The Great Unifier

There’s something happening here, to borrow a phrase from Buffalo Springfield. (Now you know my age)

Just when you thought America could not become more polarized by class, race, ideology, culture, and politics, the worm turns.

All of these diametrically opposed forces, which have torn relentlessly at our national unity, are now aligning, in rare concert.

Thank you Donald Trump!

Irony of ironies.

The presidential candidate whose personality and politics inspire a wide range of incredulity is on the verge of an improbable nigh impossible coup.

Trump is uniting America!

The list of high-profile Republican critics and/or defectors, compiled by the Atlantic, is evidence:

Meg Whitman, Adam Kinzinger, Marc Racicot, Sally Bradshaw, John McCain, Kelly Ayote, Newt Gingrich, Barbara Bush, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Karl Rove, Larry Pressler, Richard Armitage, Brent Scowcroft, Hank Paulson, Norm Coleman, Michael Bloomberg, Vin Weber, Paul Ryan, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Richard Hanna, Charlie Dent, Ted Cruz, Ron Paul, Lindsay Graham, Ben Sasse, Mark Kirk, Mike Lee, Jeff Flake, Dean Heller, John Kasich, Brian Sandoval, Charlie Baker, Scott Walker, Larry Hogan, Bill Kristol, Ross Douthat, Erick Erickson, Leon Wolf, George Will, Charles Krauthammer, Joe Scarborough, Glenn Beck, Max Boot, Michael Reagan, Robert Kagan, Bret Stephens, Paul Singer, Charles and David Koch.

Not to mention GOP consultants Stuart Stephens and Mike Murphy, writes Bryan Curtis.

Hard to imagine that these people could agree with Bernie Sanders on even one thing, yet they do, and that is the magic of Trump. These moments of national unity are rare — Americans tend to coalesce around threats to national security, like 9/11. No doubt some Americans really do view Trump as such a threat, but that alone does not explain his phenomenon.

No, Trump’s unification effect is more eclectic — he’s got something to rub you, me and everybody the wrong way. Could be his smugness. Hair. Objectification of women. Thin resume. Rudeness. Short attention span. Gaudiness. Draft deferment. Bankruptcies. Outsourced businesses. Silver spoon upbringing. Etc.

Whatever it is, and whatever it takes, he’s got it. That’s why we should enjoy the time before the November election. For a few brief months we can appreciate an America where common purpose and common sense supersede stubborn partisanship.

Trump will lose and go off to reality television, most likely. History probably will scorn him. But many years from now history might revise its opinion, and we might remember him with nostalgia, as The Great Unifier.