Wednesday, February 28, 2018

It takes a cartoonist …

… Trump as “Clown Genius” | City Journal. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Adams continued to issue bold predictions throughout the election cycle, a spooky number of which actually came true, including the most important one: Trump’s victory. Adams was arguably the most accurate pundit in the last election. Cashing in on his new fame, he has written Win Bigly, analyzing the election and detailing his theories of persuasion.


  1. Trump obviously persuaded a lot of people--and disgusted a lot of others. I don't see any 'genius' in getting it right not even half the time.

  2. In effect, all Adams is saying is that Trump is an effective con man -- something many of us already knew.

    The tools of the con man have been around for a very long time, even if the digital age has made them easier to use.

  3. The biggest con game around is politics.

  4. I read the book and was quite disturbed by it, despite having no use for Clinton and the Dems. It's not just an account of how Trump won, it's basically a celebration of psychological manipulation of the sort one might hear at a convention of advertising executives. If people generally are as irrational and easy to manipulate as he claims, the case for democracy is pretty weak.