The failure of political imagination: Trump 4th of July post-mortem edition.
Folks, this is more or less a sequel to my previous diary, The Failure of Political Imagination -- if you haven't read it, you should read it now, and then come back to this diary. As such, this diary will be short and sweet, because what I really want is for more people to read my previous diary.
Anyway, just before the Fourth of July weekend, the Chinese government uses its mouthpiece "Global Times" to argue that the US Coronavirus epidemic is a threat to the rest of the world. You'd think the elites would notice this, given the key role China plays in the global economy. So things are cooking. In fact, there's a compound crisis going on, though the big news is that Richard Wolff, one of the most insightful people to have been granted a media voice, finally recognizes this:
At any rate, so you have all of these crises going on at once. What does the Trump administration, with its vast reserves of political and military power, do? Trump goes to Mount Rushmore to deliver an identity politics speech full of white-supremacist dog whistles. Here's Krystal Ball taking it apart:
Krystal Ball is exactly right here. Donald Trump has all sorts of options, and presumably he knows he has all sorts of options, since he used some of those options in his 2016 campaign. But what does he do? He shows that he's completely bought into the opposition narrative of who he is. Any other option would win, given Joe Biden's many and potentially fatal weaknesses; Donald Trump chooses the one losing option available to him because he can no longer imagine being anything other than what MSNBC has made of him.
If this doesn't scream "failure of political imagination," I don't know what does.