July 10, 2019

ROGER KIMBALL: ‘We will no longer deal with him’ was the end of Sir Kim Darroch. “In the world of Sir Kim, Donald Trump is, or should be, an impossibility. Many commentators noted that he, like the rest of the world, believed that Hillary Clinton (remember her?) was the inevitable, necessary winner of the 2016 US presidential election. The fact that that ineluctable eventuality failed to materialize was not only an intellectual stupefaction, it was a political, an existential outrage. Sir Kim was not alone in his opinions about the failures of Donald Trump and his administration. The entire confraternity of honorary Sir Humphreys — from Paul Ryan on down — thought the same. Sir Kim’s sin was not opining as he did but rather in being exposed as having done so.”

If these elites had a better track record, maybe they’d deserve the deference they demand. But they don’t, and in the Trump era they’ve been revealed as not only incompetent, but also petty and immature, even as they pretend to be the adults in the room.

Plus: “Serious people in Britain should focus their attention on discovering the person or persons who leaked the cables. Those responsible did so in part to embarrass Donald Trump, of course, but they did it also in order to interfere in the forthcoming British election.”

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