According to David Brooks in his latest New York Times op-ed entitled "Donald Trump’s Allure: Ego as Ideology," "We are now living in a time of economic anxiety and political alienation." (Who would have ever known that?) Contending that these factors have set the stage for another Donald Trump presidential campaign, Brooks says of Trump:
"The times are perfect for Donald Trump. He’s an outsider, which appeals to the alienated. He’s confrontational, which appeals to the frustrated. And, in a unique 21st-century wrinkle, he’s a narcissist who thinks he can solve every problem, which appeals to people who in challenging times don’t feel confident in their understanding of their surroundings and who crave leaders who seem to be.
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Never before have we experienced a moment with so much public alienation and so much private, assertive and fragile self-esteem. Trump is the perfect confluence of these trends. He won’t be president, but he’s not an aberration. He is deeply rooted in the currents of our time."
But if Trump is today's supreme prophet of narcissism, what is Hillary, if not its high goddess. On Sunday, Maureen Dowd spoke of her "patina of entitlement and inevitability," as she engaged in "destroying digital messages and thwarting official investigations while acting all innocent about wiping out sensitive material."
And what is Facebook, if not the holy grail of narcissism from which we all sup?
"Economic anxiety" and "political alienation"? How about "economic collapse" and "political abhorrence"?
Unfortunately, it's too early in the morning for a ritual shot of vodka.