As a Liberal since exiting the womb, growing up I always found Conservatives to admire, even if I wouldn’t vote for them. H.W., Alan Simpson, Jack Kemp... William F. Buckley and of course the great Bill Safire come to mind. When I was 16 I had friends supporting Dole/Kemp, and I was ok with them doing so — it wasn’t a character flaw, it was just a disagreement. James Baker is the most successful Secretary of State of my lifetime.
But right now even Newt’s primary colonels —Scarborough and Kasich — have jumped ship. Mainstays of Conservativism and the former Republican Party from major players in the W White House like Nicole Wallace to McCain’s campaign manager, Steve Schmidt, to George F. Will have urged all people regardless of party to vote straight Democratic ticket until this scourge — not just Trump, himself, but Trumpism — passes (if it does).
I really try to have empathy for Trump supporters. I say that they get their “news” from such different places and are surrounded by such different people that they simply have been duped. I say that “Only a Pawn In Their Game” is more relevant today than it was in 1963. And there is a giant apparatus in place to trick White working class Americans into believing the barriers to their economic success and safety are “others” as opposed to the absurdist policies of those doing the scapegoating. (eg. a 1.3T tax cut that doesn’t substantively cut 99.9% of the population’s taxes — though the effects of that one have yet to be felt — cuts to basic services including, and perhaps especially, education.) And a lot of that is certainly true. But it is not the entire story.
There is a base racism, authoritarianism, and anti (small “l”) liberalism running through one of the two major political parties. Fascism. With a true moron suffering from clinical narcissism as its leader. And, particularly unfortunately, said narcissistic moron is the President of the United States.
For the record I’ve studied existential personality disorders. Narcissism (benign and malignant), necrophilia, sadism. I studied them fairly in depth in college and none so much as narcissism. It was in an upper level Government course called “Causes of War”.