Problem: it doesn’t exist.
There are many pleasures to be found in Rick Perlstein’s trilogy (soon to be quadrilogy) about the rise of the conservative movement.But whether we’re talking about ‘Before the Storm’ his book about Barry Goldwater’s 1964 presidential campaign – ‘Nixonland’ his book about Richard Nixon’s two winning presidential campaigns or ‘The Invisible Bridge’ his book about Nixon’s downfall – the Ford administration and the rise of Jimmy Carter – there’s at least one overriding unifying and endlessly amusing motif.
Namely: That many political pundits have no idea what the fuck they’re talking about.
This is the case no matter where on the totem poll you’re happening to look. Often in fact it’s the elite pundits who are most glaringly off-base.
And it’s not just that their predictions are wrong – that’s common – hardly worth noting.
It’s that they’re supremely wrong.
They’re drank from the wrong grail at the end of ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’-level wrong.
They are not infrequently about as far removed from being right as they could possibly be.