Trump is the culmination of Republican Party mendacity. The beginning of Trumpism can be traced from the ‘Generation of Treason’ of the Nixon/Mundt/McCarthy/McCarren Cold War alliance. And from Goldwater, the Dixiecrat mass migration in 1964 and 1965, to the New Nixon of 68: The Southern Strategy, that even pitchman Reagan embraced at the Neshoba County Fair in 1980. And then to Willy Horton of Lee Atwater & Bush I or political capo Karl Rove of Bush II. Admittedly this is a polemically charged argument, but this is a history that is, to say the least, a political inconvenience to Mr.Ponnuru’s rhetorical analgesic.
Trump is an American Caudillo in the mold of Peron, with the strutting showy arrogance of Mussolini, perfected from years of honing his skill at humiliating his underlings on network television.
Mr. Ponnuru offers not political certainty, but repeats a collection of cliches that offer a kind of comfort, that might just be called an exercise in willful political myopia.