In today’s NYTimes, opinion columnist David Brooks dissects the Donald Trump political phenomenon of the moment. He’s just a kooky success says Uncle Dave, who pledges never to vote for The Donald. Unlike Brooks, I don’t think the whole sideshow is harmless. My view is that characters like Trump reveal more in the support they draw from citizens who want what they are selling. Trump is nobody if the consumers (civic or commercial) turn away. The fact that he is not being laughed off stage immediately for the “birther” nonsense says a lot about where certain parts of USA society are these days. The “birther” stuff is code for something nasty, and Trump is toying with it. Read Brooks here, and get the NYT if you want more.