Hillary Clinton — whose warmth, integrity and down-to-earth style were the largest reasons for Trump’s election — has now publicly turned against civility. “You cannot be civil,” she explains, “with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about.”
The problem, of course, is that this describes politics in pretty much every time …
The president of chaos, dehumanization and violent threats intends to run as a symbol of social stability and order.
How can this possibly work? It may not. But Trump’s hand is strengthened when thinkers on the left attempt to argue that the anti-majoritarian elements of U.S. democracy are undercutting the legitimacy of Republican government. Since Trump did not win the popular vote, the argument goes, and since the electoral rules are rigged in favor of Republicans to control the House and Senate, and since much of the Supreme Court has been chosen and approved by presidents and legislators without majority support, then Republican rule is an attack on democracy ….
Gerson’s excellent column (go read it all) strikes me as a clearer argument for Democrats’ best course as becoming clearly the grownups in the room.