Charles M. Blow with an interesting framing of the Trump movement:
The rules don’t apply to the folk hero. People don’t measure them by the same tape. Behavior that people would never condone in their personal lives, they relish in the folk hero.
I believe that the great miscalculation people make in trying to understand Donald Trump and the cultlike devotion of the people who follow him is that they continue to apply the standard rules of analysis. I believe that, like Edwards, Trump ascended to folk hero status among the people who like him, and so his lying, corruption, sexism and grift not only do no damage, they add to his legend.
I used to be far more interested in the psychology behind the Trump candidacy, but the presidency has become too -- well, a lot of things. But I find this rather simple framework compelling.Read more...