Comments: 13-Dimensional Chess?

If he thinks it's easier for him to win the popular vote than the electoral college - presumably by running a different campaign than the one Hillary bested him in the popular vote - then he really isn't a Republican. Only once since 1992 has a Republican won the popular vote.

Maybe in the 2020 election though, someone will run as a capitalist.

Posted by johngalt at May 6, 2018 9:48 PM

Yeah, that was not really where I was going. Though your point is well taken.

I was hoping -- and I apologize in advance for the hyperbole -- for the briefest tether to governing or political philosophy over self-interest.

Of all the punditry in which I immerse myself, perhaps my favorite quip of all time is my blog brother's suggestion that the Republican Party might choose Republicanism as its governing philosophy. Bloody Brilliant, that is!

The Electoral College is the live beating heart of republicanism in the United States to me -- the last vestige of Madison.

Posted by jk at May 7, 2018 11:09 AM

Little-r republicanism as a guiding principle for the big-R Republican party. Yessir, it's so simple it's brilliant. And many thanks for noticing! But why does it have to be said by a lonely blogger in a flyover state?

Do I wish that the president were a principled, fact-based statesman who could lead the nation and re-educate it at the same time? That candidate was Ted Cruz. I've been forced to support a president who leads and fights entrenched self-dealers instead. I've come to terms with that. You can't always get what you want, but if you're lucky, you can get what you need.

I'll push back on your claim that Trump chooses his own self-interest over principle. I find that he chooses against the interests of cronies, and in support of the individualistic American ideal, more than anything else.

The electoral college is Constitutional bedrock, 'tis true. I don't want to see it dismantled, or even dismissed or disrespected. But I'm not completely convinced that is what Trump did. I read his statement as saying he would rather campaign for a popular election, not that as a thoughtful citizen he believes it would in any way benefit the nation to move in that direction.

Posted by johngalt at May 8, 2018 3:14 PM

Perhaps it was idle speculation. But one can be forgiven for wishing he had used it as a teachable moment.

Posted by jk at May 8, 2018 4:23 PM

I think it was Gail Wynand, newspaper mogul, who went insane over the fact that the public didn't want to read what he thought they should read. That character comes to my mind quite often in the Trump era.

Posted by johngalt at May 9, 2018 11:39 AM
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