Alas, No : Telling people they've been suckered is not a winning argument, even if it's true.

I agree with basically everything in this NYT op-ed piece by Charles M. Blow from a week or so ago:

The con Donald Trump committed on his voters is slowly coming undone. He is not honest. He is not a brilliant deal maker. He is not even competent.

His entire life, Trump has sold shimmer and called it silver. It was and is all an illusion, a brand built on selling banality with braggadocio. He shaped vapors into dreams and delivered them to those hungry for a taste of the showy, hollow form of the high life he came to represent. He was successful at exploiting those with an ostentatious appetite for the air of success. Trump’s life story is a pyramid scheme of ambitions.

He took that history to a people struggling through a drought of opportunity and he exploited their weaknesses: a shrinking sense of economic security and growing nativist tendencies.

As much as I agree with Blow's argument, however, "You are a sucker who got played" is possibly the worst political message I can imagine. If Democrats or anyone on the left makes this argument, they come across as exactly the prententious jerks that Trump voters perceive them to be.

So what to do? I'm not sure.

While I do not have any specific, concrete suggestions as to how to do this, I think it comes down to providing Trump with every possible opportunity to expose himself as the failure that he is, and let voters figure it out for themselves, on their own terms.

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  366. "Free v. Not free" is overly simplistic.
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  414. VHS v. Betamax
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  417. Zappos is creepy.
  418. Your phone is not the problem.
  419. Deconstruction
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  421. Process improvement
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  424. People like the idea of privacy and security.
  425. Complicated things are complicated.
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  428. Priorities, people
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  430. Heidegger's *Schwarzen Hefte*, or "Leaving Godwin's Law in the rear-view mirror"
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  438. Trying out Beats Music
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  441. No, we shouldn't go back to Project Management 101.
  442. You should go read *The Unwritten*.
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  444. State of the Union predictions
  445. Childhood traumas: "The Shadow Man"
  446. Yay! You hit your KPI. Too bad no one cares.
  447. I want to like *Helix*, but…
  448. I'm sure ACORN is somehow to blame for this.
  449. Yes, your explanation is simpler if you toss out the complicated parts.
  450. Mike Huckabee, expert on women
  451. Thinking before you write
  452. *Wildewoman* - Lucius
  453. Bringing the Catholic Church into a year that has four digits
  454. "Do what you love" and unexamined privilege
  455. Perhaps your secret sauce is a bit too secret.
  456. Hate the show, not the venue.
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  460. Crippling injuries build character.
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  462. Saving bookstores
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  466. *Grasshopper On the Road* by Arnold Lobel
  467. Syfy's *Helix* seems like a mixed bag.
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  469. GMOs and the Monsanto boogeyman
  470. Your tax dollars at work
  471. let.ter - Taking minimalism a bit far
  472. Holacracy
  473. Yes, people really do still blog.
  474. Healthcare is expensive because people are trying to make money off of it.
  475. Duck Dynasty
  476. No one cares about your private cloud.
  477. Organizational "culture" discussions are mostly empty
  478. bell hooks on Sheryl Sandberg's *Lean In*
  479. So there's a new Death Angel album...
  480. No, Lacan is a just a bad writer.
  481. Money is speech
  482. Clearly
  483. Parking
  484. Nightbreed, The Cabal Cut
  485. It's like when we were all going to boycott Facebook.
  486. It depends on what you mean by "free will."
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  488. ZOMG! Fingerprints!!!
  489. People don't scale
  490. No–stronger encryption is not the answer
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  492. Epistemology
  493. Bespoke
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  495. Yes, deals with Mr. Morden are likely to end badly.
  496. We want INFORMATION!
  497. Passive-aggressive politeness
  498. Agile is not always the answer to everything.
  499. *My Amityville Horror* is not a great documentary, but it's worth watching.
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  502. Really, DC? REALLY?
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  504. Suspension of disbelief
  505. This is why bookstores are a niche business.
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  507. Personal experience v. policy
  508. Concern-trolling Gmail and "the cloud"
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  514. Sometimes a methodology can be taken too far.
  515. "Let's just stick with what we've got..."
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  517. I'm not even sure your enterprise private cloud *could* succeed.
  518. If you haven't already, go watch *Dredd*
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  521. Meetings
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  523. Finally looked at the NYT's Snow Fall thing
  524. Time-tracking
  525. Prophecy
  526. More guns
  527. Guns
  528. Bold Leadership
  529. Hanlon's Razor
  530. That legacy stuff
  531. It's not about what box someone wants to put it in
  532. Tuhin Kumar on content in a digital era
  533. Money, politics, and Machiavelli
  534. I am skeptical that your tax plan will work any better.
  535. No, that's NOT the definition of insanity.
  536. The Walking Dead, now with more zombies
  537. The original Prometheus script seems interesting
  538. Commonplace is kind of nifty
  539. That Kant was a smart guy.
  540. Petraeus
  541. The World War Z trailer
  542. You should have bicycles
  543. The technorati fallacy
  544. One of my favorite types of requests
  545. The Lucasfilm thing
  546. The hermeneutics of automated configuration management
  547. I kind of agree with Descartes that philosophy should be done later in life
  548. It's not political discussion if you're just yelling at me.
  549. Complicated things are complicated (October 2012)
  550. The forest, the trees, and the DVDs
  551. Undecided voters
  552. David Quammen's new book seems good, but not sure I'll read it
  553. Found a new philosophy podcast
  554. Yes, pitty the poor billionaires and their thankless lives of toil.
  555. The ongoing adventures of Walter Bishop
  556. One can do a lot worse than "good enough."
  557. Is that a missile in your yard, or are you just trying to deter something?
  558. That's fine, but Aristotle still makes for tedious reading.
  559. Nevermind came out 20 years ago today
  560. Messing around with OpenPhoto
  561. Safety nets
  562. So, the Romney thing
  563. Your data-mining sucks
  564. Started watching Homeland
  565. The Clint Eastwood thing
  566. Enjoy the current plethora of music streaming choices while you can
  567. I invoke Sturgeon's Law
  568. Why would the FTC have anything to say about Twitter?
  569. The Lance Armstrong thing
  570. Actually, I expect Todd Akin to announce his candidacy for President any day now
  571. A lot of Can
  572. Finished the first series of *Downton Abbey*
  573. So Paul Ryan is Romney's VP pick
  574. Writing apps
  575. Distorted markets
  576., or, why it's still tough to compete with free
  577. Unfortunately, gun ownership and car ownership are not the same thing
  578. A bit more on the HBO thing
  579. OS upgrades
  580. Or I could just go listen to the album
  581. Monster Movie Week!
  582. As goes Sparrow...
  583. Why is Twitter more interesting to me than Facebook?
  584. Fantastical + Entourage + Exchange = WEIRDNESS
  585. Network neutrality, obviously a communist plot
  586. Nope, advertising just sucks
  587. Reading
  588. Interesting, but seems like asking for trouble
  589. Who needs it!
  590. Advantage, Mutt
  591. Do you want the answer, or not?
  592. ACA coverage and systems failure
  593. To-do lists
  594. So long, Weather Underground
  595. Checked baggage
  596. The challenge of spending any amount of time in Boston
  597. From the $2 bins at the record store
  598. I haven't seen *Prometheus*, but....
  599. The HBO thing
  600. It shouldn't matter which device I'm using
  601. Not exactly random, but good listening
  602. The Dark Knight... meh
  603. Because Kubrick is a good director, and Ridley Scott is not
  604. Country Roads, Take Me Home
  605. Memorial Day
  606. The revolution will not be Harvardized
  607. Chrome + Google Reader + space bar = ANNOYING
  608. Oddball behind-the-scenes photos
  609. The Times-Picayune, and chasing the wrong problem
  610. Experimenting with Pelican
  611. Readlists
  612. The classroom as an open, iterative project
  613. Yes, the Michael Wolff article
  614. Jevon's Paradox and the Cloud
  615. War Hazard Eliminated!
  616. Unintended Consequences
  617. Limbaugh blah blah blah
  618. You’re playing their game
  619. I highly doubt that AppleTV will magically kill the cable companies
  620. Breitbart
  621. I’m not sure I follow *you*, Mr. Romney…
  622. Maybe they think I’m going to buy another one?
  623. A bit more on The Shining
  624. Obviously, The Shining is *really* about the capitalist oppression of the working class
  625. 47 days of music seems like not that much…
  626. Regrettably, a post on campaign finance reform
  627. Why stop with in-app purchases?
  628. Opera would have saved the Lindbergh baby
  629. Actually, I would prefer not to deal with a human
  630. Ip Man
  631. Yes, but I’m still one one who has to decline the meeting invite
  632. Bogeyman
  633. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: *The Blob (1988)*
  634. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: *Isolation*
  635. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: The Crack In the World
  636. BASIC
  637. In which I am paid back for 10+ years of scoffing
  638. The Comcast/Netflix thing
  639. My power is beyond your understanding!
  640. Out-stupiding the TSA
  641. I see what you did there
  642. The problem with *Stargate:Universe*
  643. That "15 albums" thing
  644. Pedestrian v. motorist v. bicycle
  645. Sorry guys, it's still just a hobby
  646. Sunny side up, hold the overflowing manure pits
  647. That's an interesting definition you have there
  648. James Cameron v. the philistines
  649. Sometimes zombies and politics do mix.
  650. Damn hell ass boobies (2006)
  651. Whither censure?
  652. Stealing TV, Part II
  653. OCTOBER?!
  654. Chasing boogeymen
  655. Nice vetting job, folks
  656. In a move that gives bootlicks and sycophants everywhere a bad name...
  657. As goes South Dakota... well, hopefully not
  658. A discovery that should surprise exactly no one
  659. And no, I don’t care what anyone was wearing
  660. The worst idea I’ve ever heard
  661. Once again, ladies and gentleman, the professionals at work
  662. Supporting the freedom-haters
  663. Why I’m glad I’m not a miner
  664. Say it some more, because that will make it true
  665. Music update - February 2006
  666. The Corporation
  667. Watching TV without having TV
  668. Google strikes again (2006)
  669. Belle & Sebastian – The Life Pursuit
  670. Touchy subject
  671. Take my ports. Please.
  672. NUTS!
  673. One year older than I was at this time last year
  674. Gaim 2.0 beta is surprisingly unannoying
  675. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
  676. Lewis Black
  677. Uhhhhhhh...
  678. The Yes Men
  679. And again, my apologies
  680. I did it for you, Damien
  682. The site may be slow today
  683. Electronic mediocrity
  684. Maybe they are better off...
  685. Angry Dick strikes again
  686. Capote
  687. The gang that couldn’t shoot straight
  688. Why I don’t believe in a lot of stuff
  689. Wherein Pete despairs
  690. A long overdue return to an old favorite
  691. The Plame Name Blame Game Revisited (with pictures)
  692. Meanwhile, in TV Land...
  693. Hide your puppies
  694. I like VoIP
  695. From the “Oh, ya THINK?!” Dept:
  696. More good stuff (hopefully) from the Beeb
  697. The Monkey and the Sock Puppet, Part VI
  698. So, Mr. Attorney General—what questions will you answer?
  699. The hearings are on.
  700. Apples and oranges
  701. And in somewhat less serious news...
  702. Tune in tomorrow. For nothing.
  703. War in name only
  704. What? Something good from Cincinnati?
  705. Lookee here—I got me a domain!
  706. I will gladly pay you on Tuesday for a scandal today
  707. I suppose that’s one way of putting it
  708. Hooray for books I’ve never read
  709. The State of the Union (in Happy Happy Gumdrop Land)
  711. Flirting with the dark side
  712. Countdown to a big waste of time
  713. What if you had a demonstration and no one cared?
  714. When the hair was big and the booze flowed like water
  715. Weekend music update
  716. The New York Times finally throws down
  717. Today’s project
  718. What not to be looking for on a slow Friday afternoon
  719. The broken record continues to spin
  720. Long time, no music
  721. Yes, I’ve gotten sucked into Battlestar Galactica
  722. At least someone is putting up a fight
  723. More legal contortions
  724. More on Iran
  725. It’s not playing politics when we do it.
  726. Only 20 more hours to go
  727. Original intent
  728. And Iran, Iran so far away, Iran all night and day
  729. You say Alito, I say whatever
  730. Tick, tick, tick, tick
  731. I don’t want to live with the bears
  732. Quick TV update
  733. Still nowhere on the wiretapping
  734. Alas Kermit, we hardly knew ye
  735. Reading too much into The West Wing
  736. A question, sir...
  737. Blogging about blogging
  738. A few changes
  739. HOWTO: The Straw Man
  740. Year-end music round-up
  741. Again with the wire-tapping
  742. The Great Wire-Tapping Caper That Almost Was
  743. King Kong is a giant piece of shit
  744. I’m genuinely shocked
  745. If only we were this interested in our own elections
  746. Angry Dick
  747. The Fellowship of the Wardrobe
  748. Sorry for the delay
  749. The time grows near
  750. Site news - October 2005
  751. Quote of the Day
  752. Serenity
  753. Stop! You’re killin’ me
  754. I want something like War of the Worlds, but on TV
  755. Forensic Show #23
  756. It’s TV time again
  757. Nothing to see here
  758. Going from bad to worse to...
  759. The Return of the Puzzled Chimp
  760. Google Talk
  761. The Crummy Governor vs. the Worst Newspaper on Earth
  762. Liquid Television strikes back from beyond the grave
  763. Voting != Democracy
  764. He’s not lying
  765. Trying to maintain my sense of perspective
  766. The perfect album?
  767. Movies, movies, movies
  768. Yes, Becky, there really is a new post
  769. A bit of background
  770. Leaving, on a jet plane
  771. He also likes puppies and helps crippled children
  772. Consequences of spending two straight days in the rack room
  773. No one ever said beggars can’t be complainers
  774. Again with this story
  775. Music update - July 2005
  777. Whither Rove?
  778. How quaint.
  779. Intellects vast and cool...
  780. and... They’re off!
  781. “I have a secret plan to win the war...”
  782. I’m back
  783. You say quagmire, I say... well... quagmire.
  784. Thank you, FARK
  785. ZOMBIES!
  786. On second thought...
  787. Worst... Interviewer... EVER.
  788. Not with a bang, but a whimper
  789. So it actually didn’t suck
  790. More on the filibuster debate
  791. YES!!
  792. Going nuclear/constitutional
  793. Worth a listen?
  794. Music update - May 2005)
  795. Well, at least it’s not wooden...
  796. Who would have guessed I’d make two posts about the National Weather Service in as many weeks?
  797. Because the government doesn’t have anything better to do...
  798. More on taxes
  799. Happy April 15th
  800. Normally, I welcome change, but...
  801. Long live the Death Tax
  802. Damn hell ass boobies (2005)
  803. Woohoo! It’s Windows Update day!
  804. Wherein Pete refuses to throw his lot in with the fanboys
  805. METAL!!!
  806. The Republicans step up their war on the judiciary
  807. This is the coolest thing EVER
  808. Your tax dollars at work - April 2004
  809. April Fools Day
  810. Groundhog Day, Part II
  811. The devil movies always get me.
  812. IM Annoyances
  813. Wherein Pete attempts to give Congressional Republicans the benefit of the doubt.
  814. What the hell?
  815. I suggest we start a pool...
  816. Drill, drill, drill!
  817. This is getting out of hand.
  818. I, for one, say “Woohoo!”
  819. the gates... THE GATES!!
  820. More “indecency”
  821. And again...
  822. Where have I heard this before?
  823. Anybody want gmail?
  824. Dirty, dirty titties
  825. It’s true because I say it’s true.
  826. Odds bodkins! It has failed again!
  827. One man’s Conservative...
  828. Google strikes again! (2005)
  829. wah-nah NAAHHH nah-nah
  830. More on the latest $80 billion circling the drain
  831. You just can’t write stuff this good.
  832. Argh, I say.
  833. A rose is a rose.
  834. I’d say good riddance, if only I didn’t fear something even worse
  835. Sorry...
  836. “Horse?” asked the Cart, “I don’t need no stinkin’ horse.”
  837. Amusement
  838. The bottom-end of 2004
  839. How Bush Won
  840. New Music
  841. Foolishness
  842. Good news, I think...
  843. The first of many, I’m sure...
  844. Numbers, numbers, numbers
  845. Remember that thing I said yesterday?
  846. We have answered your question, now please go away.
  847. Alright, we’ve fixed that problem. What’s next?
  848. Site news - November 2004
  849. A brief tale of political shenanigans
  850. More good web radio
  851. Another post-election site
  852. If we say it enough, that makes it true, right?
  853. Sorry, everybody
  854. What the hell *is* an activist judge, anyway?
  855. Apologies
  856. Nonsense
  857. Some new music
  858. Your argument is very convincing… if only it were not a tangled web of lies.
  859. The music is back online
  860. What is wrong with our culture, summed up in a single amusing anecdote
  861. Odds and Ends
  862. SCIENCE!
  863. Making a bad situation worse
  864. Derrida, Part II
  865. From the “It Couldn’t Happen To a Better Bunch of People” Dept.:
  866. The Faith-Based Presidency
  867. I am rather disgusted at the moment
  868. Two weeks, man… two weeks…
  869. It’s been fun, Linux, but I just don’t think this is going to work out.