One reason our swamp elite punditry and the traditional parties struggle with the environment the AGE of TRUMP has created is they operate within the traditional framework. It is understandable, they own the framework, having paid off the mortgage and are comfortable in the ruleset they have mastered.
Having started my career in the prehistoric days of IT, I observed a lot about the issues with changing a framework humans inhabit , in my case the workplaces of thousands of employees of large corporations. Most projects failed due to complete misapplication of the change because the IT folks missed understanding the framework entirely, rarely on technical failures. At best, early efforts mimicked the existing way of doing things.
Once in a while, you get the right people, the right money and commitment to change and you actually remake the framework. It ain’t easy. The best move I ever made was to find a Montessori teacher, triple her salary and set her to the task of creating the tactics to prepare 5000 humans in 57 cities to change their entire workday process all on launch day while the IT folk were building the software and burning in the network and hardware.
We have had for the last forty years a recognizable framework for electing and running the country and a political consultant class and media who know how to run the apparatus. It crashed in November of 2016. The reason all those elites are angry and a bit off balance is they are living in the rubble of their framework.
Many voters stopped believing in their proscribed role to accept rigged polling reported as news, to ignore actual results versus platitudes and to buy into identity politics over their own prosperity. IBM at one time was king of the hill, but eventually their customers went elsewhere as the framework broke. Business has many kings of the hill who outlived their framework.
Obama ran the last masterful campaign with all the bells and whistles of the old political framework.
The new framework is to view politics as a reality show. You want audience, you give them drama, story arcs, characters they like, villains they hate and you script it out season to season. You make the audience want the heroes to win. It moves the medium from fragmented soundbites arranged in a basket on the old timetable to the oldest and most effective medium for human communication on an emotional and intellectual level, story telling.
Watching a Trump rally is more like an episode of Game of Thrones than a Democratic press conference. It has energy and flow, the press conference seems like a ritualized minuet.
We are watching the transition of leaders similar from Hollywood stars going from silent films to talkies. Most did not make the cut.
So far, I see three politicians who get it. Trump, Cortez and Dan Crenshaw. A fair number can learn (Ted Cruz is learning). Most will not make it to the new framework.
2020 is now moving from energizing voters to dislike (fear based-old framework) versus energizing voters to have their side win.
Which story do you want to be part of? A participant in dislike or a fighter to win? The new framework is a move from class war to active and passive voters.
Trump and AOC both work to make their voters active to win instead of passive to dislike. If the GOP post Trump goes back to passive voters, they will lose to the AOC progressives. They will be selling the wrong story.