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The New York Times sent out an important signal Saturday regarding an imminent, significant change in the prescribed emotional orientation of the Left.
We will soon be directing y’all to shift the focus of your deepest, darkest, and most fervent loathing from the Donald to DeSantis.
…you might say, Donald Trump is a bully, too. Yes, he is. But Donald Trump is also a lifelong celebrity with a public persona that is as much about “The Apprentice” and even “Home Alone 2” as it is about his political career. What’s more, Trump has the skills of a celebrity. He’s funny, he has stage presence, and he has a kind of natural charisma. He can be a bully in part because he can temper his cruelty and egoism with the performance of a clown or a showman. He can persuade an audience that he’s just kidding — that he doesn’t actually mean it.
Ron DeSantis cannot. He may be a more competent Trump in terms of his ability to use the levers of state to amass power, but he’s also meaner and more rigid, without the soft edges and eccentricity of the actual Donald Trump.
Trump (Trump? TRUMP?!) has “natural charisma” and “stage presence” and (OMG-I’m-literally shaking!!!) “soft edges and eccentricity.”
Take a few deep breaths. None of that bitter clinging, now! That’s not who we are, Folx.
Remember: Unlike those rigid Deplorables, Democrat voters are flexible. Heck, y’all are capable of tying yourself into half hitches while performing a 180 pirouette just so’s to stay on the right side of history, amiright? Welp, the times they are a-changin’ and your feelings must be a-changin’ too. The change will obviously be challenging — this is a big ask! — but we’ve got faith in you.
Some of you will recall when Bush/Cheney was Literally Hitler.
Rueful Smile Emoji!
“Bush lied, People Died,” etc.
Sure, those guys started two wars and Cheney shot a guy in the face, but when the time came — the time, that is, for all non-semi-fascist Americans to be Stronger Together (TM) in defense of corrupt Establishment Elites Our Democracy, you people stepped up, and by God/dess, you loathed whom you were told to loathe. And you did it with conviction and vim.
Then, when it was time to regard the first loathee with nuance, and loathe someone else instead, you did that too. (We just could not be prouder of our Dem voters!)
Donald J. Trump is no longer the guy who presents the greatest threat to Democrat power. So here’s what you’re going to do: You’re going to let the Orange Monster slowly slide, natural charisma and all, from the capacious, rent-free space he’s been occupying in your mind. (It’ll now be permitted, by the way, to notice that Melania is freakin’ gorgeous.) You’ll pat him sentimentally on his weird yellow hair and send him on his way.
The new “literally Hitler” will be moving in soon.Published in