I have no issue with Eric Fehrnstrom’s defense of Mitt Romney (“Don’t blame Romney for Trump”), but his placing blame for the Donald Trump phenomenon on as many others as possible damages his argument. Does Fehrnstrom not get it that the foundation of Trump’s success is the candidates’ no-holds-barred leveraging of blame?
Blame is the bread and butter of modern American political strategy. Perhaps it has always been so, but the technological capability to amplify and focus it in order to reach targeted communities of supporters has never been higher. Perhaps professional political strategists such as Fehrnstrom should reflect on this a bit more.