What is politics about?

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If politics is about policymaking, then Donald Trump’s presidency thus far has been an exercise in weakness and ineptitude. But if politics is about something deeper than policy — about moving and shaping public opinion, and thus shifting the political landscape at a more fundamental level — then the distressing truth is that President Trump has been remarkably effective in his nearly three years at the center of American public life. … “America, love it or leave it!”: the phrase echoed through George Wallace’s remarkably potent third-party campaign for president in 1968 … Like Wallace reborn for the 21st century and given all the amplification of the Oval Office and a Twitter account, Trump rails against anyone who would dare suggest that the country needs to aspire to be anything more than it already is — or once was, before its pre-existing greatness was tarnished by them.

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