Take a look at this shot captured by WaPo's Jenna Johnson at Trump's rally in Massachusetts on Wednesday night.
Panoramic pic of the Trump crowd in Worcester tonight: pic.twitter.com/CTTX0Eda4k— Jenna Johnson (@wpjenna) November 19, 2015
What do you see? People. Everywhere. Trump regularly draws thousands of people wherever he goes. While crowd size is an imperfect predictor of political success, it is a good indicator of the sort of organic passion and commitment a candidate is able to generate. People who take time out of their day (or night) to attend a political rally are the most motivated of supporters—and the sort of supporters every campaign covets.Similarly, Rush Limbaugh mentioned Worcester in his ferocious monologue dancing on the conventional wisdom’s grave after Trump’s recent, widely unanticipated, poll surge:
I watched the video of this. Trump is drawing crowds that they're not reporting on anymore. These crowds are huge where he's going. This was in Worcester, Massachusetts, last night at a campaign event, and he got heckled. Now, this guy... You watch this video. Trump is just... It looks like he's having more fun than I've ever seen anybody have on a campaign trail. Ted Cruz looks like that, too. But Trump just stands up there and smirks. You know, he's just in total control. He knows the audience is eating it up.Listen to what happened here...
Trump Rises After Paris Attack, Drive-Bys and Beltway Establishment Stunned, rushlimbaugh.com, November 19, 2015. VDARE.com emphasis added.Our impressions:
How are you gonna jeer Donald Trump if you don’t go inside? Oh yea, and if you do decide to do this, just understand that this ins’t some naniburger with cheese like Bernie Sanders or Martin O’Malley. Trumps people will toss your ass out of there and your whole protest will go up in flames…[Hyperlinks added].And it is true that the Trump crowd did react fiercely to the protesters (see below), although not much faster than the impressively efficient security. For some reason—well, for the usual reason—this has not made the MSM like the subsequent disruption of Trump’s speech in South Carolina [Black Lives Matter protester beaten and kicked after disrupting Donald Trump's speech, by Dennis Slattery, New York Daily News, November 21, 2015).But otherwise, and contrary to angry-white-male stereotype, the Worcester crowd contained many females and families and it was very happy—and seriously committed. In his article, WaPo’s Cillizza qualified judiciously: “Sure, some of the people who come to Trump rallies are only there to see the celebrity and bask in the spectacle.” I didn’t see that. These people were already completely sold.This of course vindicates the insight of William A. Galston in the Wall Street Journal (not the Editorial Page): Trump Rides a Blue-Collar Wave|Fifty-five percent of his supporters are white working-class (November 17, 2015):
The biggest surprise of the presidential election so far is the emergence and persistent strength of Donald Trump. Although Ben Carson is remarkable in many respects, he is the latest iteration of a familiar figure in Republican primary campaigns: the favored candidate of conservative evangelicals.By contrast, Mr. Trump is the staunchest champion of the white working class that American politics has seen in decades.Thanks to a recently released survey, a collaboration between the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and the Brookings Institution, we can now identify with much greater precision the sources of Mr. Trump’s support and the sentiments of his supporters.Among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, 39% of the white working class backs Mr. Trump, twice his share of white college-educated voters. Fifty-five percent of his supporters are white working class, compared with 35% for the rest of the Republican field and only 32% for Mr. Carson. (Links in original).Which is precisely the demographic that the Republican Party desperately needs—the much-missed “Reagan Democrats.” The GOP needs, not minority outreach, but majority inreach, especially in the states of Greater New England—the northern tier from Portland ME to Portland OR. Here, in the second-largest city in (actual) New England, Trump showed that he has that demographic eating out of his hand.
The Beverly Hillbillies with a rating of 34.9, meaning that 34.9 percent of all American homes with a television set were watching it. Since 93 percent of American homes had a television set by 1963, the upshot was that the same program was being watched in almost a third of all the homes in the United States. Those same staggering numbers went deep into the lineup. All of the top thirty-one shows had ratings of at least 20. By way of comparison, the number one show in the 2009–10 season, American Idol, considered to be a gigantic hit, had a rating of 9.1.Murray’s thesis is that, in contrast, the top five percent of America now have quite different habits from the rest:
Members of the new upper class don’t watch much television. If they watch television news, it is likely to be the PBS NewsHour. Many don’t use the television for entertainment except to watch films. Others have a few series that they watch faithfully—in recent years, perhaps House or Mad Men. Satirical animated shows such as The Simpsons and South Park have some loyal followers among the new upper class. But these favorites are unlikely to account for more than half a dozen hours of viewing a week. Meanwhile, the average American watches about thirty-five hours of television per week. Much of that viewing in mainstream America consists of material that is invisible to most of the new upper class—game shows, soap operas, music videos, home shopping, and hit series that members of the new upper class have never watched even once. Emphasis added.Trump has been on “mainstream television” for, approximately, ever—The Apprentice had been renewed for its fifteenth season when he declared for president, and he’s appeared on all kinds of other things I’ve never heard of. The crowd laughed knowingly when he referred to The Apprentice, and when he wound up his speech with “You’re fired!” These grassroots Americans simply feel they know Trump. He’s been a regular guest in their living rooms.Perhaps this explains two peculiar feature of Trump speeches—his dwelling on his poll numbers and on his net worth, as revealed by the financial statements he was compelled by election law (he says eagerly) to file. The Worcester crowd received these, respectively, with enthusiasm and surprising good humor. They seemed to regard them as a sort of sports report, which after all must make up a lot of those 35 hours of TV.
But, mistress, know yourself: down on your knees,
And thank heaven, fasting, for a good man's loveRosalind’s warning in As You Like It now applies urgently to the GOP Establishment: they should thank heaven, fasting, for a good Trump’s love. No-one else, and none but the issues he has pioneered, have comparable resonance with the white working class, the GOP’s must-have demographic.Like Rudy Giuliani, I am old enough to remember the GOP Establishment’s now-forgotten but very similar incredulity, horror and panic as 1979 wore on and the nomination of Ronald Reagan—not seen then by any means as the grandfatherly figure of subsequent legend—appeared increasingly likely. The overwhelming MSM conventional wisdom (which the Stupid Party Establishment of course believed) was that Reagan could not win the general election. What now appear ludicrous expedients like imposing Gerald Ford as a “co-president” were very seriously attempted.But Reagan won in a landslide. My guess is that Trump could too. And (ahem!) I did say about igniting the immigration issue, back in April and pre-Trump, “It Would Only Take One Speech.”In fact, it took only one sound bite.So, needless to say, the Stupid Party Establishment (urged on by the parasitical consultants who brought us President Romney) is gearing up to destroy Trump: Donors line up behind Kasich Super PAC planning Trump attack, by Emily Flitter, reuters.com, November 22, 2015.The GOP is preparing to shoot itself, not in the foot, but in the testicles.Peter Brimelow [Email him] is the editor of VDARE.com. His best-selling book, Alien Nation: Common Sense About America’s Immigration Disaster, is now available in Kindle format.