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Live from Cloud-Cuckooland: This is, I may say, the best #slatepitch EVAR! Much kudos to Jonathan Chait!

Jonathan Chait: Why Liberals Should Support a Trump Nomination: "The initial stupefaction and dismay with which liberals greeted Donald Trump’s candidacy...

...ave slowly given way to feelings of Schadenfreude— reveling in the suffering of others, in this case the apoplectic members of the Republican Establishment. Are such feelings morally wrong? Or can liberals enjoy the spectacle unleavened by guilt? As Republican voters start actually voting, is it okay to be sad--alarmed, even--by the prospect that the Trump hostile takeover of the GOP may fail?There are three reasons... for a liberal to earnestly and patriotically support a Trump Republican nomination.

The first, of course, is that he would almost certainly lose.... Among the electorate as a whole, he is massively--indeed, historically--unpopular, with unfavorable ratings now hovering around 60 percent and a public persona almost perfectly designed to repel the Obama coalition....

Second, a Trump nomination might upend his party. The GOP is a machine that harnesses ethno-nationalistic fear--of communists, criminals, matrimonial gays, terrorists, snooty cultural elites--to win elections and then, once in office, caters to its wealthy donor base. (This is why even a social firebrand like Ted Cruz would privately assure the billionaire investor Paul Singer that he wasn’t particularly concerned about gay-marriage laws.)... The fissure between the means by which Republicans attain power and the ends they pursue once they have it has widened.... Trump’s candidacy represents, among other things, a revolt by the Republican proletariat against its master class. That is why National Review devoted a cover editorial and 22 columns to denouncing Trump as a heretic to the conservative movement.... If, like me, you think the Republican Party in its current incarnation needs to be burned to the ground and rebuilt anew, Trump is the only one holding a match.

The third reason to prefer a Trump nomination: If he does win, a Trump presidency would probably wind up doing less harm to the country than a Marco Rubio or a Cruz presidency. It might even, possibly, do some good...

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