“Trump is ranting about Curiel’s bias not because doing so is part of any kind of rational…”

Trump is ranting about Curiel’s bias not because doing so is part of any kind of rational political strategy, but because he is going to lose the case. And if he loses, it must be somebody else’s fault. He’s not just talking about himself instead of something that actually matters to voters. He’s talking to himself, telling himself a story of how big a winner he is, no matter how often he loses. And he’s doing it in front of the entire country.

In a very basic sense, this is the emotional connection that Trump forged from the beginning of his campaign. Trump sees himself as a winner whose occasional setbacks are the result of other people’s unfairness or incompetence. He has connected with a slice of the voting public that sees America’s problems in similar terms: the fault of corrupt, incompetent, and disloyal elites. But successful political leaders — whether they operate within established norms or, like Trump, gleefully flout them — use that emotional connection for something larger. It’s the ground on which they build loyalty to a political program and organization.

Trump isn’t building anything. Indeed, he hasn’t built anything in a good long time; for decades, he’s been a marketer whose only product is his own mystique. And so it is with his political campaign. The purpose of the emotional connection he has forged is entirely personal: to reaffirm his own greatness, his own winningness. “I’ve always won and I’m going to continue to win. And that’s the way it is,” he told supporters on the Monday conference call. The conversation keeps coming back to him because that’s where he wants it to go. Because that’s all his campaign has ever been about.

Noah Millman, Why Donald Trump won’t stop talking about Judge Curiel

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Tags: but still, A LOT, the world super double plus does not need more analysis of trump, nor does your dashboard probably, i will not be doing this often, but i found this interesting, it's a very small silver lining on a very dark ugly cloud, that trump's nomination allows one to see very clearly, who on the political right is actually motivated by principal, and a coherent set of ideas, vs. by tribalism alone, because in the first group you find people who are aghast, and forced to think deeply about what his nomination means, and make sense of it in terms of their larger worldview, and I appreciate that, and value it, we need more honest people, who are willing to subject their ideology to the test of outside evidence, the world is a better place for people like that, okay and also, i'm impressed by the degree, of naked pathological narcissism trump displays, and what it means for the country to be confronted by it, in the nominee of a major party, i think it's way more important, to have a functioning national political system, than a good reality tv show, and it scares me, that we seem to be optimizing for the latter in this cycle, it's hard not to watch.

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