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David Frum: The Wrong Man

March 26, 2018 in Economics

By Gene Healy

Gene Healy

Nobody asked me to sign a manifesto or anything, but if
“Never Trump” means believing that our 45th president
is dangerously unfit for the office he holds, then count me in. I
feared from the first that a man who couldn’t laugh off a
“small hands” jibe from Marco Rubio might not be
adequately endowed with the maturity and self-restraint we’d
hope to see in someone entrusted with the nuclear launch codes.
Since the primaries, on a near-daily basis, Trump’s behavior
has validated that fear. This is “not normal,” and
it’s not good.

So right about now we could use a book that cuts through the
social media outrage of the moment and takes a sober look at the
dangers of the Trump presidency. Alas, David Frum’s
Trumpocracy is not that book. “In the rush of
immediate controversies,” the author cautions in the opening
pages, “we can overemphasize things of no lasting consequence
and overlook things that will prove supremely important.” In
this case, the result is an indiscriminate, occasionally
overwrought critique that’s nearly as exhausting as the Trump
presidency itself.

Reading too much of Trumpocracy in one sitting felt
something like being strapped to the chair for the “Ludovico Technique,” eyes pried open with
specula, while a year’s worth of Trump’s Twitter feed
races across the screen. Unlike Clockwork’s Alex, I
didn’t end up in the fetal position, but the experience left
my skull buzzing, temporarily unable to distinguish casual threats
of thermonuclear annihilation from “covfefe.”

Imagine a book-length
broadside against Barack Obama that whipsaws from the illegal war
in Libya to the fashion crime of the infamous tan suit.

Make no mistake, Frum tells us: “We are living through the
most dangerous challenge to the free government of the United
States that anyone alive has encountered.” What’s at
stake is “democracy’s undoing,” and “the
crisis is on Americans, here and now.”

But if the threat Trump represents is so grave, why sweat the
small stuff? In Trumpocracy, the petty grifts and
indecencies threaten to crowd out the genuine enormities: Trump is
“on track to spend more on travel in one year of his
presidency than Obama in eight”; his inaugural committee
raked in record-breaking donations without accounting for how they
were spent; the president was mean to “Spicey” by not
bringing him along to meet the pope. Imagine a book-length
broadside against Barack Obama that whipsaws from the illegal war
in Libya to the fashion crime of the infamous tan suit.

Frum, who can make marking the ballot for Hillary Clinton sound
like an act of uncommon valor, has …read more

Source: OP-EDS

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