- Sep 2017
Ironically, Pat Buchanan is probably the closest thing to Trump on the national scene before Trump. Buchanan ran for president based on a novel anti-globalist, anti-free-trade take on Republican politics. But Buchanan lacked Trump's "special sauce." He still communicated his bigotry in traditional Republican dog whistles, rather than the naked hatred used by Trump. Without the catharsis of open misogyny, racism, and religious prejudice, the anti-globalist schtick doesn't have enough kick even to make a candidate competitive in a Republican primary, much less to win the whole thing. At this point, Buchanan is probably stewing that he didn't let his freak flag fly the way Trump has. Maybe if Buchanan had been as open with his hatreds as Trump is, he'd have been president.Totally agree. Way too much has been focused on economics, trade, treaties etc and while they may have scored Trump a few votes, the true reasons for his success came down to social ideology. Pat Buchanan actually had a pretty accurate read on nationalism earlier this week in his syndicated column. We really should have seen this all coming.
Why the Authoritarian Right Is Rising | Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website