Dr. D learned a new acronym this week: BLUF
Bottom Line Up Front. Was it Mike Pompeo who brought this up? Anyway: I got to thinking "what is a Trumpster?" And settled on, "Somebody who would drive 50 miles to go to a Donald Trump rally."
Which is, to me, a politically and emotionally neutral way to describe the term. Why would somebody rally for Trump? Didn't commit either way on that little gem.
TJM cracked me up with this line: "I was an altar boy plus two years of Sister Mary Honora's Latin class and had to look [ceteris paribus] up. I find that kinda of erudition . . . unsettling coming from a Trumpster."
Which is the kind of wit we have come to expect and demand from our resident Pulitzer Prize candidate. I enjoyed the jab thoroughly, the more so since I won't walk into the next room to watch a Donald Trump special on TV, much less drive to one of his rallies. In fact my wife IS a Trumpie, has the show on next room, and it's giving me a headache from here.
But I'm sure Terry was poking fun at his side of the spectrum 50-50 along with mine. It makes for good-natured self-satire on both sides now, the idea that if half the country just had real news instead of fake news, they'd have been smart enough to vote Hillary. The idea is slowly catching on, even at 538.com, that the left would be well advised to unnerstan' the right better. Or at least to understand Wisconsin better! ;- )
We're leading with the lesser of TJM's recent witticisms. Up next: the 50 most pompous Latin phrases to display on your next Safeco fan sign... starting with, obviously, "Magnum Opus." As in, the Night Watch was Rembrandt's Magnum Opus; Nelson Cruz' 2014 season was his Magnum Opus, as was his 2015 and 2016 and 2017 ... Dr. D was for about three days way fanatically into Latin phrases until his teacher smilingly chided him, "you're doing great with your little Latin ego trip there." ulp
I dragged out "ceteris peribus" (all things being equal) against my better judgment. And misspelled it ....
You don't even want to look up the Urban Dictionary on their definition of a Trumpster. It's pretty tragic. But Dennis Miller had the best reaction to this kind of attitude: please, whatever you do Mr. Podesta, please call us racists about 20 million more times! It's your way back to power! You gotta ride this wave until it hits the beach!
Bill James' most recent article is on the idea of "The 'Grow Up' Election." He sees 2016 as a major turning point in American history, the date at which America told the PC police, we have had enough of hyper-sensitivity. Another way to put this is, you cry Wolf on -isms one too many times, the voters are going to stop running to the defense...
I have a hard time even looking at Donald Trump and watching him talk. But I am interested in an America in which both sides are free to express their views openly without immediate smears of -isms, and am interested in Constitutional fundamentalism, am interested in the American President looking out for America first just as the French (whatever he's called) looks out for France first. As one sympathetic liberal put it, with complete sincerity and benevolence, "pity the Christians who had to turn to this man in their desperation for somebody to take their side."
The good news for the left is, a very small % of Americans would actually drive 50 miles to go to a Donald Trump rally. And, as James indicates, at best this will be a turning point in history, one in which we throw open the windows, get some fresh air into this cellar and actually negotiate some middle ground.
Comments open below for your own definition of Trumpsters :- )