This is not about Jacob Rees Mogg but begins with him:
I tweeted that if he truly thinks that and is not just seeing off Boris’s challenge, and always assuming the MSM is not lying/distorting in this case, then he’s a fool and has lost my vote, maybe many others.
The thing they don’t seem to get, and this is being seen in Trump now, is that you cannot renege on the promises you made your base. At least you can but then you’re yet another pollie.
At the moment, Ann Marie Waters is going for the UKIP leadership on the basis of what she says is what she means, and that’s one reason she is feared – there are others.
Trump has seriously lost it. All right, he may be playing a long game but that cuts no ice with that sort of supporter – us. He was elected to do something, specifically because he looked like he would, no matter how naive that is.
One point of naivety and one which has been levelled at the Popes, is that soon after election, there is some sort of switch. All major leaders have doubles, Churchill did, others did – it’s the simplest thing.
A second is that no one populist can be leader, if only by the simple expedient of the Manchurian. The Kelly gang just send him to the CIA white room and things are done, he comes out a new man. He can be a neo-con one day, he can cut a deal with the Democrats the next over DACA.
The base is nonplussed but he doesn’t even get to see any of that. Already I’ve seen tweets from him, at least under his account, but that might just be Hope Hicks.
The last point I’d make is that he and so many pollies are obviously after Beloved Leader status, hence the hurricane presence, hence the boy mowing the lawn, hence the rallies. What someone who controls him or has hemmed him in over his pre-election deals does not understand is – once again – that his base is not the type to blindly follow after he reneges on too many policy promises.
He’s still a vastly better alternative to Clinton but that’s not saying much. Looking back at our own situation here – it’s pretty dire.