May 25, 2016

SOME THINGS JUST AREN'T DONE:

Why 'Hillary Is Even Worse' Doesn't Cut It (Charles Murray, 5/25/16, National Review)

In my view, Donald Trump is unfit to be president in ways that apply to no other candidate of the two major political parties throughout American history. [...]

Trump's indifference to facts is an example of why he is unfit for the presidency -- not dispositive in itself, but part of a pattern. That pattern is why "Hillary is even worse" misses the point. P. J. O'Rourke recently announced that he is voting for Clinton. "She's wrong about absolutely everything," O'Rourke said. "But she's wrong within normal parameters!" Similarly, I am saying that Clinton may be unfit to be president, but she's unfit within normal parameters. Donald Trump is unfit outside normal parameters. [....]

For conveying the essence of why I think Trump is unfit outside normal parameters, I cannot write anything nearly as concise and expressive as David Brooks wrote a few months ago. 

Donald Trump is epically unprepared to be president. He has no realistic policies, no advisers, no capacity to learn. His vast narcissism makes him a closed fortress. He doesn't know what he doesn't know and he's uninterested in finding out. He insults the office Abraham Lincoln once occupied by running for it with less preparation than most of us would undertake to buy a sofa. . . . He is a childish man running for a job that requires maturity. He is an insecure boasting little boy whose desires were somehow arrested at age 12. 

Since Brooks wrote those words, Trump has become the presumptive Republican nominee, and he now does have advisors. He has had ten additional weeks to demonstrate his capacity to learn; to show that he is taking national policy more seriously than buying a sofa; to persuade us that underneath the showman exterior is presidential seriousness. My view is that he has not and cannot. What you see is what you get.



Posted by at May 25, 2016 3:22 PM

  

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