… politic and abroad whose most obvious parallel in prewar Japan was the 1931 invasion of Manchuria. Both were cases in which the governing elites of the time were completely caught off-guard by grassroots nationalist movements seeking to upset the status quo. In Japan in 1931, the Mukden Incident (the staged bombing that served as the Imperial Army’s pretex…
I won a extra guitar on a 6:1 bet placed the evening before The Donald romped home on his electoral college rubber stamping.
We like to think Donald was the joke candidate who made it too far for the punchline to stay funny.
However, the GoP was happy to entertain quite the menagerie of wingnuts as potentials in 2012 and in 2008.
The only real thing to my mind that seems to have changed that the clichéd last minute switch to a more recognisably functioning human being simply did not happen that time.
Was there a sudden upwelling from the left field? I’m no expert, but let’s be honest, some of those faces (Stone!) are awfully familiar looking.
I don’t think what I’m saying undermines your thesis, BTW.
And you are not the first to bring up Japan in the context of recent developments.