The American Autumn is John Robb’s recent post on Donald Trump’s open source insurgency. The whole thing is excellent as Robb always is, but this paragraph in particular caught my eye:
The Trumpificationof the Establishment >> Trump isn’t running a campaign, he’s running anopen source insurgency (see my earlier article on this) that makes him nearly immune to personal attack, and it is working. He has secured a whopping 7 points (47 to 40) lead over Clinton in a recent national poll by the LA Times/USC — despite the fact that nearly EVERYONE in the media, academic, government, and political establishment is working against him. This loss of control has infuriated the establishment, leading to increasing levels of paranoia, hyperbole, and anger (particularly in the media). In short, the establishment is starting to act increasingly like Trump does — exaggerating and amplifying everything.
Robb closes by noting the line of talk that has become bipartisan:
Trump’s rhetorical suggestion that Russian hackers should find Hillary’s deleted e-mails. This has led many people in the establishment to contend that Trump committed ‘treason and is now a clear and present danger to the security of the US.’