Monday, December 5, 2016

Trump is FDR with the fireside tweet: Glenn Reynolds

At USA TODAY by Glenn Harlan Reynolds  -- 

President Clinton said, “I feel your pain.” President Franklin Roosevelt had "fireside chats.” And now President-elect Donald Trump is reaching out to forgotten Americans with a message that he cares about their problems, and wants to help. This could be the Democrats’ worst nightmare.

As Walter Russell Mead notes in The American Interest, it’s an old style of politicking that more recent politicos seem to have forgotten. Trump’s Carrier event saved only a tiny fraction of jobs that are being lost around the country, and it might not make much difference in the long run, but that wasn’t the point. The point was “that the people at the top are aware of the problems of the people at the bottom," Mead writes. "It’s smart governance, but it’s something that the technocratic progressive mind tends to undervalue.”

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