Tim Carney in the Washington Examiner has just slapped a No Labels sticker on Trump’s triumphant forehead. The No Labels group is all about bipartisan pragmatism apparently, and according to Carney, Trump fits perfectly because of his non-existent ideology. Donald Trump’s got a touch of the f-word, if you believe Carney. But he’s not ideological. He’s the emblem of European right-wing, nationalist, white-identity politics, according to others. But he’s not ideological. He’s an extreme xenophobic populist. But he’s not ideological.

So which is it, in the view of Trump’s many critics?

Will Trump – if elected – prove to be a pragmatic centrist underneath the insults? An increasing number of Republicans are drifting towards this position. And hoping they can perhaps help shift the Trump Train towards pragmatic centrism.

The problem is, a train is hard to shift. Unlike a campaign bus which just needs an ample parking lot outside a mall somewhere near your home town. And a plane needs an airport, hopefully one with runways, and a nice big hangar at the edge of the tarmac. Trump is Trump’s guide in other words. And while he apparently does listen carefully – how in the world could he have pulled off such a stunning upset without being a very shrewd observer? – he is the point guard, the quarterback, and the coach.

It’s not the No Label. It’s the Donald Private Label. And no one can really predict what this unique brand will come up with on any given day. But what it does involve is undermining the current conservative conventional wisdom. Over and over again. And it has worked. Boy, has it worked.

So when Carney complains that Trump does not recognize the inherent difficulties of today’s divisive ideological landscape, it sounds a little like a fussy philosophy professor complaining that a student actually wants a little clarity when thinking about post-modern society’s problems. What a naive little fool!

Trump has pushed back against the cosmopolitan consensus on immigration, trade, and national security. A consensus which he has been very much a part of – as a successful New York developer and businessman at large. But his break with that consensus came at just the right time. What kind of alternative consensus he forms is very hard to tell at this point. But some kind of alternative consensus will be needed at some point soon. Even as he turns his Twitter-Bazooka on Hillary Clinton.

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