Thanks for the thoughtful feedback.
Do keep in mind that as I define (and refine) these definitions, they are meant to describe the primary attributes of a candidate — that is, their political character traits with which they are most likely to be identified with by a Democratic primary voter. Many of them have overlapping…
(This is a copy and paste to another, similar reply)
There are a lot of macro indicators Trump can point to, absolutely, and empirically they are true. But I do not think they are an advantage to him in the only contest that matters: the culture of economics, which is moving away from the GOP.
Thank you so much! Let me reply here to your idea that Trump is strong on economics.
There are a lot of macro indicators he can point to, absolutely, and empirically they are true. But I do not think they are advantage to him in the only contest that matters: the culture of economics, which is moving away from the GOP.
You’re pretty much nailing why he’s unlikely to survive the primary: the cultural activists (whom I classify as ‘Dogmatic’ voters) are almost entirely united against him. But I worry about these dynamics. The Dogmatic voters want one of their own as a candidate, but to do so will almost certainly be a gift to Trump.
All this comes from a good place, but let me just highlight the subtle, negative messaging that helped convince me to quit teaching after a decade in the field.
You extol the sacrifices; the missionary mindset; the over-the-top service. I know that’s coming from a good place, but what you’re actually doing is saying that’s…