I was out of pocket today. AWOL, off the reservation, footloose and fancy free. I was communing, consorting and other wise hobnobbing with my fellow wizards. We went to this car show in a very ritzy town. The cars were parked up and down two sides of the street in this town. Hundreds of them. It had a lot of extremely expensive cars. Ferraris, Jaguars, Lamborghinis, Porsches, Bentleys and even less familiar luxury cars. There were also some antique cars from the 30’s like Packards and some very cool old Fords. And some high-performance cars from the 60’s; Stingrays and such. I walked for hours and took a million pictures.
Then we got back to our host’s home and his gracious wife feasted us on an Italian meal. It was one delicacy after another ending off with some delicious pastries. And in between we talked politics. There were two camps of thought. One group said that DeSantis should be president. The other said we need Trump. I’m a big fan of DeSantis’s but I was in the second camp. One of the attendants mirrored my thinking. He said we need Trump because he motivates the Deplorables. And he knows how to avoid being played by the Left. He also pummels the Establishment Republicans when they get in the way.
The DeSantis camp basically are afraid that Trump will lose by scaring off moderates. I clarified by saying they’re afraid he’ll scare off women. I contended that Trump irks women. And one of the wives who was present confirmed this assertion. She said, “That’s right, he irks me and I think he irks a lot of women.”
And that’s a basic truth about Donald Trump. He irks women. He irks some other people too but the fact that he irks women is diagnostic. Trump irks women because he says rude things, mean things, cruel things. But many of the cruel things he says are true. As a rule, women are more social than men. They pay more attention to the impact on other people’s emotions of the things they say. Women are more polite, more diplomatic. They are the opposite of Donald Trump. Trump says things to get a reaction. Insulting his enemies and even his “allies” that aren’t aligned with his goals is a minute-to-minute calculation. He is always saying “mean things” on Twitter.
But we need that. Badly. I tried to make the point that we need Trump to win in 2024. We also need DeSantis to be his Vice President, almost his Co-President. And I think Trump actually needs DeSantis more than DeSantis needs him. We need someone who can drain the swamp. Donald Trump tried in 2017 – 2021 and completely failed. Maybe Pence was part of the reason for that failure. Maybe this time DeSantis can be the surgeon Trump needs to lobotomize the Deep State.
At least that’s my read on what is needed. Trump knows the policies he wants but he needs someone who can translate that agenda into an assault on the insurrectionist agencies of the Executive Branch in order to make those policies happen.
Was I able to change any minds? I don’t know but I made my case and I could see some of the reasons why Trump has so many detractors on the Right. Americans, and American women especially are polite, friendly people. They don’t want to be attacked, especially not by friends. But what it is time to do is to point out to these people that sometimes the truth is cruel and hurts some people. And that the truth is its own defense. Ignoring or denying the truth because it is ugly, hurtful or cruel isn’t going to make it go away.
The Democrats won’t be able to ignore or deny the truth of what they have done to this country. And just because it is Donald Trump who will be pointing these things out in his own inimitable and caustic way won’t allow them to ignore what is being said. It’s just too ugly for politeness to bandage over.
In 2024 Trump will be the bitter medicine for those who voted for Biden in 2020. I don’t know if there’s any sugar that can make it easier to swallow. And I don’t care.