Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Establishment's Charlie Cook: Trump Grasped What Others Missed. From his gilded perch in Manhattan, he peered into the American psyche and saw the rising resentment of working-class whites.

The National Journal reports:
Be­fore as­sign­ing blame for why Hil­lary Clin­ton lost a race that she was sup­posed to win, it seems ap­pro­pri­ate to first give cred­it to the vic­tor. Wheth­er you like or agree with Pres­id­ent-elect Don­ald Trump, you have to give him cred­it for see­ing and tap­ping in­to something that few oth­ers saw. From his gil­ded 58th floor, three-story apart­ment in Trump Tower over­look­ing Cent­ral Park, the real es­tate de­veloper and tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity some­how peered in­to the Amer­ic­an psyche and de­tec­ted a grow­ing an­ger and re­sent­ment among work­ing- and lower- middle-class whites, par­tic­u­larly those in small towns, far sub­urbs, and rur­al areas, who feel left be­hind in the 21st-cen­tury glob­al eco­nomy.

Trump has lived in New York City for most of his 70 years, ex­cept­ing a stint at a mil­it­ary prep school and an Ivy League in­ter­lude at Penn in Phil­adelphia, and his life was cata­logued in glossy Man­hat­tan style and so­ci­ety magazines. Yet alone among the pres­id­en­tial can­did­ates, this moneyed, citi­fied man sensed the griev­ances of coun­try people to­ward the rich and power­ful in New York, Wash­ing­ton, and Los Angeles. He was able to con­nect with these voters by skill­fully ma­nip­u­lat­ing the news me­dia in­to lav­ish­ing on him as much as $2 bil­lion in free air­time. All the while, he pro­fessed dis­dain and if not down­right hatred for this very same me­dia, fur­ther de­light­ing his sup­port­ers.

The es­trange­ment of these white voters cre­ated a back­lash—in­art­fully called a “whitelash” by some com­ment­at­ors—based on the con­vic­tion that the coun­try they re­membered grow­ing up, made idyll­ic by the pas­sage of time, had been swept away. They at once de­plored the change that took this coun­try away from them, and de­man­ded change to give it back.
You'll want to read the entire article.