David Cole is a smart guy and worth reading.
I, too, am put off by the Trump cult. Certainly Trump is a good man, far better than any lizard president in the past few decades. But it’s not about him.
Why don’t the Republicans campaign about actual issues? Forget Trump.
I wrote a book on the philosophy of abortion, and judged the case of its moral permissibility inconclusive. I finished by arguing that ideally, Roe should be repealed and the matter be decided by individual states. Let this issue disappear from national politics. But since I have not proven to my satisfaction that abortion either is or is not lawful, I would not personally vote either for or against it in my state.
And I agree that it would be a mistake to focus on abortion in 2022 or 4 at the cost of so many formidable problems we are now facing. I feel that society is falling apart, and abortion is a trivial and irrelevant issue at this time.
Cole is right that Democrats are inveterate political entrepreneurs always seeking to profit from current events. Republicans should learn to do so, too.