If a guy wants to be captain of the local bowling team, and he’s maybe a little boorish, or a little ignorant, it’s probably ok to give him a pass. But if a guy wants to be President of the United States, America’s Commander-in-Chief and leader-of-the-free-world, should we not demand he be more than a kitschy, ethically-challenged, walking diagnosis? Uh huh. But, given how right-wing pundits and politicians have spent the decades since Ronald Reagan glorifying anti-intellectualism and fostering a loathing for fact, truth and knowledge, it’s surprising that anyone should find Donald Trump anything less than the logical candidate to take Republicans into the general election. Yet, about Trump’s frontrunner status, some on the right still seem a bit, well…
Trump’s dominance on Super Tuesday—and the very likely prospect that his yokel acolytes will be victorious in their pugilistic populist revolt—has sent the GOP establishment into a fevered panic of “shit just got real.” The New York Times is reporting that, “at least two campaigns have drafted plans to overtake Mr. Trump in a brokered convention, and the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, has laid out a plan that would have lawmakers break with Mr. Trump explicitly in a general election.”
On Thursday, they trotted out failed-candidate Mitt Romney to deliver Trump a WWF-styled take-down, but it appears instead they’ve administered a self-inflicted wound. Again. The smell of flop-sweat and panic still lingers.
“The establishment,” it appears, is neglecting one minor detail; when you sell your soul to the devil, eventually he’s going to come to collect his due. The time to settle up is now… but some feckless dead-beats are refusing to pay up.
Conservative political commentator and actor typecast for the very same mildly-humorous pedant he is in real life, Ben Stein revealed on CNN Wednesday that he was considering casting his vote for the Democratic candidate in November because he thinks Trump is “misinformed.” Therein lies the mother of all understatements.
Stein joins the ranks of at least twenty-two other Republican heavy-weights who’ve made it publicly known that they have no intention of supporting a Trump presidency with their vote. Nebraska Republican Senator Ben Sasse—a self-styled “movement conservative,” whatever that is—took to Facebook with a lengthy and semi-intelligible post, writing, “A presidential candidate who boasts about what he’ll do during his ‘reign’ and refuses to condemn the KKK cannot lead a conservative movement in America.” Unlike Stein, Sasse says he won’t vote Democrat, but he’ll instead seek a “third option.” Good enough for me!
Admittedly, I have no shame for the schadenfreude I’ve experienced while witnessing these horrifying and glorious months-of-Trump, and even less sympathy for “poor-me’ing” from those who’ve spent decades sowing seeds of distrust for the government, contempt for education and deception about the veracity of science, having unleashed upon America the most unqualified, duplicitous, bigoted, narcissistic, unprincipled and destructive Presidential hopeful in the history of everything.
Sorry GOP, you broke it, you own it. Please spare us the handwringing. It’s too-little-too-late, so quit bellyaching about the monster you’ve created, and do something about the jingoism, misogyny and fear-mongering that you’ve so warmly welcomed to your party.
Maybe give working for the public-good a try.