A phrase recently appeared in the MSM: “anti-establishment
conservatives.” Brings to mind that well-worn phrase of the ’60s,
“counterculture.” But modeled for a new century and for new generations.
Sarah Palin first busted out and today conservatism — from Rand PaulRand PaulGOP healthcare plans push health savings account expansion Congress must reform civil asset forfeiture laws ObamaCare fix hinges on Medicaid clash in Senate MORE
and Judge Andrew Napolitano to former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and
Donald TrumpDonald TrumpThe speech that could save Trump's presidency Dakota Access protesters burn camp as deadline to leave looms Poll: Over half like ‘SNL’ mocking Trump MORE — brims with creativity. It brings a change of paradigm to
American politics and culture and suggests a forceful will and
intelligence at work in its desire to become real. Commentator Michael
Barone compared the change to that of the ’60s. There are now three
elements: Democrats, Republicans and the new conservative counterculture
which has no real name yet. By 2012 it could well become the new
New York Daily News columnist S.E. Cupp has a name to add to the new people: guitar hero and Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, author of a new book, Seize Freedom! American Truths and Renewal in a Chaotic Age. She says he could become the next president of the United States.
“At a time when so many Americans revile politicians for being part of the establishment, he sits unnervingly outside of it, at a matter-of-fact table with a matter-of-fact sign. So un-Trump,” she says.
In fact, McCotter might be seen as the anti-Trump.
McCotter is unflinchingly conservative, an unapologetic defender of American “exceptionalism” and the war on terror; he prizes good works over big promises, she writes. He was one of 59 Republicans who voted against House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerFormer House leader Bob Michel, a person and politician for the ages Former House GOP leader Bob Michel dies at 93 Keystone pipeline builder signs lobbyist MORE’s (R-Ohio) last-minute budget deal with Democrats, making him a favorite among Tea Party voters.
He speaks better than perhaps anyone in Congress and thrills the crowd, whether at the folkloric Tea Party rallies of heartland America or at Dartmouth student events.
Say what you like about Donald Trump, and the usual bitter invective will come forth as it did with Sarah Palin. But when the Trump helicopter landed here in New Hampshire two days ago it was like the Beatles had landed. And it will be a tough act to follow.
Key to Trump is this phrase he used yesterday in Las Vegas, the most appropriate place to begin his campaign. From The New York Times: “Even as Mr. Trump upbraided the country’s leadership, he reserved his greatest scorn for a New York landmark. He told the crowd he was tired of returning from Asia, where the bridges make the George Washington Bridge look like a 'toy.' "
It is perfect zen symbolism as Trump runs in opposition to the frumpy old GOP establishment (Rove: “joke candidate”; Krauthammer: “provocateur and clown”). They want to refurbish old landmarks. Trump wants to build new bridges.