Wednesday, March 2, 2016


Interesting article in Rolling Stone by Matt Taibbi called Revenge of the Simple: How George W. Bush Gave Rise to Trump.  His thesis is “But Washington is freaking out about Trump in a way they never did about Bush. Why? Because Bush was their moron, while Trump is his own moron. That's really what it comes down to.”  Taibbi argues that Bush’s stupidity, ignorance, and anti-intellectualism paved the way for Trump.  Today GOP insiders are frantic at the possibility of an uncultured ignoramus winning the Presidency but that is exactly what Bush was.  The man behind Bush, Carl Rove, correctly guessed that “ a generation of watching TV and Hollywood movies left huge blocs of Americans convinced that people who read books, looked at paintings and cared about spelling were either serial killers or scheming crooks, says Taibbi.  So a lot of American culture is just dumb slobs cheering on other dumb slobs like Trump.  It all started with Bush making that respectable.  The GOP establishment said that was fine.  They’ve reaped the whirlwind.  What are they complaining about?