What’s In A Name?

Over at American Greatness, Roger Kimball explains why he’s given up on Trumpism.


  1. whitewall says

    The closing sentence of Kimball’s piece is the root of it…Trump is not a product of “their” tribe. Or any permissable tribe for that matter. He talks like too many of “us”.

    Posted November 14, 2017 at 7:33 pm | Permalink
  2. Kimball lost me when he brought up Max Boot. The guy is less than a joke.

    I vaguely remember on Laura Ingram after we “won” Iraq and no WMDs showed up, Kimball expressed confidence that they would be found.

    Whatever Trumpism is escapes moi, but wisdom will not be found emanating from Kimball or Boot.

    Posted November 16, 2017 at 11:38 am | Permalink
  3. Malcolm says

    Hi Joseph,

    It seems to me that Mr. Kimball only mentions Max Boot’s take on Trump in order to disagree with it from top to bottom.

    Posted November 16, 2017 at 3:55 pm | Permalink
  4. Jason says

    No need to remove my earlier comment, Malcolm; simply too quickly jumped the gun in assuming that Yankah is Jewish, and I was worried that this might have left a bad taste in some mouths. Anyway thanks for you and Whitewall telling me that my remark didn’t offend.

    Concerning the essay, while Kimball makes good points about Trump’s accomplishments, I think he and other conservatives are way too sanguine about the president’s character issues. I must confess, for instance, that I find many of his tweets to be shocking, and considering how remarkably cautious public figures must be with their words it is hard for me to see how one just puts Trump’s pensees aside because illegal immigration is down, or unemployment is low. And I would pose this obvious querry: what happens when there is a crisis, say American military involvement in Asia, not exactly a remote possibility before the next election? Everything in Trump’s nature will encourage him to rely on bluster and demonization, when the situation will instead – largely – call for cool statesmanship and persuasion. There won’t be the margin for error that exists for the commander-in-chief currently in “calmer” times.

    Posted November 16, 2017 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

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