Podcast — July 24, 2018 at 7:21 am

What Has Saved Trump – with special guest Corey Robin


In the history of polling, no president besides George W. Bush right after 9/11 has ever been more popular with his own party at this point in his presidency than Donald Trump, with 88 percent approval.

But even with his compound in flames, David Koresh’s approval with the Branch Davidians was still close to 100 percent.

During GOP primary of 2015-2016, the best attack Donald Trump’s Republican weak-kneed opponents managed to toss at him was that he wasn’t a real conservative. Corey Robin, who teaches political science at Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate Center, argued the exact opposite.

Robin contends that Trump’s “racism, irregularity, and populism, and the ambient violence that trails him and his entourage” are “the telltale signs of conservatism.”

In his book “The Reactionary Mind,” the book the New Yorker said predicted Trump, Robin explains that “Conservatism is an elitist movement of the masses, an effort to create a new-old regime that, in one way or another, makes privilege popular.” And Robin offers up the single best definition of conservatism I’ve ever read: “…the felt experience of having power, seeing it threatened, and trying to win it back.” In other words, Make America Great Again.

Robin is not only one of America’s foremost critics of the right from the left; he is also one of the most pitiless observers of the liberal establishment. We wanted to talk to him about how to make sense of Trump’s conservatism and how Democrats can oppose him without repeating the mistakes that made Trumpism possible.

Corey Robin on Twitter: @CoreyRobin

Corey Robin’s website: CoreyRobin.com

Corey Robin on CoreyRobin.com: The Question of Russia and the Left: A response to Ryan Cooper

Buy Corey Robin’s book, The Reactionary Mind, HERE.

The Good — Nevada/Medicaid expansion
Dave Jamieson at Huffington Post: The Las Vegas Union That Learned To Beat The House

Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns at The New York Times: Democrats See Openings at State Level, Thanks to Trump Resistance

Amy Sherman at Politifact: Ohio Republican Mike DeWine changed position on Medicaid expansion

The Bad — War in Iran
Tim Kaine at The Atlantic: Don’t Let Trump Go to War With Iran

Chris McGreal at The Guardian: Sheldon Adelson: the casino mogul driving Trump’s Middle East policy

The Shrugly ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ — Democratic civil war
Alexander Burns at The New York Times: There Is a Revolution on the Left. Democrats Are Bracing.

Ted Roelofs at Bridge: Are Michigan Dems running for governor veering too far left?

MI-GOV poll via Emerson College: Democrats eye Governor seat in Michigan; US Sen. Debbie Stabenow starts ahead of rivals by 16 points.

Jonathan Oosting at The Detroit News: Group reveals donors behind Whitmer ad campaign

Progressives Everywhere‘s Candidate of the Week (via @JordanZakarin):
This week’s choice is Tina Davis, a PA legislator who is running for the State Senate. She’s running in a very swingy district — Hillary Clinton won it in 2016, but so did Republican Senator Pat Toomey — and she’s taking on an entrenched incumbent. But she’s made a name for herself in the legislature and is a very grassroots-focused candidate, with a great pro-worker platform.

Pennsylvania is deadlocked with a Democratic governor and Republican supermajority in the State Senate, but the GOP’s grasp on the chamber is down to just one seat, making Davis’s candidacy that much important. I’ll work to interview her soon, but we’re already raising money for her campaign.

Donate to Tina Davis HERE.

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Music clips
Intro and transition music: You Dress Like an Asshole by Not The 1s
Flint Water Crisis Update intro: Unclaimed by Mike Wagner/Total Strangers
Outro music: Complain (from the movie Bob Roberts) by David Robbins & Tim Robbins