Let’s say a newspaper plans to endorse a candidate, but that candidate lacks a realistic platform, exhibits a disturbing and able propensity to stir up xenophobic and racist heartstrings, and whose message, when not focused on putting others down, is an ever expanding balloon of ego inflation. What, as an editorial board, is your approach?
If you’re the Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post, you just go ahead an pretend that will all go away.
“Should he win the nomination, we expect [Donald] Trump to pivot — not just on the issues, but in his manner. The post-pivot Trump needs to be more presidential: better informed on policy, more self-disciplined and less thin-skinned,” writes the Post editorial board in its endorsement of the “rookie candidate—a potential superstar of vast promise, but making rookie mistakes.”
This is potentially vital information, if we were using it to make a decision about our fantasy baseball team. But even then, there’s usually a set of stats informing that analysis, and “businessman” and “do-er” doesn’t really do it in this case.
The Post goes on to critique some Trump proposals, as well as his “amateurish, divisive—and downright coarse” language.
But that’s OK, because “what else to expect from someone who’s never been a professional politician and reflects common-man passions?” And, as the Post reminds us, in the chrysalis before the upcoming general election, the coarse little caterpillar will pivot and transform into a butterfly. He will be the most beautiful butterfly you’ve ever seen.
On second thought, is that even necessary? If you really think about it, “his political incorrectness is one of his great attractions—it proves he’s not one of ‘them.’ He’s challenging the victim culture that has turned into a victimizing culture.”
So forget about all that. Trump will just be all things to all people, because this is mainly an exercise in speculative endorsement. “In the general election, we’d expect Trump to stay true to his voters—while reaching out to those he hasn’t won yet,” writes the Pollyanna Post.
In conclusion: make America great again.