Why Donald Trump and Boris Johnson? It occurs to me that the very way the Left fights its battles requires adversaries that do not utilize the genteel way that the George Wills and Bill Kristol of this world prefer.
The Left’s basic tool is shaming and moral superiority, “the kind of good people Americans are,” to use the President’s words. Their most basic charge against the Right is that ‘you hate-we love.’ Romney, McCain, Bush came to this kind of battle unarmed. They simply don’t know how to respond to moral and verbal bullying. Trump and Johnson are more than capable at a verbal knife fight.
Most Republicans are very uncomfortable with this. They are not street fighters. The Left loves it. It’s what they do. From the LGBT, to Black Lives Matter, to Bernie’s squads, to La Raza, etc., verbal broadsides and uncivil disruptions are the daily menu. And not just verbal. Physical harassment is part of the game, too.
But Trump and Johnson can street fight, too. Republicans complain. It’s not really about party platforms, policies, etc. No. It should be, but it’s not. It’s about who can bully who and end up being the alpha male or female.
Republicans don’t want to do it this way. Some had rather lose than do it this way. Still, I think this is the way the contest is being played out.