How Democrats Got Lucky With Trump

“I know it doesn’t feel like it, but Democrats got lucky with Trump. They got lucky that he’s too short-sighted to take an incremental loss to solidify long term gains. Nothing demonstrates Trump’s incompetence as a manager like his deference to Paul Ryan and the staffing of his administration with the same old establishment Republican tools. Liberals lacking imagination believe it couldn’t possibly be worse than Trump. They’re fooling themselves.

“FDR famously wrote during the Great Depression that in order to save the republic it was necessary to be ‘fairly radical for a generation.’ His New Deal legislation delivered on that vision and helped to build the American middle class. If we offer incrementalism at a moment requiring radicalism, I fear that one day we will long for the Trump era once again.”

— Krystal Ball, The Rising (11/19/19), “The Populist’s Guide to 2020: A New Right And New Left Are Rising” (2020).