September 28, 2016
Steve Sailer: Border and order in the presidential debate
Steve Sailer writes:
At this point Trump is on track to rank, along with Henry Clay, William Jennings Bryan, Al Smith, Barry Goldwater, and George McGovern, as one of the finest losers in American history. To win, however, Trump’s effort is going to have to be even more heroic than it has been to get him to where he is. (…)
The truth is that Trump isn’t really all that talented at what the professional wrestling business calls “mic work.” But as I pointed out a couple of months ago in my column “The Inarticulate Orator,” it’s precisely because he’s not terribly verbally facile that he’s been less likely to fall prey to the reigning bad ideas of our time the way Hillary has come increasingly under the sway of the Orwellian-Gladwellian conventional wisdom.
On the other hand, Trump’s huge challenge is that he’s trying to undermine, more or less single-handedly, the dominant mental bilge of our era. That’s not an easy task to accomplish in the off-the-cuff remarks Trump prefers. It takes longer speeches of the kind Ronald Reagan emphasized.
As this first debate showed, Trump can’t always rely on his sheer Trumposity to get his message across in his sentence fragments.
Trump’s secret weapon in his long climb to contention going back to his acceptance speech at the Republican convention has been that he has a brilliant speechwriter in young Stephen Miller…