I had just birdied #1 at my country club. Not bad after a night shift. But I was nagged by something. I walked over to the pro tees at #2, the hardest hole on the course.
This hole is torture unless you hit a perfect tee shot down the right side over or under the enormous ancient oak that blocks the right fairway 200 yds from the pro tees because the fairway slopes to the left.. Go left and you are in the old oaks and blocked. After a very rare PERFECT tee shot on #2, and i do mean rare. The nagging morphed into a pondering of why the previously intelligent, level headed, rarely wrong and often brilliant ‘adults in the room’ such as Will, Krauthammer, and the entire NRO staff have become the keyboard version of the obnoxious phony-tough kid on the playground who calls everyone names but when confronted runs to teacher. They have evolved into writers unbecoming. I was also pondering a difficult up hill 125 yard wedge shot that would run away from right to left. The greens at this hundred plus year old masterpiece are stupid fast. But I digress.
In short, why is it that Donald Trump lives rent free in their heads? Why is it they have devoted so much print and words to one man and his supporters. I have never seen these guys go after the left or Obama in the way that they have gone after Trump and those who agree with his message. Odd that they would save their poison pen for someone and some people on their own side. Clown, Blowhard, Ego-Maniac, Racist…many adjectives. You get the picture.
They have twisted themselves in intellectual knots to degrade and dismiss Trump and his supporters: He is really a Democrat running in the GOP (or going 3rd party) at the behest of the Clintons. His supporters are simply angry children who can’t make up their minds like adults. Trump is nothing more than a billionaire version of Putin who wants to own America. The market crash is Trumps fault…Et Cetera.
George Will basically said that it is OK for illegals to break the law and stay here, the real conservative position is to ignore the illegal immigration problem because there are so many. Since when is obeying and enforcing the law not the conservative position? Krauhammer wondered out loud why we are wasting so much ink on Trump…ummm….well, you are one of the main culprits, doc. Navel-gaze much?
I could go on with more examples of vitriol and temper tantrum from the chattering class on the issue of Trump, but yinz have read it all yinz selves over the past month or two. Which brings me back to the opening question: Why is it that Donald Trump lives rent free in their heads?
Well, on the approach shot to #2 green it hit me. The 48 Vokey is enough if I don’t get it fat. The Titleist V1 will spin in and grip without release so the run away left of the hole is taken out of the equation. Spin much? A Titleist V1 hit well with a Vokey Wedge sure does, so do the chattering classes. The chattering class hates Trump so much because he is a real threat to their existence. These guys spin words together, that is their only skill and only product. They only write for a small percentage of the public to start with, so their limited skill set and market makes their grasp on money and a comfy lifestyle in the I95 corridor tentative even in good times. So they must protect their turf and sell strings of words to eat. Trump is leading a good percentage of their customers away because for Trump and his supporters, the chattering class are dunsel at the least or part of the problem at the worst.
The thing that drives them nuts about Donald Trump is that he is so wealthy, and such a natural leader, that he does not need them, or need the ruling elite, or need the lobbyists and this is driving them CRAZY! He does not need the chummy structure in place in DC that runs the GOP or runs the Dems for that matter. If he wins, that entire ball of corruption and power brokering comes unwound because he is completely independent of them and may do whatever a newly elected independent Executive wants to do with this failing company. The ponzi scheme is over. When you are not needed, you lose power and lose money and lose your job.
The chattering class sees Trump as a terrible threat. If Trump does not need them, and he gains more and more supporters, a good percentage of the customers who buy their word-strings will realize that they don’t need the chattering class face of the ruling elite. This would cause much consternation and problems to maintain the ‘writer/columnist’ lifestyle.
So, the guys like Will, Krauthammer, and the Ghost of NRO are just protecting their turf on the playground. They are trying to protect their jobs. That is fine by me, sometimes you have to fight for your dinner. It’s a shame they don’t go after the Dems the same way that go after Donald Trump and his supporters. Maybe they don’t see the Dems as a threat? Or Worse, they see Trumps supporters as the real threat. The Vokey was hit almost perfect. The ball ended up less than 3 feet from the hole. I birdied the par 4 #2 for only the second time of my membership, at best calculation: 2/500 rounds.
(Started birdie/birdie/par/….ended up with a real, all strokes counted 82, and this is one of the most difficult courses in the area)
Discuss and be nice. Please.