Breaking pledge to support the GOP nominee easy for governor insulated from problems of ordinary Americans
Members of the ruling elite have a seemingly unlimited capacity to misunderstand populist movements. Like polar bears in an ice age, they benefit from the problems that are ruining the lives of others. Unlike the polar bears, they created the problems that are ruining the lives of others.
Populism doesn’t come raining down on the Jeb Bushes and Hillary Clintons of the world because of random bad luck. Populism is always an equal and opposite reaction to actions that harm ordinary people. In this case, globalization — which is great for giant corporations, the politicians they fund, and the media outlets they own, but bad for ordinary people — is the culprit. Hence, the freak out.
It’s good to be a polar bear like John Kasich. He has the luxury of being outraged by Donald Trump. There’s pretty much no trade deal on Earth that can outsource his job as governor of Ohio. Kasich announced yesterday through his spokesman that he broke his promise to support the Republican nominee and wrote in Arizona Sen. John McCain for president.
As a powerful millionaire whose next job is just a few rich donors away, Kasich is completely unaffected by the stagnant economy, Obamacare, and high taxes. Maybe he’ll get the Social Security from the program he paid into and maybe he won’t. His job won’t be sent overseas, and his wages won’t be driven down by cheap labor.
Because of all that, John Kasich has the luxury of basing his vote on tiny, inconsequential things. Donald Trump used cold, prickly rhetoric. Gasp. I can’t vote for him. Donald Trump said something that the mainstream media spun as xenophobic. Gasp. I can’t vote for him. Those are the sort of issues you have the luxury of worrying about when Obama’s America isn’t kicking your butt — and then issuing a press release promising to raise your butt-kickings by 116 percent in the next fiscal year.
Consider the unemployed guy who lost his job because a free trade deal let the company he worked for send his job from Ohio, which has labor laws, to a third-world country where someone destitute will do it for $9 a month. You think that guy bases his vote on whether Donald Trump’s answer to some debate question was nuanced enough?
How about the middle-class couple who can barely make ends meet because they don’t qualify for Obamacare subsidies and they’re forced to pay insane premiums for terrible plans with giant deductibles? If Clinton wins this election, their already unaffordable premiums are going to more than double. You think that couple worries about how Donald Trump allegedly hurt Alicia Machado’s feelings two decades ago?
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