Steyn on the lesson unlearned.
The lesson of Tuesday night for Democrats should have been the thought Rush Limbaugh left his listeners with just before he signed off on Election Day back in 2000: “Maybe there are fewer of us than I thought…” The people who think like Andrew Sullivan and Sally Kohn and Emma Watson and John Oliver and Lena Dunham are, if not few in number, concentrated in relatively few corners of a sprawling country: one third of the Democrats’ representation in the House now comes from just three states – New York, Massachusetts and California. That’s one reason why they’re calling for the abolition of the Electoral College.
But, absent the upending of the constitution, they have a problem.
John Oliver and Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah have sportingly decided, to judge from their ratings, to prioritize their politics over their comedy. But, whether or not “Love Trumps Hate”, condescension doesn’t trump anything. For a year-and-a-half they shoveled industrial-strength coastal sneering into the path of the Trump train on a scale that would have derailed any other candidate before he got to Iowa. Instead, Trump just bulldozed through it. If elite condescension failed to deny him the presidency, is it likely to be any more effective now that he is the president?
It’s been little short of amazing to see the liberal media continuing to try to entrap Trump with lies just as they have all along, even after as resounding a repudiation as they got on election day. They’re just skating along as if they’re unaware a historic landslide just took place in spite of their best efforts to forestall it. Can it be possible that they don’t actually realize that their manipulation and deceit is a huge part of why he won in the first place? Can anybody really be that stupid?