Michael Gerson, a former speechwriter for George W. Bush and now one of the hardened Trump haters that reside at the Washington Post editorial page has his panties in a twist over Sarah Palin’s surprise endorsement of the Republican party front-runner. While the establishment and the corrupt media that is an integral part of it were rallying around Ted Cruz to deliver a defeat to Trump in Iowa that would be the lynchpin of the narrative that he was finished going into the primaries, Palin pissed on their parade. Now a panicked frenzy has set in with less than two weeks until actual people trudge through the elements to begin casting their votes in the caucuses. Gerson has long hewed to the WAPO editorial line of going all in against the Donald but his latest piece reeks of a bitterness that is metastasizing rapidly through the political elite.
The Washington Post column is entitled “Trump and Palin join forces in the war against reason” and I excerpt the following that was spun from the golden loom of establishment bullshit:
The arrival of Sarah Palin brings a special something to the 2016 campaign, like a little LSD added to the punch bowl. Are we watching C-SPAN, or a reality TV show, or a “Saturday Night Live” skit? It is impossible to tell without consulting the channel guide.
Ted Cruz may have secured the coveted “ Duck Dynasty ” blessing. But Palin is the original and best representative of Kardashian conservatism. Her endorsement of Donald Trump was entirely devoid of policy content — a speech that did not even aspire to shallowness. It is enough that Trump is “going rogue” and “ticking people off” and “media heads are spinning .”
Palin has been entirely consumed and replaced by her own bitterness against a Republican establishment she feels betrayed her and against a media that mocked her. More than anything else, she clings to resentment and rage. And her revolution, over time, has become comprehensive; not just a revolt against elites, but a revolt against syntax and taste and preparation and reason.
The phenomenon of Palin raises the question: Does populism need to be anti-intellectual? The answer is: N o. The populist mythology surrounding Abraham Lincoln was not only the rail-splitter born in a log cabin, but the youth who studied books by candlelight. He was, indeed, dismissed as a rube. But he wasn’t one. He quoted Shakespeare with ease and suffused politics with thought.
Populism, by definition, is anti-elitist. But that is very different from being anti-intellectual. It was William F. Buckley who provided the best description of conservative anti-elitism. “I would rather be governed by the first 2,000 people in the Boston telephone directory than by the 2,000 people on the faculty of Harvard University.” The assumption of wisdom in ordinary people is the basis for free-market economics and, ultimately, for democratic theory. But every conservative would hope that the phone-book ruling class would possess some knowledge of our national history, some acquaintance with our founding documents, some ability to make reasoned political arguments. These things they would not gain from watching “The Celebrity Apprentice” or “Amazing America With Sarah Palin.”
In this vacuity, Palin and Trump are a perfect match. They both embrace a politics of personality, a politics at war with reason. Who would go to either for advice on Medicare reform or Syria policy? In the two-dimensional politics of Palin and Trump, depth is not even a category. There is only establishment vs. anti-establishment, weakness vs. strength.
In these cases, Trump is not proposing obnoxious solutions to real challenges; he is promoting obnoxious solutions to fake or wildly exaggerated challenges. His anti-intellectualism is severing the ties between the GOP and reality. If Republicans choose to inhabit the Trump-Palin world, they will offer little of value to our own.
It is the ultimate in Trump Derangement Syndrome by a guy who has for too long been able to make a living by burrowing himself deeply into the fur of the establishment beast like a bloodsucking tick. The invocation of the sainted William F. Buckley shows that this is a concerted campaign to fell Trumpzilla because the National Review has proudly announced that an anti-Trump spectacular issue is coming out in which a collection of big names will rail against their own front-runner. The National Review is by the way the propaganda shack where Rich Lowry hangs his hat as editor. One might remember Lowry for his comments that the now irrelevant Carly Fiorina had cut Trump’s balls off with the precision of a surgeon. Also contributing to the National Review Neocon-communist Manifesto is William Kristol, neocon high priest and backer of wars who despite his having been wrong about everything is placed upon a pedestal by the denizens of imperial Washington and it’s satellites.
This weekend is going to be a prolific one for the Beltway propagandists, a monster snowstorm is bearing down on the city and transportation networks are being closed down, it will give them plenty of time to hunker down in their bunkers of denial to crank out more screeds like Gerson’s. What it is that really pisses off the establishment – especially in imperial D.C.- is that the rest of America is getting behind the outsider Trump instead of buying their holier than thou horseshit this time around.