Insofar as she has any true convictions at all, the Democrats’ likely nominee has trimmed and tacked to the left. She has endorsed a $15 minimum wage, declined to consider entitlement reform and, in a marked shift, now opposes free trade.
Among Republicans, a similar conspiratorial mindset has taken hold. Our problems — slow growth, crime, increasing inequality — are the result of an evil cabal. The Democrats believe the cabal is on Wall Street. Large numbers of Republicans locate it in Washington, D.C. And just as Democrats finger the wealthy and Republicans as the source of the ills of the middle class, Trumpkins point to immigrants, crafty foreigners and Washington. By sticking it to the Mexicans and the Chinese and the Muslims and D.C., Trump promises catharsis.