chris_gerrib (chris_gerrib) wrote,

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On sublimation and politics, or Old Generals Don't Die...

Per Wikipedia, Sublimation is the transition of a substance directly from the solid to the gas state without passing through the liquid state. I shall address the relevance of that to politics in a moment.

I am continually weary of the phenomenon in which, no matter what evils Trump committed are revealed, he always has a group of loud supporters. I find it concerning. Then I take heart when I see Only 44% of Republicans and leaners want Trump to run again. I think what's happening here is political sublimation.

Basically, one does not (usually) go from a fervent Trump supporter to a fervent Biden supporter. What happens is the supporter slowly loses faith in Trump. When the Trump flag hanging on their front porch gets ripped and faded, it's not replaced, rather quietly retired. The bumper stickers fade, and our supporter stops showing up at rallies. More importantly, they don't show up to vote or if they do they don't vote Trump. Much like old generals, they don't die, they just fade away.

Looking at the landscape as a whole, this fading away is hard to see. Much like something sublimating, it takes a while before the effect is obvious. At least, that is my hope.

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