But note well: Donald Trump is not a black swan, an unforeseen
event erupting upon an unsuspecting Republican Party. He is the
end result of conscious and deliberate choices by the GOP, going
back decades, to demonize its opponents, to polarize and obstruct,
to pursue policies that enfeeble the political weal and to yoke
the bigot and the ignorant to their wagon and to drive them by
dangling carrots that they only ever intended to feed to the rich.
Trump’s road to the candidacy was laid down and paved by the
Southern Strategy, by Lee Atwater and Newt Gingrich and Karl Rove,
by Fox News and the Tea Party, and by the smirking cynicism of
three generations of GOP operatives, who have been fracking the
white middle and working classes for years, crushing their
fortunes with their social and economic policies, never imagining
it would cause an earthquake. […]
But they don’t control Trump, which they are currently learning
to their great misery. And the reason the GOP doesn’t control
Trump is that they no longer control their base. The GOP trained
their base election cycle after election cycle to be disdainful of
government and to mistrust authority, which ultimately is an odd
thing for a political party whose very rationale for existence is
rooted in the concept of governmental authority to do. The GOP
created a monster, but the monster isn’t Trump. The monster is
the GOP’s base. Trump is the guy who stole their monster from
them, for his own purposes.
Remember that a year ago, no one in the Republican establishment thought Trump had a chance of winning the primary — and then he wound up winning it rather easily. His path to the Republican nomination was actually easier than Hillary Clinton’s.
Democracy is entirely based on political compromises. The Trumplican base sees any sort of compromise as a betrayal.