It’s not just a recipe nor is it just the price tag

Roger Kimball: Process vs. Product: Why the Dems Keep Losing – Dowd: “The Republicans have a wildly unpopular, unstable and untruthful president.” Really?

But what Rahm, Tim Ryan, Maureen Dowd, and the other anti-Trump Wise Hats don’t see is that the fundamental issue is not “motivating the base,” running a slicker campaign, and figuring out how to the game the polls, the focus groups, and the public’s credulity. The central issue is solving the problems that people have in their everyday lives. Pace Maureen Dowd, Trump is actually doing that. Sure, everyone she “hangs with hates Trump.” But even as she screams about how “pathetic” and “nuts” Trump is, his administration is moving ahead on the issues that actually matter to people, from immigration and jobs to taxes, health care, and national security.

The Democrats believe that process, sufficiently leavened by the emotion of virtue, is enough to win power. Trump has understood that product matters more than process and that professions of virtue are hollow when unsupported by results.

The Coyote hits the same point in another area. AP Writes Over 1300 Words on the Loss Of Summer Jobs for Teens, Never Mentions Minimum Wage – “it put 100% emphasis on pay as the only reward for work, while giving no credit for things like gaining valuable experience and skills.” Again, the left is all about process and seems completely oblivious to the intangibles, except as words. These intangibles include political product, identity, and customer pride of purchase among other things.

Glenn Reynolds: Advanced Petard-Hoistment, Dems/Russia Edition

Focus turns to Obama role. “Months of harping on President Trump’s purported ties to Russia may end up backfiring on Democrats as the White House turns the focus to former President Barack Obama’s failure to address Russian hacking, operatives from both sides said.”

Related: Adriana Cohen: Time To Investigate Democrats’ Russia Behavior.

Reynolds also cites Byron York: On Russia, a senator’s deception, and a timeline of Trump frustration. – “York has put everything in one place, so read the whole thing.” concur.

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