…a cold and bitter laugh.
It’s as if Rick Perlstein just discovered blogs:
I Thought I Understood the American Right. Trump Proved Me Wrong
“The professional guardians of America’s past, in short, had made a mistake. We advanced a narrative of the American right that was far too constricted to anticipate the rise of a man like Trump. Historians, of course, are not called upon to be seers. Our professional canons warn us against presentism – we are supposed to weigh the evidence of the past on its own terms – but at the same time, the questions we ask are conditioned by the present. That is, ultimately, what we are called upon to explain. Which poses a question: If Donald Trump is the latest chapter of conservatism’s story, might historians have been telling that story wrong?”
We foul-mouthed, vituperative DFH of the Left have been telling the Media this for decades, Rick. The big story is not America’s polarization, it’s that one of our two major parties has gone balls-out, hammer-down, mad-monkey terrordome crazy. And you and your colleagues in the press reported nothing.
You want your own Pulitzer? Write that story.