|“These smug pilots have lost touch with regular passengers like us. Who thinks I should fly the plane?”|
But political leadership is different.There's no qualification that means that I should automatically give candidate A's preferred approach to health care coverage more weight than my own. I can understand and appreciate that candidate A has great experience in governance and leadership while still thinking that their chosen solution to the rise of China is prima facie evidence that they shouldn't be allowed anywhere near the White House. Spending some time down South I picked up a few sayings. Some of them didn't make a lot of sense to me then or now but one aphorism which I liked was "Put it where the goats can get it". As goats eat grass, and everything, down to the root this meant that you needed to communicate simply enough so that everyone can easily understand you. You have to speak in language that your audience understands and use examples which resonate with that audience. Right now Republicans and conservatives are doing this better than Democrats and liberals when it counts, at election time. If liberals and progressives really do see themselves as smarter than everyone else, then they may lose sight of the fact that political legitimacy doesn't come from being smarter and having the right solutions but from winning the votes of the people. In other words Trump and his team may well be drooling morons with no idea of how to run successful foreign or domestic policy. But they were better than their rivals at getting enough people to buy into their vision. Democrats must relearn how to do that. I think they will. Eventually.