Donald Trump is taking fire not just from liberals but from conservatives.
Amazing, if you ask me.
OK, you didn’t ask, but I’ll offer my opinion anyway.
The latest broadside comes from Jonah Goldberg, who I consider to be one of the better, smarter conservative pundits around. I always enjoy reading his world view, even though I generally disagree with it.
But where it regards The Donald, well, young Jonah is on point. You need to read his essay here. If you’re in the right frame of mind, as I happened to be when I read, you’ll laugh out loud. No kidding!
Here’s a tiny bit of what he wrote:
“… what I find so gaudy about Trump is his constant reference to the fact that he made a lot of money, and his expectation that it somehow makes him immune to criticism or means that he’s a better person than his GOP competitors, never mind yours truly.”
I’ve already taken note of Trump’s continual references to how rich he is. Some of my own critics have wondered if I’m envious of his wealth. No. I’m not.
His yammering about his wealth — which some have suggested isn’t nearly as immense as he says it is — simply drives me crazy. One more tidbit from Goldberg: “He’s a bore who overcompensates for his insecurities by talking about how awesome he is, often in the third person. Jonah can’t stand that.”
And yet, in this wacky world of ours, his boastfulness is getting traction by those who think it all translates into leadership.
Another key point in Goldberg’s essay is how thin-skinned Trump is, how he bristles at criticism. Trump has fired back at his critics, such as Goldberg, which puzzles the young columnist, who wondered why someone who considers himself to be “master of the Universe” would get upset anything anyone said about him.
We’ve clearly entered a new age, or perhaps been transported without our knowledge into a parallel political universe.
The behavior that The Donald is exhibiting is precisely the kind of thing that in another time would have resulted in his being laughed off the political stage. The prancing and preening he does would be grist for ridicule from serious politicians.
These days they’re taking this guy seriously.
And with good reason. The Donald is at or near the top of every public opinion poll of Republican voters.
I believe Jonah Goldberg has a point: The Donald’s fans need an intervention.