Scott Alexander Tries To Figure Out Trump’s Meteoric Rise

Theses On Trump – http://slatestarcodex.com/2015/09/03/theses-on-trump/

Dude is straight fire. No one knows why. But Scott has his finger on it, I think. He lays out a lot of gridwork and scaffolding…data here, history there, and “Why not Ben Carson?” over here in the odds and ends cabinet. The only thing he’s missing is a Silent Majority/Nixon analogy, and a Southern Strategy reference. In fact, I better steal that one. But it’s not that difficult. He realizes that, deep down. No one else seems to.

Trump is winning because he’s different. That’s the only reason. The Machine has valued difference so highly that difference is beginning to stand out for difference’s sake alone, rather than against any contrasting noise. That’s new. That terrifies custodial types. That could be the best or the worst thing ever, and it will probably be both.

You hear that sound? That’s the sound of the flywheel spinning on the loom so hard the governor’s about to fly off. Get ready.

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