I’ve been a party to more than a few conversations among right writers in which we discussed how the general public is going though the same stages GOP primary voters did. If you recall, he rarely had above a plurality until the spring. I’ve seen many articles and comments since the election that I can match with companion posts from the primary. And to give some answer to Mike Meyer and @SeanNeville, this is one of the reasons I resist shouting “fire”. In general, public nerves are frayed — and media nerves certainly seem so. Any version of shouting “fire!” (or any variation of “shut up”) will not be helpful at this time.

His supporters currently feel vindicated by the election result. “We were right and all you others were wrong, wrong, wrong then and are wrong now.” (That is a pithy summary of real conversations from the past few weeks.) They feel invincible. He is acting as if he is invincible. He’s not. They are not. But every time the media pounces, it confirms his supporters’ vindication again, and they aren’t likely to listen to a word the oppostion, friendly or otherwise, says until that cycle stops. To the extent they see justifiable rage over hysteria, they consider it turnabout for their forsaken decades when they weren’t any favored group or court-able swing demographic.

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