Actually, we've seen aspects of this case argued before. Roger L. Simon at PJ Media has been putting forth the Trump-is-a-man-of-action-and-that-appeals-to-the-go-getterism-intrinsic-to-the-American-character argument for the better part of a year. A number of people - some savory, some not (think the despicable Laura Ingraham) - have focused on the undeniably real global elite and its erosion of the concept of the nation-state. Of course, the seething antipathy toward political correctness and identity politics that excites Trump fans (and perhaps most notably his black fans, such as Sheriff Clarke, Lloyd Marcus, Herman Cain, and Dr. Carson) has been front and center in his rise.
But, damn it, I've just about had my fill of this denigration of principles that have informed the conservative movement for over 60 years, whether such denigration is presented with attempted subtlety and objectivity, as it is here and in the monologues of Rush Limbaugh, or with flecks of spittle, as it is in the rantings of the aforementioned Ingraham or the all-caps exhortations of the comment threads around the Internet.
And, as Jonah Goldberg has pointed out, foremost among those principles is the cultivation of character and its evidence in a public figure's demeanor.
Every one of the "objective analysts," outright apologists, and slavish devotees has to look squarely, and publicly address, Trump's narcissism, as evidenced by the way he put on a show of reluctance about deciding to run because his "businesses were doing so fantastically," his pettiness as evidenced by his constant Twitter wars, his shallow understanding of matters of the spirit, as evidenced by the what he had to say about Easter when asked this spring, or his inherent hedonism, as evidenced by his remark about Jeffrey Epstein, or his remark about how everything's okay "as long as you have a beautiful piece of ass beside you."
How have we fallen so far that those of obviously impeccable erudition are willing to overlook the matters enumerated in the previous paragraph?
No, Mitchell gets about a 93, but if 100 is the score necessary to get me to say I will definitely vote for Squirrel-Hair, he has come up short.