==> Are people criticizing Trump for the same reason that Bible-believing Christians speak out against the corruption of the world? I.e. just to say they officially tried even though the know it won’t change the (near-term) course of history? I’m being serious, I saw this HuffPo piece on Facebook and it has 110k views. It is simply a guy saying Trump is a racist and sexist, and shame on you for supporting him. What is the point of writing this? The guy can’t possibly think it will do anything except make Trump supporters possibly brainstorm about how they can vote twice for the guy on Election Day.
==> Likewise, these conservative pundits who are going after Trump with everything they’ve got. I’m baffled by it. They are only helping him. Suppose it turns out that Trump is only worth $300 million. You don’t think he can spin that to his advantage? “Wow, he’s had success and failure in the business world. He’s not an elitist billionaire after all.” The fact that MITT ROMNEY brought this up doesn’t help. To anticipate what I said on the latest issue of Contra Krugman (which hasn’t run yet): We see a similar phenomenon on the Left. Do you really think the rank-and-file Bernie Sanders supporters care that guys like Krugman and Austan Goolsbee say Gerald Friedman improperly used multiplier analysis in the out-years of his forecast? Are you kidding me?
OFFICIAL DISCLAIMER: I do not support Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump for president.
==> If you want to actually read an interesting analysis of the Trump phenomenon–which totally took me by surprise, I have no problem admitting–check out this very prescient post from last August by Scott Adams, the Dilbert creator. (HT2 Tyler Cowen)
==> Since I’m on a roll, let me go ahead and say I think Nick Rowe is being really slippery here too. (Just read our exchange and you’ll see what I mean by that.) But I give him the benefit of the doubt: I know it eats away at your mind when you start supporting NGDPLT. You end up denying the existence of objective truth. (NOTE: I’m still not sure if Scott Sumner actually embraces this position, or if he just flirts with it at the school dance.)