics for at least three decades now, and for much of that time it was our crowd which was too dumb to display the first clue about what was transpiring directly before us.
This overall thirty-plus years of The Dumb strikes us as the relevant topic to be concerned about at this time. To wit:
This very morning, the New York Times—our brightest newspaper—does a very poor job trying to fact-check Trump's claims about Biden and Biden. Meanwhile—and yes, we do think this is relevant—yesterday's "Here to Help" feature (page A3) started off like this:
Here to HelpWe hope to review this latest foolishness in more detail. But in our view, our upper-end culture is drenched in this manifest dumbness and vast self-involvement, and on this embarrassing upper-end fish food feeds a flounder named Trump.
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Nothing Trump does won't be crazy. On the other hand, it seems to us that he's very successfully sliming Candidate Biden at the present time. That said, other, more competent Democratic front-runners have been successfully slimed before this.
Nothing Trump does won't be crazy. But when it comes to grinding incompetence, our own exalted, self-impressed tribe just isn't real far behind.