How Orange alters colors
“Better Red than dead,” the lefties were wont to say back in the Ban-the-Bomb days, when Donald Trump’s handlers were nannies.
“Better Russkie than Democrat” is the contemporary version for fans of an unabashed pal of the Kremlin leadership who’s defied his nation’s own spy agencies in blowing off overwhelming evidence that our election process was violated to grease the defeat of a candidate the Russians don’t like.
Trump has pretty much exhausted our capacity for astonishment by now; but this has to be the Big Kahuna, especially for those from the Bright Red Heartland where the very John Birch Society itself was born. To wage a new Cold War, with the Democratic Party as the bad guys? The mid-century Indianapolis Star titan Eugene Pulliam — who despised Democrats and civil rights agitators, to be sure– must be rolling in his grave.
Logic, never part of the Trump portfolio, has no place here, at least on the surface. The party and president that have been steadily denounced for limp-wristedness in foreign affairs now is admonished to make nice to the most dangerous of U.S. rivals.
Makes no sense. Unless there’s money to be made by a handful of men. And unless the current president is simply the wrong color for people in Red America, who are unlikely to get cut in on the deals they’ve enabled.