David Brooks, the New York Times columnist, recently issued an interesting mea — or rather nostra — culpa for underestimating the appeal of Donald Trump. “We expected Trump to fizzle because we were not socially intermingled with his supporters and did not listen closely enough. For me, it’s a lesson that I have to change the way I do my job if I am going to report accurately on this country.”
Wherever Trump is headed after Wednesday’s momentum-killing defeat in Wisconsin, it’s worth examining why almost no one in the US media elite saw him emerging as a genuine contender until he started winning real votes. That failure speaks, as Brooks says, to a disconnect between the American punditocracy and the world it purports to know about.