From Jonah Goldberg at National Review, Politics Enters the Fast Lane:

Everything we know about how Trump tweets, and talks, and acts, tells us that he lives in the moment. He even brags about it. His one concession to the future is his insatiable need to keep his options open, not in policy terms but in a personal one. I don’t want to waste everyone’s time by documenting the rich history of Donald Trump’s Twitter account, never mind his countless aphasic asides in interviews, but it seems obvious to me that whatever good the “tape” tweet did for Donald Trump, it was blind luck.

Conversely, just as Trump supporters should probably give up trying to connect the tweeted dots in order to paint a picture of some grand strategist, so should Trump’s critics on the left and, to some extent, on the right. Bannon may be a Cylon with a nefarious plan for world domination. Trump certainly doesn’t have one. For good or ill, the man is not a composer of multi-part symphonies, he’s improvisational jazz all the way down. Some love the tune. Some hate it. But no one should mistake it for something else.


The conservative anti- Trumpers  question how long this strategic absence of strategy will last. The quick answer is a) until the Democrats either offer something better,( or play the correct game which is the more cynical view,) or  b)until the consequences of Trumpism become more broadly unacceptable.  So far the Democrats seem to be betting the wad on option b).

They may want to consider a backup plan.