The Forgotten Secret of Trump’s Success

Source: The Atlantic
by Olga Khazan

“Democrats are still licking their wounds from defeats in last week’s elections in Virginia, New Jersey, and elsewhere. Some are calling for the party to refocus on popular moderate policies. Perhaps that’s the most realistic path forward; it’s the formula that top Republicans settled on following their own stinging electoral defeat in 2012. But instead of following its party leadership’s prescription, the GOP base nominated a celebrity, and rode his popularity to electoral triumph. Why can’t Democrats do the same?” [editor’s note: The GOP didn’t win in 2016 because of Trump, it won in spite of him; the Democrats worked overtime to lose that election, and just barely managed to do it – TLK] (11/08/21)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2021/11/trump-celebrity-candidate-phenomenon/620619/