In a lengthy analysis of demographic trends, the Atlantic's Ron Brownstein makes a point related to the concluding point I made earlier this morning:
Despite President Trump’s magnetic appeal for working-class whites, those fiercely contested voters continued their long-term decline as a share of the national electorate in 2016, a new analysis of recent Census Bureau data shows.
That continued erosion underscores the gamble Trump is taking by aligning the GOP ever more closely with the hopes and fears of a volatile constituency that, while still large, has been irreversibly shrinking for decades as a share of the total vote.
A "volatile constituency" is, by definition, subject to change. Thus it is something of a bootless wish for the left to confront the right, for in sheer, practical numbers the white-working-class-centered right is going down.
What I noted earlier is that confrontation with the right is also something of a misguided wish, since the right isn't listening anyway.
Some readers may have misinterpreted that post. Vis-a-vis the right, I was advocating neither a pro-ridicule nor anti-ridicule stance among liberals. If one wants to ridicule the right, have at it. If one prefers to keep one's counsel, then keep it. It makes no difference. Again, the right isn't listening, hence both silence and screeds are equally effective.
There is persuasion to be done, yet it shall be done externally. To repeat: To whatever extent there are thoughtful but nonetheless temporarily insane Trump-voters subject to changing opinion, "they will soon flee the irrational herd — but they must first see for themselves the ruin they have caused. No amount of liberal argumentation will lead them back to thoughtfulness; they cannot be reached — for they reside in unreachable red America. So be it. Liberals' only choice is no choice at all. They must simply wait this out."
In short, benign neglect.
As both the Bible and Shakespeare pointed out (the latter more authoritatively), it is probably wise that one not waste one's time arguing with idiots. However if arguing makes your day, then argue away. The point to grasp here, though, is that benignly neglecting the idiots is at least as effective as confronting them — and far less trouble.